Are you excited about going to Peru and starting to think about what you want to do when you arrive in Cusco? There are so many nice spots to visit and capture with your camera. On the internet you probably already found information about Machu Picchu with cloudless photos. But there are so many more things to do. So where do you start?
When you are travelling to Peru and preparing your trips, you must have seen the “Boleto Turístico” at some point of your search. Doesn’t ring a bell? Keep reading and we will explain you all you need to know about the “Boleto Turístico”. 😀
What is the “Boleto Turístico”?
Boleto Turístico is Spanish for tourist ticket. With the Boleto Turístico you can get access to various archaeological sites, museums and other attractions in the Cusco region. It is an ideal and cheap way to explore for travellers who don’t have that much time on their hands. There are different variations on the tickets so you can always find something that suits your plans.
There are four different types of tickets: Boleto Turístico – General, Boleto Turístico – Circuito 1, Boleto Turístico – Circuito 2 and Boleto Turístico – Circuito 3. You can buy the Boleto Turístico at the Gallerias Turísticas in Avenida del Sol 103, a two minute walk from the central plaza.
Below, we will list them all for you so you can see which one fits your travel plans best.
Boleto Turístico – General
The Boleto Turístico General is the most complete ticket you can get. It is also the most popular ticket for travellers and backpackers. This ticket is valid for 10 consecutive days starting the day of purchase. This tickets gives you access to all 16 different sites which we will describe for you below. 😉
The price of the Boleto Turístico – General is 130 Soles, around 40 US Dollars.
Boleto Turístico – Circuito 1
The Boleto Turístico – Circuito 1 is the smallest package you can get and this one is only valid for one day. This ticket covers the archaeological sites you visit during the Cusco City Tour. With this ticket you will get access to Saqsaywaman, Q’Enqo, Pukapukara and Tambomachay. No worries, you can easily visit all these place in a single day.
The price of the Boleto Turístico – Circuito 1 is 70 Soles, around 22 US Dollars.
Boleto Turístico – Circuito 2
The Boleto Turístico – Circuito 2 is a package that offers you access to most of the popular museums in Cusco. So if you want to go to a historical museum or a dancing show, this is your ticket. The different museums you get access to are: the Contemporary Art Museum, Museo Historical Regional, Museo de Arte Popular, Museo de Quoricancha, Centro Quosqo de Arte Nativo and the Monumento Pachacuteq.
It is also the ideal ticket if you want to do a one-day trip in the Valle Sur to the historical sites of Tipón and Pikillaqta, as these sites are also included.
The price of the Boleto Turístico – Circuito 2 is 70 Soles, around 22 US Dollars and is valid for two consecutive days.
Boleto Turístico – Circuito 3
The Boleto Turístico – Circuito 3 is a package of two days in which you can visit several archaeological sites in the Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley). It also offers access to the Maras-Moray tour. Please pay attention that if you wish to visit both of them that the ticket is only valid for two consecutive days.
With this ticket you get access to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros and Moray. The price of the Boleto Turístico – Circuito 3 is 70 Soles, around 22 US Dollars.
What sites can I visit?
The Boleto Turístico – General gives you access to all 16 sites, the partial tickets give access to several categories of them. Here’s an overview of all the museums, archaeological sites and other attractions you can visit with the Boleto Turístico in the Cusco Region.
Archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado):
Museums in the city of Cusco:
- Museo Muncipal de Arte Contemporáneo
- Museo Histórico regionale
- Museo de Sitio del Qoricancha
- Museo de Arte Popular
- Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo
- Monumento de Machacuteq
Find out more about our tours in the region.
Archaeological sites around Cusco:
Sites south of Cusco:
Can I get a discount?
Yes, if you are a student who possesses a valid ISIC card (International Student ID Card) and you are younger than 25 years old, you can get a discount. In that case the general ticket will cost you 70 Soles instead of 130. The partial tickets will cost 40 Soles instead of 70. If you are a student but you don’t have a ISIC card, you can request one in Cusco. The costs of requesting one will be around 35 Soles, but it will also give you 20 US Dollar discount on your ticket to Machu Picchu, as well as the Boleto Turístico for Cusco itself. 💸
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Article edited and translated from Learning Spanish in Peru.