While on planning stage, when booking a tour or once you arrive into Cusco you might see the word “Boleto Turistico” in many places and many times and could be wondering what is it, if you need to get it, why and how. Well, no more worries, in this entry we will answer all your doubts about this mysterious/confusing word.
The Boleto Turistico (translated as Touristic Ticket) is a pre-paid ticket that allows you to enter Cusco’s and Sacred Valley most important attractions.
There are two types of Boleto Turistico:
1) Boleto Turístico Integral
This is a “Complete Ticket”, which means it allows you to access most of the attractions in Cusco and its valleys. Its price for foreign travelers is S/. 130 soles per person ($41 USD approx.) and lasts for 10 days.
It includes the following places:
– Sacsayhuaman (Cusco’s “4 Ruins”)
– Qenqo (Cusco’s “4 Ruins”)
– Puca Pucara (Cusco’s “4 Ruins”)
– Tambomachay (Cusco’s “4 Ruins”)
– Qorikancha’s Site Museum (Cusco)
– Museo Histórico Regional (Cusco)
– Contemporary Art Museum (Cusco)
– Monument to Pachacutec (Cusco)
– Tipón (Southern Valley)
– Pikillaqta (Southern Valley)
– Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley)
– Pisaq (Sacred Valley)
– Chinchero (Sacred Valley)
– Moray (Sacred Valley)
Notice it doesn’t include these important places: Cusco’s Cathedral, San Blas Church, Qorikancha Temple, Maras Salt Mines. To go any of these, you should buy tickets by separate for each one.
2) Boleto Turístico Parcial
This is a “Partial Ticket”, which means it allows you to access just a few attractions inside the limits of the place the ticket is meant for. There are 3 of them, as it has different routes.
Its price is S/.70 soles per person ($22 USD approx.) each ticket and lasts for 2 days. These are the three types:
I – For Cusco. It includes the following places:
– Qorikancha’s Site Museum
– Museo Histórico Regional
– Contemporary Art Museum
– Monument to Pachacutec
II – For the Valleys (Sacred Valley and Southern Valley). It includes the following places:
III – For the “4 Ruins”. It includes the following places:
– Puca Pucara
Again, notice it doesn’t include the places we mentioned before like Cusco’s Cathedral and Maras Salt Mines.
As you can see, if you buy each Partial Ticket, is 140 soles ($44 USD approx.) but, if buying the Complete Ticket, you just pay 130 soles ($41 USD approx.), saving 10 soles (around $3 USD). It is a small amount what you save but if you have a group, summing it up for each person is considerable.
You have to know that the entry ticket, of each attraction included in the Boleto Turístico, is not sold separately. Let us explain better: Let’s say you just want to enter Sacsayhuaman. They won’t let you buy a “just Sacsayhuaman” ticket, they will only sell you the partial one for the 4 ruins that costs $22 USD.
So, as you can see, it’s practically mandatory to get the Boleto in order to visit all great things Cusco has to offer.
You can buy it in the Office of Touristic Information located in the following address: El Sol 103 Office. 101 Galerías Turísticas. Phone: 227037 – 226919. Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM / Saturday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Or you can buy it directly at the sites or museums you are visiting.