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Tipón on the south-eastern route from Cuzco, is one of the most interesting samples of agricultural terracing and water management developed by the Incas. Still today, water is rushing though the channels and wide terraces - masterpieces of walls - are in perfect condition. Several sourrounding ruins are excaved, and many many more are visible below the soil. Access with BT (boleto touristico).

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A taxi from ruins to main road is more expensive then the opposite direction - try to agree your driver will wait for you. Walking down to the main road takes around 45min. There, you can take one of the cheap + frequent collectivos to Cusco.

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Boleto turistico

A boleto turistico is required for access to some of the sights in and around Cuzco. It can be bought at the Oficina Ejecutiva del Comité (OFEC), Av Sol 103, Cuzco, ☎ +51 84 227037.

There are three different kind of tickets:

  • A full ticket (valid for ten days and for all sites) for PEN130;
  • A student ticket (ISIC sudentcard required as proof) for PEN70;
  • A partial ticket (only valid for one day and a limited number of sites)

Tickets give access to the following sites in Cuzco: Santa Cataline Monastery, Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo Historico Regional, Museo del Sitio del Qoricancha, Museo de Arte Popular, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo Danzas Folklórico and Monumento Pachacuteq.

They also allow access to other sites around Cuzco: Sacsayhuamán, Qénqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay, Chinchero and the ruins of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Tipon and Pikillacta.

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The village down at the main road is famous for restaurants offering grilled cuy (guinea pig). It tastes mostly like chicken, has much less meat but is more expensive and difficult to eat. If you want to, you can have a look into the kitchen where cuy for the next day are prepared and collected in big bowls.

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