The Boleto Turistico del Cusco is a very special tourist pass that is designed to be used by almost all tourists who visit Cusco and the Sacred Valley of Peru. The pass allows tourists access to a variety of different tourist attractions and activities, which makes it the perfect choice for visitors who want to make the most of their time in the Sacred Valley.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Boleto Turistico del Cusco- all the details of what is available so you can make the smart choice for your family trip. We’ll cover where to buy the pass, and where you can (and can’t) use it. Once you get the pass, it’s tempting to try to visit as many sites as possible!
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What is the Boleto Touristico?
The Boleto Turistico is a tourist pass that buys access to a series of incredible archeological and cultural sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley of Peru. The Peruvian government has set this up so that you cannot purchase an individual entry ticket to any of the included sites- you must buy one of the Boleto Turistico tickets.
With this ticket, you will get to explore some of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Peru, and you will be able to learn about the rich history and culture of the country. If you are planning on visiting Cusco or the Sacred Valley, then the Boleto Turistico is a must-have!
There are 4 Types of Boleto Touristicos- the Boleto General, and the Boleto Parcial Circuito I, II, and III.
The Boleto General is the ticket that will make the most sense for most traveling families. It is good for 10 consecutive days from the date of purchase and covers 16 sites in the Sacred Valley.
If you are going to spend more than 2 days at various sites around the Sacred Valley, this ticket is the most cost-effective.
The included sites are:
- Puka Pukara
- Monumento a Pachacuteq
- Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo
- Museo de Sitio Qorikancha
- Museo de Arte Popular
- Museu de Arte Contemporaneo
- Museo Historico Regional
Note: Machu Picchu (hello family travel bucket list!) and Salinaras de Moras are not included in any of the Boleto Touristicos. Tickets to these sites must be purchased separately.
The Boleto Parcial is only good for 2 consecutive days from the date of purchase. You have to choose one of the following circuits:
Circuito 1: Includes Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay
Circuito 2: Includes Museo de Sitio Qorikancha, Museo Historico Regional, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Monumento a Pachacuteq, Pikillaqta,and Tipon
Circuito 3: Includes Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray.
What is Not Included in the Boleto Turistico?
It is important to note that the Boleto Turistico Cusco does not cover every site or attraction. The main places that are not covered and require a special ticket, which can be bought on-site, are the following:
- Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain
- Maras Salt Pools
- Mountain of Seven Colors (Rainbow Mountain)
- Cusco Religious Circuit (Many churches around Cusco)
- Several of Cusco’s Best Museums
For all these sites, you will need to pay a separate entrance fee.
Where Do I Buy a Boleto Turistico?
You can buy a Boleto Turistico ahead of time in Cusco at the Tourist Galleries on Av. El Sol 103, which is open Monday through Sunday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
You can also purchase a ticket at any of the sites on the ticket. Keep in mind the ticket is good for 10 days from the date of purchase (not the date of first use), so there is really no advantage to buying it from the office ahead of time.
How Much does a Boleto Turistico Cost?
As of 2023, the Boleto General is 130 soles for adults, 70 soles for students, and children 10-17. Children under 10 are free and do not need a ticket.
The Boleto Parcial is 70 soles for adults, there is no discount for students, and children under 10 are still free.
Can I Buy a Boleto Turistico with a Credit Card?
No, you must pay cash (Peruvian Soles) for your Boleto Turistico, whether you buy it in the office, or at one of the included sites.
We’ve found that most ATMs in Peru limit you to withdrawals of 400 soles at one time, so plan ahead to have cash on hand.
Can a Boleto Touristico be Shared?
No, when you get your ticket, you’ll need to write your name on it, it is non-transferable. We haven’t been asked for ID, but they can request it.
Also, note that each site can only be entered once. We were advised by our guide at the ruins of Ollantaytambo that we could re-enter the site at another time if we gave the guard the name of our guide. This may be unofficial, and may not work at other sites.
FAQ: Boleto Turistico
If you lose your ticket you will have to purchase another one. So keep it in a safe place and don’t lose it!
For most people planning to visit the Sacred Valley, the ticket is well worth it. With sixteen sites available for 130 soles, even only visiting a few sites pays off. If you are only in the Sacred Valley for one or two days, then one of the partial tickets might be a better bet, just make sure you know where you will be and what you want to see.
There You Have It: Boleto Turistico
The Boleto Turistico is a tourist pass that offers access to up to 16 archeological and cultural sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The Peruvian government has set this up so that visitors cannot purchase individual entry tickets to any of the included sites. This ticket is well worth it for those visiting the Sacred Valley, as it’s the only way to access a lot of amazing sites.