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American Currency in Peru ??

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American Currency in Peru ??

Will be in Arequipa and Cusco in April 2012. What is mostly used American money or Peruvian. Which is preferred ??

Thanks for replys..

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11. Re: American Currency in Peru ??

Yes. Bring some US$. You will be able to use it on occasions. But the peruvian sol is your everyday currency.Use your ATM to get soles for most of the time (low or no fees with your bank). HOWEVER! Make sure you notify your bank that you are traveling to Peru and possibly beyond. And do not just do it the week before your trip, but again a day or two before you leave. (sometimes your local bank employees don't get it straight the first time). I also bring my credit card (also let them know twice) for any large purchases, or two use at the ATM in case of emergency (they have really high interest rates and withdraw fees).

In case there is a problem with any of your cards, having some US$ is peace of mind that you can exchange and enjoy your trip.

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12. Re: American Currency in Peru ??

Just curious-why do they want new, crisp bills only?

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13. Re: American Currency in Peru ??

Because the banks won't take damaged foreign bills, or if they do ,the exchange rate is worse. At least that's what I've been told.

Edited: 27 March 2013, 01:56
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14. Re: American Currency in Peru ??

so get a bunch of brand new lower denomination bills? Or just get Soles?

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15. Re: American Currency in Peru ??

Get soles at an ATM for most expenses. Maybe bring some $20 bills (clean, crisp, undamaged) for some of those other possibilities. Lower cost items you will likely only use soles. Often you can use a credit card for hotels & higher-end restaurants & higher-end shopping.

As mentioned previously, notify your bank & credit card issuer you will be making withdrawals or charges in Peru. It would be really awful to count on using your ATM or credit card for lots of expenses, only to find it blocked.

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