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Cusco Tourist Ticket

Understanding the Cusco Tourist Ticket and other Entrances for Cusco Sites

When traveling to Cusco, there are a lot of different sites to see including Inca ruins, museums, cultural shows, and much more. To get into many of these sites, a tourist ticket is necessary. Getting the tourist ticket is easy, since you can purchase it at the entrance of the site you are visiting, but the difficult question is which Cusco tourist ticket should you get? Considering the prices of the tickets, it is good to know ahead of time which sites you are planning to visit so that you can choose which ticket is the best option for your trip.

There is one full tourist ticket that includes all 16 sites in the area and is valid for 10 days. This ticket costs 130 Peruvian soles (about $45 USD) for adults and 70 Peruvian soles (about $25 USD) for students. All the locations included are the following:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenko
  • Tambomachay
  • Pukapukara
  • Museum of Popular Art
  • Museum of the Qoricancha (not the site)
  • Regional Historical Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Pachacuteq Statue
  • Qosqo Native Art and Dance Center
  • Pikillacta
  • Tipon
  • Moray
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Pisac

If you are planning to visit many or most of the sites listed here, then economically it is best to buy this full ticket. Please note that some important places in the city of Cusco and the region have their own tickets and thus are not included in the full ticket. For example, an important site that many people visit in the city is the Cathedral. The Cathedral has its own entrance ticket that costs 25 Peruvian soles (about $8.50 USD) per person. Also, it is a little confusing, but the tourist ticket only includes the Museum of the Qoricancha, and not the actual Qoricancha site. To enter the Qoricancha, which is known as the Temple of the Sun, the price is 15 Peruvian soles (about $5 USD) per person. Another place that has its own entrance ticket is the Maras Salt Mines, which Cusi Travel includes on our Maras, Moray & Community Visit. This ticket costs 10 Peruvian soles (about $3 USD) per person.

Besides the full tourist ticket, there are also 3 partial tourist tickets that are more affordable since they include fewer sites. All of these partial tourist ticket options cost 70 Peruvian soles (about $25 USD), and there are no special tickets for students.

For those who just want to enter the ruins above the city of Cusco, you can buy the Circuit 1 ticket which is valid for 1 day. The Circuit 1 partial tourist ticket includes these sites:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenko
  • Tambomachay
  • Pukapukara

The Circuit 2 partial tourist ticket is valid for 2 days and includes museums and sites in the city as well as the archaeological ruins in the South Valley:

  • Museum of Popular Art
  • Museum of the Qoricancha (not the site)
  • Regional Historical Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Pachacuteq Statue
  • Qosqo Native Art and Dance Center
  • Pikillacta
  • Tipon

The last option is the Circuit 3 partial tourist ticket which is also valid for 2 days and includes the Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley:

  • Moray
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Pisac

So if you are just planning to visit the Sacred Valley for example, then it would make more sense to just purchase the Circuit 3 partial tourist ticket.

For those who are looking to save some money, an important thing to point out is that for many archaeological sites you can still see them without actually buying the tourist ticket and entering the ruins. For example, in the town of Ollantaytambo you can see the Inca ruins from almost anywhere in the town since the ruins are built up on Inca terraces. For Pisac as well from the bottom of the valley you can see the impressive terraces that are built around the mountain without having to drive all the way up and enter the ruins.

In many of the day tours that Cusi Travel offers such as the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour, we do not include the tourist ticket because we do not know all of the sites you are planning to visit on your trip and therefore do not know if a partial or full ticket is best. However, for our packages where we visit many different sites we include the full tourist ticket and all site entrances.