Currency

Nuevo sol (S)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than S190

  • Inexpensive hotel room or dorm bed: S28–165
  • Set lunches: less than S15; supermarkets have takeout
  • Entry fee to historic sights: average S10

Midrange: S190–650

  • Double room in midrange hotel: S85–435
  • Main dish at midrange restaurant: S40
  • Group tours: from S120

Top End: More than S650

  • Double room in top-end hotel: from S250–435
  • Private city tour: from S200 per person
  • Fine restaurant dinner: from S60

Bargaining

Bargaining is the norm at street stalls and markets, where it’s cash only.

Money

Bolivianos can be exchanged in Puno or at the border. You’ll find an ATM inside the Terminal Terrestre that accepts most bank cards and dispenses US dollars and soles. Scotiabank, Interbank, BCP and Banco Continental all have branches and ATMs on Lima; there’s another Banco Continental at Libertad.