While many visit Cusco mainly to see the nearby Machu Picchu, there is so much to do in the area that shouldn’t be missed. Luckily, the city has put together an efficient way for tourists to visit many of the main attractions in the area in a cost-effective way. The Cusco Tourist Ticket is 100 percent worth it if you have some time to spend in Cusco and are planning to visit the renowned nearby sites. There are a few options and various attractions included in the tickets, and we will lay all the details out below.
Cusco Tourist Ticket Options
There are two options to consider when looking to buy the Cusco Tourist Ticket: the complete ticket or a partial ticket. Each option covers different attractions and lasts for varying times.
The complete ticket is valid for 10 days and includes entrance into 14 sites in Cusco and the surrounding valleys.
If you don’t have the time or desire to see enough sites included in the complete ticket to make it worth the cost, you can also buy partial tickets that are divided into circuits. Circuit one hits all of the major ruins bordering Cusco, circuit two covers the museums and other sites within the city, and circuit three consists of the ruins in the Sacred Valley and other outlying areas of Cusco.
Where to Buy the Ticket
You can buy the Cusco Tourist Ticket at multiple locations. The best location is at the official COSITUC office located in the Municipalidad Del Cusco building. This building sits on the Avenida El Sol near the Plaza de Armas. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The 10-day ticket can only be purchased at this location.
An alternative option is to purchase the partial tickets at one of the sites included on the specific circuit. Note that all of these locations, including the COSITUC office, only accept cash as payment for the ticket.
Important Things to Note
The most important thing to keep in mind is that you cannot enter many of these attractions, such as Pisac and Saqsayhuaman, without the Cusco Tourist Ticket. If you want to enter these sites, you’ll have to purchase either the partial or complete Tourist Ticket. If you are a student and plan to buy the complete ticket, bring your student ID for the discounted rate.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that these tickets only allow a one-time entrance. Once you enter, you cannot return on the same ticket, so spend your time at each location wisely. Your ticket will be punched at the entrance of each site. The ticket is only valid for the allotted time from the date you purchase it, so don’t buy a ticket several days before you plan to visit any of the sites.
Lastly, there are several websites out there that sell fake Tourist Tickets to unaware tourists. Avoid this and just buy the ticket when you get to Cusco. There is no limit on the amount of tickets sold, so no need to worry about buying them in advance.
We bought the complete ticket, which was very worth it for our several days in Cusco. It allowed us to see the many main attractions in the area. While we weren’t able to hit every site included, we experienced a lot and felt like we saw everything we wanted to see.
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