Tourist Tickets to use in Cuzco
When you will arrive to Cuzco, you will have many places to visit (and to pay for visit them!). The best is to buy the Tourist Ticket (US$ 25 more or less in 2006) which let you enter in many places like museums and visit important places. See the picture # 1 to see the picture of this ticket and also you will see all the tourist places (16 in total) you could visit if you buy it. BTW there is place "Pachacutec Monument" that is included in this ticket but you really don't need a ticket to see it because it's located in a main avenue.
There are other tickets for special places too like the Cathedral and Qorikancha (I recommend both, they are really interesting and plenty of history). See the picture # 2
Best time to go
Cusco has 2 very well defined seasons: the DRY and the RAINY seasons.
The DRY SEASON goes from april until october. Days are usually sunny and nights are cold. This is the best time to go to Cusco because the days are clear and there´s no rain.
The RAINY SEASON goes from november until march. Avoid coming during this period. Sunny days and blue skies to admire the beauty of this wonderful city!!!
- Do not forget that in order to visit the tourist places of Cusco city it is indispensable to buy the Tourist Ticket. Otherwise, you will have to pay a higher price to have access to the 16 main places of interest inside the city and the surroundings.
Cusco: The Cathedral, Museum of the Municipal Palace, Site Museum of Qoriqancha, Santa Catalina, San Blas, Regional Historic Museum, Museum of Religious Art, Sacsayhuamán, Quenqo, Tambomachay, Tipón, Pikillaqta.
Sacred Valley: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero.
- The Tourist Ticket can be acquired in the following addresses in Cusco:
Av. El Sol 103 of. 102 (Tourist Galleries)
Opening Hours: 8:00 to 18:00
Calle Mantas (El Cuadro building)
Intersection of Garcilaso street and Heladeros s/n (Casa Garcilaso)
- The cost of the Tourist Ticket has different categories:
Full Ticket $10
Partial Ticket** $6
* Students that have the ISIC carnet and who are under 28 years.
** This only includes tourist visits inside the city.
All the tickets are valid for 5 and 10 days.
- I must highlight that there are important places that are not included in this ticket, such as: the Qoricancha Temple, La Merced Temple and the Incan Museum, for which you must pay minimum additional fees:
Qoricancha Temple S/.4.00
Incan Museum S/.5.00
La Merced Temple S/.5.00
In Lima this is probably a waste of dough. In Cuzco 130 soles gets you a multi day pass to all the relevant sites including the Sacred valley stuff. If you are just doing a one day adventure since MP is not included in this you can buy one for half as much from most of the guides.
With this you will get into the museums, folk dance sessions among other things.
Aside from the beggars here there are quite a few stray dogs wandering around. This is not Romania where they will take your fingers off. Most of the dogs are scared of people (probably due to beatings from the locals). Kim and some other ladies that we met in town fed a few of them. They were gentle and some would not take the food out of your hand. Use caution here since Rabies is not fun if you get it since they have to stick you in the stomach. Use your best judgement.