How To Make The Most of Your Trip in The Sacred Valley
Get the Boleto Turistico or Tourist Tickets
The best and most cost-effective way to visit the Sacred Valley is to buy a “boleto turistico“. Valid for 10 days, this ticket gives you entry into 16 historical sites found in the Cusco region and Sacred Valley.
Tickets include: Ollantaytambo ruins, Chinchero Market and Sacsayhuaman. Buy your tickets when you arrive in Cusco at the COSITUC office on 103 Avenida del Sol in the centre of Cusco.
Pay The Additional for Maras Salt Mines
While the Maras Salt Mines are not included in the boleto turistico, they are one of the most amazing sites in the Sacred Valley. Knowing that the system used to harvest the salt is the same one that pre-dates the Inca empires is incredible and worth seeing for yourself. Get there by taxi or minivan collectivo or minivan and pay the 10 soles (approx $3.08 USD) admission fee.
Buy Your Tickets to Machu Picchu In Advance
The boleto turistico unfortunately does not include Machu Picchu. You will have to get your tickets separately, and in advance. Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can only officially issue 2,500 entrance tickets each day. Plan in advance as tickets do sell out regularly.
There are several options to get your entry tickets. You can buy your tickets online, or via a travel agent, though expect to pay more.
Finally, you can buy your Machu Picchu entrance tickets either in Cusco or Aguas Calientes. You can pay by cash or Visa credit card, and will need your passport to complete the sale.