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Travel advise: payments in Peru
Jet off well-informed to Peru. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Peru.
In most international hotels, shopping malls and larger supermarkets and stores in Peru, you will be able to pay by international debit and credit cards, especially in downtown Lima. Smaller convenience stores, souvenir shops and street vendors will often not accept international card payments and will require cash payments. This is also the case for many vendors in the suburbs and rural areas in Peru.
Unlike chip and pin card payment terminals in the UK, most card payment terminals in Peru work by switing the magnetic strip. Before using your card for swiping payments, make sure that these are enabled by your card provider. Cards such as Revolut require the user to activate swiping payments beforehand.
Be aware of currency conversion fees: British banks may charge heavily for international card payments made in Peru. In addition, your bank's PEN to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in the Republic of Peru, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
You should take PEN cash on your trip to Peru, espially if you plan to travel around in Peru. Cash is an important method of payment in Peru.
Paying by cash will allow you to avoid the currency conversion fees linked to international cross-currency card payments.
A coffee in Lima will cost you around 7 soles. For a three-course dinner in a mid-range restaurant you can expect to pay around 30 soles. Prices will be higher in Miraflores.
The overall cost of living in Peru is around 40% lower than the cost of living in the UK.
The 10-15% rule is not commonly used for tipping in Peru, and you are free to leave whatever amount you want for a tip. This can be loose change or any amount rounding up a bill.
When tipping tour guides in Peru, for example Machu Pichu tour guides, you should give between 10 and 30 soles per day.
Banknotes in Peru
The current set of Peruvian Sol banknotes are dated 2009. The PEN notes in circulation are 10 soles, 20 soles, 50 soles, 100 soles and 200 soles.
Coins in Peru
Peruvian coins range from 5 centimos (0.05 PEN) to 5 PEN. Did you get back from Peru with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Peruvian Sol coins back to cash.
Peru's currency import and export regulations
Currency with a value equivalent to $10,000 USD must be declared when entering or exiting Peru. It is not allowed to import or export currency with a value over $30,000 USD.
Ordering Peruvian Soles online
Order Peruvian Soles online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Peruvian Soles online.
Selling back Peruvian Soles
If you have Peruvian Soles to sell, follow this link to exchange Peruvian Soles to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'PEN Peruvian Sol'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Peruvian Soles.