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Changing USD for Chile, Equador, Peru, Mexico

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Changing USD for Chile, Equador, Peru, Mexico

We are taking a trip in April encompassing the places mentioned in the Topic.

I know that we will need Chilean pesos and will get some from an ATM in the Santiago airport. We will need them for the supermercado, a trip to Valparairso, and then in Coquimbo.

But then what about Equador and Peru? Will we have to change USD in each country? Will they take Chilean pesos?

In Mexico we usually use USD and have had no problems.

Thanks for your help.

Happy Travels,


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1. Re: Changing USD for Chile, Equador, Peru, Mexico

It would be best to use the local currency in all three countries. You will find ATMs readily available.

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2. Re: Changing USD for Chile, Equador, Peru, Mexico

Are you on a cruise ship to these various countries? If so, then changing currencies is not necessary unless you are planning on using public transportation. Private excursions from the docks are usually negotiated in dollars.

For Ecuador, the official currency is the USA dollar.

They will not accept Chilean pesos in these other countries. Dollars will always be the currency of second choice as you experience.

If you are precurise in Chile then changing currency for a small amount of Chilean pesos would be good. However, if you are just purchasing a few things in the supermarket then your credit cards are fine.

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3. Re: Changing USD for Chile, Equador, Peru, Mexico

Interestingly, the USD is the official currency of Ecuador.They only have a few local coins of there own.

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