Can I exchange dollars for Peruvian Soles in the US?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Nov 11, 2012 8:38 AM Last Post By: IncaKola
Nov 8, 2012 11:21 AM
Nov 8, 2012 1:25 PM
1You will be able to exchange US$ for Peruvian Soles upon arrival. You can also use the ATM's in the airport. Don't worry about the late hour.
Nov 9, 2012 12:28 AM
2There are indeed ATM's in the airport and a money exchange booth which will probalby be closed, both from Interbank.
If I'm not wrong the yellow GlobalNet ATM will charge you 3 USD above the commission your bank will charge you, BCP & Banco de la Nación don't charge a dime (at least with my bank card) but you won't find these at the airport.
Nov 9, 2012 1:50 AM
3My experience of many times is that you can exchange money already at a booth when waiting for your luggage to turn up, also at very late hours. Would that somehow not be the case you can use an ATM. A one-off extra expense of US$3 (10 soles I believe it is) would not spoil your holiday. Upstairs there is a machine which changes to coins (hopefully it works), if you would be interested in that, or you order someting at the food court to get notes / coins.
Nov 9, 2012 2:02 AM
4@ CasaAna: didn't know about those money exchange booths as I always rush out the airport. Aren't exchange rates very low?
10 S/. isn't that much, I know. I'm all but a penny pincher but when I have the opportunity I withdraw money from ATM's which don't charge this additional fee as banks are rich enough IMO and in my case I withdraw money once or twice a week it would make a good dinner at the end of my trip as GlobalNet ATM's charge a lower fee from any ATM.
I'm looking for a place to stay close to the airport for next northern hemisphere summer as two couples will join us and these will arrive at the airport with the KLM flight and we'll leave together next morning with the 5:30 AM Taca flight to Arequipa.
The Costa del Sol Ramada isn't an option.
Nov 9, 2012 5:56 AM
5You could check http://www.hostellima.nl/ Reasonably close to the airport, although there are places more close. Pickup can be arranged, although you may not need that with your experience. Very early departure is not a problem. Lots of experience with that. Wake up call, breakfast and arranging of reasonably priced taxi back to airport at any time of the night. Of course at that time of the very early morning the drive back to the airport is very fast anyway.
Nov 9, 2012 7:36 AM
Nov 9, 2012 9:50 AM
7@ CasaAna, Thanks and I have been thinking of that.
I usually stay in Barranco with a friend and also like to have a drink at night in some Barranco watering holes I have been visiting for many many years but I guess my friends won't be into a drink after a long flight and being able to speak Dutch to someone would be reassuring for them. The four of them are in their fifties.
Nov 9, 2012 12:31 PM
Nov 10, 2012 4:21 PM
Nov 10, 2012 10:49 PM
10"Can I exchange dollars for Peruvian Soles in the US?" You can exchange ahead of time of the trip but it's going to be more expensive than if you use ATMs when you get to Lima, as suggested in the above.
If you are Wells Fargo customer you can go on https://www.wellsfargo.com/foreignexchange/ and order there. They draw the money from your account and send you the cash or you can go pick up from a branch. Same or similar arrangements with Chase. Keep in mind that doing the latter will cost more with higher mark-ups plus shipping. When I travel I usually use ATMs abroad to get money at a cheaper rate than exchanging in the U.S. or ordering online. You can also order on Travelex.com but their rates are even more expensive + $6.50 transaction fee than if you exchange at the bank. (Travelex also operate some of the bureau de change booths in some U.S. airports)
Nov 11, 2012 8:38 AM
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