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  Peru: Handbook : Money and Currency


Money and currency


The Peruvian currency is the nuevo sol, and its symbol is S/. This is issued in 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 nuevos soles bills; in 1, 2 and 5 nuevos soles, and in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents of nuevo sol.

There are banks and exchange booths in the airports where you convert your money into nuevos soles. When you receive your change make sure the transaction was done correctly.

The dollar is widely accepted in Peru as well, but be careful with the variations of the dollar value throughout the country.

When you receive cash, dollars or soles, make sure the bills are in good condition, in their entirety, and without any writing or marks on them. Also watch out for counterfeit bills that could be circulating within Peru.

Travelers Checks


The use of traveler's checks is not very common in the country's commercial establishments. It may even be a hassle to change them for cash in some banks. Expect a 2% to 5% loss from the total when exchanging traveler's checks.

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) 

They are available in the country's main cities.

Credit Cards

The most widely used in Peru are: American Express, Visa, Diner's Club and Master Card; however, they are not commonly used in the provinces.

Money Exchange

Established exchange booths and locales abound in Peru's main cities. Hotels also offer this service, but they use a lower conversion rate. Without a doubt, the easiest currency to exchange is the U.S. dollar (USD). There are street vendors that also exchange money, but if you decide to use their services, be very careful and count your money very well. It is not advisable.

Cash machine

For information on exchange rates check The Universal Currency Converter (TM)

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