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Money and costs

Nuevos Soles (S/.)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated October 21, 2016 4:03PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Inexpensive hotel room or dorm bed: S25-85
  • Set lunches: less than S15; supermarkets have takeout
  • Entry fee to historic sights: average S10
  • Double room in midrange hotel: S140
  • Multi-course lunch at midrange restaurant: S40
  • Group tours from: S120
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in top-end hotel: S300
  • Private city tour: from S180 per person
  • Fine restaurant dinner: from S70

  • Peru uses the nuevo sol (S).
  • Carrying cash, an ATM card, as well as a credit card that can be used for cash advances in case of emergency, is advisable.
  • Credit card fraud is rampant. Tell your bank you will be in Peru and use your card with care.
  • Ask for billetes pequeños (small bills), as S100 bills are hard to change in small towns or for small purchases.
  • Casas de cambio (foreign-exchange bureaus) are fast, have longer hours and often give slightly better rates than banks.

  • Many places accept US dollars.
  • Do not accept torn money as it will likely not be accepted by Peruvians.
  • Don't change money on the street as counterfeits are a problem.