I am going to LIma ,Cuzco and Macchu Picchu at the end of July for 2 weeks, what currency should I take and how much
The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.).
It exchanges for about S/. 2.82 for 1 US$.
Other accepted currencies are the Pound Sterling and the Euro.
All can be exchanged at banks or money changing offices as well as hotels (lousy exchange)
ATMs are also available at all cities and you can withdraw US$ or S/.
Bring enouh to get you started, exchange about US$ 100 at the airport to pay for taxis and others and then get cash at ATMs as you need.
Only new crispy dollar bills are accepted.
When outside of Lima, carry enough petty cash bills and coins to pay for petty expenses.
We were in Peru two weeks ago, and the above advice is right on. We took some US dollars to exchange at the airport (right where we were waiting for luggage to come out), and extra for those who accept/prefer US dollars (one hotel, a taxi driver in Lima). Otherwise we got out soles from ATMs, which are quite widespread, never had trouble getting cash when needed.
Since you are from Cardiff and presumably the pound sterling is your home currency, do not bother to exchange any into US $$. Some places will accept US $$, but do not require them.
Just withdraw Peruvian Soles from ATMs, or exchange some pounds (crisp new-looking bills) at banks or money exchanges. As Xochitl says, ATMs are common nearly everywhere, especially along the tourist routes.
ATMs & money exchange desks are conveniently located in the Lima Airport. Rates might be a bit higher there, but the convenience is great. I withdrew Soles from the ATM while my husband waited at the baggage carousel. Then, we went to the exchange desk ("cambio") to change the large bills from the ATM into smaller amounts. Probably could have just used the cambio in the first place!
For many hotels, tours & restaurants, you can use credit cards.
Machu Picchu tickets are in Peruvian soles, cash only, S/.128. Better to have exact amount, as often they have problems making change (you will find this issue many places).
How much you need really depends on what level of luxury you want in hotels & restaurants, and how many souvenirs or alpaca goods you buy. And factor in your airline & train costs. Taxis are very inexpensive.
www.coinmill.com for correct exchange rate varies daily
Always ATM Soles with CC for best exchange rate
or exchange only at big banks.
Carry back up USD $20 new not torn just in case CC is stolen
Lots of places take Visa CC use that a lot too...
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