Pretty much all of Cusco’s sites cost money to visit, but there are a couple of options for tourists to visit more sites and save money. They are the Boleto Turístico and the Boleto Integral. They seemed to be confusing to some visitors so I want to quickly explain them here. Please note they do NOT cover every tourist site or museum in Cusco – many tourists were under that impression when they bought the tickets.
The Boleto Turístico costs S/130 (as of November 2016) and can be bought at the Qorikancha Museum. It gives access to 16 sites in Cusco and the Valle Sagrado. However, only six of the sites are within Cusco. The ticket is non-transferable and is good for 10 days from the date of purchase. Working hours for each site are listed on the back of the ticket along with a map. When each site is visited, a hole is punched in the ticket. If you plan on visiting the sights in Valle Sagrado and are interested in the museums offered on the ticket, it is well worth buying.
In Cusco, you can visit Monumento Pachacuteq, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, Museo Histórico Regional, Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Arte Popular, and Museo de Sitio del Qorikancha. Of these, I only visited Museo de Sitio del Qorikancha and wasn’t too interested in the others.
Nearest Cusco are the Inca archaeological sites of Saqsayhuamán, Q’enqo, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay. I visited Saqsayhuamán but unfortunately didn’t have time for the others. They can all be visited on a scheduled half day tour usually starting at 2pm and finishing at 6:30pm. You can find this tour at pretty much every tour office in the city.
The other sites are much further from Cusco are the Inca archaeological sites of Tipón, Pikillaqta, Chinchero, Moray, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo. I visited all of these sites on three separate organized day trips. All can be arranged in a tour office in the city.
The other ticket is called the Boleto Integral. It focuses on six of the main religious sites in Cusco. The cost was S/30 at the time of writing and it can be bought at any of the sites listed on the ticket. Like the Boleto Tourístico, it’s good for 10 days and non-transferable. A map with working hours are on the back.
Three of the sites are located in one place – Catedral, Templo del Triunfo, and Templo de la Sagrada Familia. They are the most interesting and beautiful of the sites listed on the ticket. The other sites are Templo de San Blas, Templo de San Cristóbal, and Museo Arzobispal.