If you’re going to visit just about any of the main sites in Cusco and the surrounding region, you must have a “Boleto Turistico” (Tourist Ticket). Depending on how many sites you will be visiting, the full ticket (which is good for 10 days) is well worth the cost.
The Boleto Turistico is available for purchase at any of the sites that it covers, but the price varies depending on how many sites you intend to visit.
A very common day tour available all over Cusco is a tour of the four main ruins in the immediate area — Sacsayhuaman, Q’enko, Puca Pukara, and Tambomachay. This is a highly-recommended tour. Tickets can be bought at the first site for 70 soles (about $21 USD) and is good for all the sites on one day during the tour.
Another variation of the Boleto Turistico is the “Sacred Valley” ticket which is good for Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Chinchero. Costing the same 70 soles, this ticket is valid for 2 days which is good as the sites are spread over a much larger area.
[NOTE: visits to Moray are often combined with the salt mines (“salineras”) at Maras which are run by the local villages and costs 10 soles ($3 USD) to visit.]
The last ticket variation is focused on museums in the Cusco area along with a couple of interesting ruin sites a short distance southeast of Cusco. For the same 70 soles, you get a ticket allowing you to visit the Museum of Regional History, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Qoricancha Museum (but not the Qoricancha itself), the Museum of Popular Art, the Native Music and Dance Centre, the Pachacutec Monument, and the ruins of Pikillacta and Tipon.
If you have the time, the best option is the complete Boleto Turistico which gives you 10 days to visit all these sites for 130 soles ($40 USD). All of these are worthwhile experiences when visiting the Cusco region and this ticket — available at any of the sites — is an incredible value.
Because none of these sites have restricted entries, it’s best to buy your ticket on the day that you want to begin visiting.