The Boleto Turístico, also known as the Tourist Ticket, is a ticket that grants access to various archaeological sites, museums, and cultural attractions in and around Cusco, including some sites in the Sacred Valley. It is a convenient and cost-effective way to visit multiple attractions within a specified timeframe.
Here are some key details about the Boleto Turístico:
- Types of Tickets: There are different types of Boleto Turístico tickets available, depending on the sites you plan to visit and the duration of your visit. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, there were three ticket options:
- General Tourist Ticket: This ticket includes entrance to most of the major archaeological sites, such as Sacsayhuamán, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray, among others. It is valid for 10 days from the date of purchase.
- Partial Tourist Ticket: This ticket grants access to a selection of sites within the Sacred Valley and Cusco city. It is divided into two circuits, each covering different attractions. Each circuit is valid for one or two days.
- Single Site Tickets: For some sites, such as Machu Picchu, individual tickets are required, and they are not covered by the Boleto Turístico.
- Purchasing the Ticket: The Boleto Turístico can be purchased at the official ticket offices in Cusco or at the entrance of participating sites. You will need to show your passport to purchase the ticket, as it is tied to your identification.
- Validity: The ticket’s validity period begins from the date of purchase. The General Tourist Ticket is valid for 10 consecutive days, while the Partial Tourist Ticket is valid for one or two days, depending on the circuit chosen.
- Prices and Discounts: The prices of the Boleto Turístico vary for foreign tourists, Peruvian citizens, and foreign residents in Peru. As of my knowledge cutoff, there were discounted prices for students with a valid ISIC card (International Student Identity Card). It’s recommended to check the official website or inquire locally for the most up-to-date information on prices and discounts.
- Usage: Each time you visit a site included in the Boleto Turístico, your ticket will be stamped or scanned for entry. Ensure you keep your ticket safe and present it when required.
- Site Exclusions: It’s important to note that some prominent attractions, such as Machu Picchu and the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca), are not covered by the Boleto Turístico. Separate tickets need to be purchased for these specific sites.
Remember to check the official website or consult with local tourism authorities for the latest information on ticket prices, inclusions, and any updates to the Boleto Turístico system.