Why do you need a Boleto Turistico in Cusco and what is it?

28 Jan
Why do you need a Boleto Turistico in Cusco and what is it?
Sunday January 28, 2018 - Posted by to Machu Picchu

Why do you need a Boleto Turistico in Cusco and what is it?

Many of the most popular tourist attractions in Cusco (Peru) such as the ruins of Sacsahuaman and the ones in the Sacred Valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo), but also the cathedral, the Temple of the Sun, a few museums and others, can only be visited when you have a ‘Boleto Turistico’ (officially called BTG: Boleto Turistico General). This Boleto Turístico is a ticket that allows you to enter a number of well-known tourist sites in and around Cusco. The money you pay is for the municipality of Cusco and mainly used to maintain the archaeological sites.


What is the 2018 price of the Boleto Turistico?

For 130 Peruvian Soles (approx US$42,-) the Boleto Turistico grants you access to 16 different tourist attractions in and around the city of Cusco. It is valid for 10 days. Note that the Boleto is just an entrance ticket. It does not include extra services like guides or transport. The price for students with a valid Student ID or an ISIC Card is 70 Soles (aprox $21,-)

Boleto Turistico grants you access to 16 different tourist attractions in and around the city of Cusco


What sites can I visit with the Boleto Turístico in Cusco?

The sites included in the Boleto are:

In Cusco:

    Museo de Arte y Monasterio de Santa Catalina
    Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo
    Museo Historico Regional
    Museo de Sitio del Qoricancha
    Museo de Arte Popular
    Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo (Danzas Folkloricas)
    Monumento a Pachacuteq
    Mirador de Pachacuteq



San Blas Cusco, Peru


In the Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley):



Is Machu Picchu also included in the Boleto Turistico General?

No, Machu Picchu is not included; please do not make the mistake of considering Machu Picchu part of the Boleto deal. Machu Picchu is NOT included.

The entrance to Machu Picchu needs to be paid separately, either on site or at our travel agent when you book a Machu Picchu Tour by train.

BUT when you hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the entrance to Machu Picchu on the fourth day of the trek, is included in the price of the Inca Trail.


Is there an alternative instead of buying the Boleto Turistico?

If you are not going to visit ALL the places that the Boleta gives you access to, or if you have limited time, you might want to consider buying one of the ‘circuits’ instead of the complete ‘all in” Boleto.


Cusco city


The ‘circuits’ are so called Partial Boletos Turísticos. They only give you entrance to to selected number of places.


There are 3 Partial Boletos to choose from.

Circuit 1 — This circuit on Cusco City and gives you access to:
Museo Histórico Regional Museo de Sitio Koricancha Museo del Instituto Americano de Arte
Museo al Inca Pachacutec Convento Santa Catalina Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo


Circuit 2 —- Grants you access to the Cusco ruins:
Sacsayhuamán Q’enqo Pucapucara Tambomachay


Circuit 3— Allows you to visit the Valle Sagrado, the Sacred Valley of the Incas:
Pisac Ollantaytambo Chinchero


The price of each of the individual Circuitos is 70 Soles (approx. US $22,-) (the same as the student Price of the ‘all in” boleta) . Those partial tickets are valid for only one day in case of circuit 1 and 2, and two days for the third circuit.


Pileta de la Plaza de Armas del Cusco


Where in Cusco can I obtain the Boleto Turístico?

You can buy the Boleto at major archaeological sites, or, at the Tourist Information Center at Avenida el Sol 103 in Cusco. We recommend you to buy in advance at the Tourist Information Center. Trying to buy the Boleta at the sites might leave you disappointed because there is no guaranteed stock available. The Tourist Center is open from 8.00 am till 18.00 From Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 8.00 am till 13.00

Tourist Center Cusco
Avenida el Sol 103
+51 84 227 037


Enjoy Cusco!


If you have further questions or if you’d like our help when booking Tours in Cusco, feel free to contact one of the Dos Manos Trip Counselors.



2 thoughts on “Why do you need a Boleto Turistico in Cusco and what is it?

  1. very usefull info thanks!

  2. Great, thanks for this Dos Manos!


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