Posted by: Jessie Kwak | January 8, 2010

Cusco: Sixteen Sites in Ten Days

Today we got holes punched in 2 of the 16 pictures on our “boleto turistico” (tourist ticket). Each picture represents an archaeological site or museum in the Cusco area that the boleto turistico is good for. At S/.130 ($45) it’s steep, but it’s a good deal if you manage to hit all 16 sites. If not, that sucks for you, because you can’t buy individual tickets for any of the sites.

(You can buy two versions of a “partial ticket” good for either the immediate Cusco area or the Sacred Valley for S/.70. I’m not entirely sure what’s included in either combo.)

Rob and I are determined to make the most of our purchase and hit all 16 sites. That includes:

  • Four sites above Cusco: Saqsayhuamán, Q’enqo, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay
  • Two sites on the road East of Cusco: Tipón and Pikillacta
  • Four sites in the Sacred Valley: Chinchero, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray
  • Six museums inside Cusco: Museo Siteo Qoricancha, Musea de Arte Contemporaneo, Museo Historico Regional, Monumento Pachacuteq, Museo de Arte Popular, and Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo.

We just bought our tickets today, so we have ten days to complete this quest before they expire.

Today we intended to hit the four sites above Cusco, though due to an unforseen hailstorm we only got to two, Tambomachay (cool Inca fountains/ritual baths) and Pukapukara (an Inca control/immigrations point).

We’ll be putting together a series of blog posts about our ten days, so keep an eye out for that in the future. Tomorrow we’ll head out to Tipón (more fountains!) and Pikillacta (non-Inca ruins. For reals), then Saturday we’ll head back up into the hills to finish our quest for Saqsayhuamán (fortress) and Q’enqo (carved stones). Hailstorms, pshaw.

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