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planning an itinerary for Cuzco/MP/

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planning an itinerary for Cuzco/MP/

Quick questions-

1- leaving Cuzco in am- is there enough time to do a quick perusal of Pisac & Ollantaytambo and arrive in Aguas C. for the evening?

2- is it best to arrange for a guide and the entrance fees to Machu Picchu ahead of time?

3- On another note- can you only get into Sacsyhuaman with a Boleto Turistico? Seems awfully expensive if you only want to see that site.

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1. Re: planning an itinerary for Cuzco/MP/

1) Yes.

2) I didn't.

3) Yes, It's required.

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thank you!

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To expand on the above answers

1. Yes there is plenty of time for this as the last train out of Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes is at 9pm, if you are planning this route you might also want to stop by the Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, it is on the way to Pisac from Cusco and will give you the opportunity to see some Condors up close.

2. No you don’t have to arrange a guide ahead of time; there are normally plenty of guide’s at the entrance to Machu Picchu, as well as Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

3. Yes you need the Boleto Touristico for entry to Saqsaywaman, but considering you are planning to visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo, which also require the Boleto Touristico, I would recommend purchasing the full ticket which is good for 10 days and will cover all of those sites as well as several others. Time permitting when you travel from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, you could also stop at Moray, the Salt mines of Maras, and Chinchero. Moray and Chinchero are also on the ticket.

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A quick note regarding Sacsayhuaman. We didn't have time to get the Boleto Touristico (and were not planning on visiting the other sites anyway). We walked up to in the afternoon Sacsayhuaman and the guys at the booth were harassing us for our entrance ticket. Otherwise, they wanted us to pay 70 soles per person. We were not too keen on that because the guy was being somewhat aggressive. We hovered around for a bit and watched the tour groups go through. Then, a young guy who said he is a local guide told us that if we just waited until about 4:30ish, the booth would close and he could take us in without any hindrance, and pay him as our guide. He said that you can enter with local guides (he just waved off the other guys closing up the booth), and he walked us around for a bit. We ended up giving him 80 soles for the 4 of us. It wasn't a full-fledged tour, but it was certainly good enough for this small site.

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70 soles is the full ticket so if they were harassing you for 70 soles, they were basically just telling you to buy the Boleto Turistico. If you are planning to visit multiple sites, which most tourists are because there's a lot of ruins in the SV, it's a pretty good deal.

If you're just visiting one or two, there also is a partial ticket for a lot less, but it depended which sites you were visiting as they were split into circuits. If all the sites you wanted were one circuit, you could get the partial ticket. If you were going to one from each circuit, and the sites near Cusco like Sacsayhuaman and the SV sites like Ollantaytambo were different circuits, you needed the full ticket.

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Sorry wes032 but S/.70.00 Soles is for the partial tickets, the full ticket is S/.130.00 Soles

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7. Re: planning an itinerary for Cuzco/MP/

Sorry, my mistake. Mostly I wanted to point out there are full and partial tickets.

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8. Re: planning an itinerary for Cuzco/MP/

This clears a few things up for me. Thanks for the input! BTW does anyone know about the mtn biking from Ollanta to MP? curious to hear any stories.

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We have had a few guests do the mountain biking (Inca Jungle Trek) and have really enjoyed it, not advisable during the rainy season though as the road is subject to slides during heavy rains. Here is a link to the company that we recommend for more information.

cuscoperuviajes.com/en-inca-jungle-trek-mach…

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10. Re: planning an itinerary for Cuzco/MP/

No problem wes032, we all make mistakes on occasion. That is the good thing about the number of people answering questions here; we can all help each other.