Cusco is a historic city in the Peruvian Andes. It was originally the capital of the Inca Empire. Today, many tourists visit to see the ruins and temples of the old civilization. The easiest way to get to Cusco is to take a short direct flight from Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima to Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco.
Once you arrive in Cusco, it would be wise to buy the Boleto Turístico del Cusco (the Cusco Tourist Ticket).
This is a set-fee pass that grants the holder access to a wide range of archaeological sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, as well as five museums in Cusco. Some of the most popular sites and experiences include Cusco cathedral, the Religious Art Museum, the Pisac ruins, and an Andean dance and live music performance.
Boleto Turístico Prices and Duration
The full Boleto Turístico remains valid for 10 days. It costs about $46 for adults, although international students are eligible for the discount rate of $25 as long as they have a valid student card.
If you don’t want to see all the attractions—or you don’t have the time—a partial ticket (boleto parcial) might be a better option. The attractions covered by the full Boleto Turístico are divided into three circuits. Tickets for Circuit 1 are valid for one day; tickets for Circuits 2 and 3 are valid for two days. A partial ticket costs around $25 for adults.
Keep in mind that attractions do not sell individual entry tickets, so either way, you will have to pay for a tourist pass—even if you only plan on visiting one museum or site.
Attractions on the Boleto Turístico and Partial Tickets
The full Boleto Turístico covers all of the attractions while partial tickets cover one of the three circuits.
Circuit 1 includes Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay. Circuit 2 allows entry to Museo de Arte Popular, Museo de Sitio del Qoricancha (museum only, not the Qoricancha site), Museo Historico Regional, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Monumento a Pachacuteq (Pachacuteq Statue), Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo (native art and folkloric dance), Pikillacta, and Tipon. Circuit 3 has sites such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray.
The Boleto Turístico does not include the following: Machu Picchu, the Religious Circuit (temples), the salt mines, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, the Inka Museum, the site of Qoricancha, and the Casa Concha museum. Transport and guides are also not included in the full Boleto Turístico or circuit tickets.
Where to Buy Your Boleto Turístico
The Boleto Turístico del Cusco is distributed by the Comite de Servicios Integrados Turistico Culturales Cusco (COSITUC). You can buy your ticket from the COSITUC office and tourist information place on Avenida El Sol 103 as well as select tourist offices or authorized travel agencies. The Boleto Turístico is also available at some of the major archaeological sites in and around Cusco. There is no set number of tickets, so don't worry about buying a tourist pass in advance.
You shouldn't have a problem buying one at the visitor's center when you arrive or at the attraction itself.