Nuevo sol (S)
Budget: Less than S195
- Inexpensive hotel room or dorm bed: S40–165
- Set lunches or self-catering: under S15
- Entry fee to museums and sights: free–S15
- Double room in midrange hotel: S165–435
- Main dish at a midrange restaurant: S40
- City tour: S116
Top end: More than S760
- Double room in top-end hotel: from S435
- Fine restaurant dinner: from S65
- Paragliding with guide: S260
Bargaining is the norm at street stalls and markets, where it’s cash only.
Banks are plentiful and most have 24-hour ATMs, which tend to offer the best exchange rates.
For extra security use ATMs inside banks (as opposed to on the street or in supermarkets); cover the key pad as you enter your password; and graze the whole keypad to prevent infrared tracing of passwords. Avoid making withdrawals late at night.
Banco de Crédito del Perú Has 24-hour Visa and Plus ATMs; also gives cash advances on Visa, and changes Amex, Citicorp and Visa traveler’s checks. The Central Lima branch has incredible stained-glass ceilings. There's another branch at José Pardo.
BBVA Continental A representative of Visa; its ATMs also take Cirrus, Plus and MasterCard.
Citibank Has 24-hour ATMs in Miraflores operating on the Cirrus, Maestro, MasterCard and Visa systems; it cashes Citicorp traveler’s checks.
Lima’s casas de cambio (foreign-exchange bureaus) give similar or slightly better rates than banks for cash, although not for traveler’s checks. They’re found downtown on Ocoña and Camaná, as well as along Av José Larco in Miraflores. Consider using street moneychangers carefully, as counterfeit cash is a problem.
LAC Dólar A reliable exchange house; can deliver cash to your hotel in exchange for traveler’s checks.
Moneygram Money transfers.
Travex Buy traveler’s checks or replace lost ones.