Handling Money on your Trip
The Peruvian currency is the Nuevo Sol (s/), which comes in coins of 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents and 1, 2, and 5 soles in addition to bills of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 soles. At the time of research $1 USD = s/2.78, and although this varies a bit it is often a favorable exchange rate for tourists from North America and Western Europe. Most tours are sold in USD, however most of your purchases will be in Nuevo soles. Often tourist oriented places will accept Mastercard or Visa, but places outside of urban centers or those not intented for tourists will mostly take only cash – be sure to carry small bills around because many vendors will struggle to make change for bigger bills. ATMs are readily available, especially in the tourist areas of cities, and many feature armed security to ensure your safety when withdrawing money.