The national currency of Peru is the sol, which is divided into 100 cents. The bank notes have 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 denominations. The coins are of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1, 2 and 5 soles. Be aware of old currencies out of circulation.
The US dollar is accepted in most of the businesses, restaurants and gas stations at the rate of the day.
Even though exchange peddlers can offer you better rates than those of a bank, you take the chance of being deceived. Changing your money at the hotel is a lot safer but rates can be up to 5% higher. You can also change your dollars and euros in banks and exchange establishments; they do not charge a commission.
Most businesses take the best known credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express. The use of traveller checks has its limitations; ask if they would be accepted.
When purchasing something with a credit card, check that you are paying the amount of the service or goods acquired only.
The bank branches work Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. They work in the morning on Saturdays. The banks work with the main credit cards, therefore you won´t have any problems using yours.
Peru's country code: 51.
Lima's area code: 01.
You can use coins to call from public telephones or purchase a 147 phone card from the telephone company.
Taxis in Lima
Airport - Lima S/. 10.00 - 20.00
Lima - Districts S/. 5.00 - 8.00.
FOOD / DRINKS
Eat and drink at guaranteed places only. Beware of dishes too spicy, tourists are not used to them. The fruits should be disinfected with a spoon of chlorine in 5 litres of water for 2 minutes.
Typical dishes: Carapulcra, Cau-Cau, Anticuchos, Arroz con Conchas. Sweets such as Mazamorra Morada and Arroz con Leche.
An 18% tax, known as general sells tax or IGV, is imposed on all articles, except those purchased in the streets. The use of the airport has a fee of 18.00 US dollars for international flights and of 4.00 US dollars for domestic flights.
International: 25.00 US dollars
National: S/. 14.00 approx
Between 5 and 10% of the total would be enough in most restaurants. Porters at hotels and the airport expect a 1.00 US dollar tip for each piece of luggage. There is no need to tip the taxi drivers. Tourist guides and tour drivers expect a 5 to 10 soles tip per day.
It is customary to tip minor services with 2 soles.
It is not usual to tip taxi drivers
Visitors coming from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom need a valid passport and a return plane ticket to get a 60 or a 90 day visa.
You must carry a photocopy of your passport with you, and keep the original at the hotel's safety box.
Tourist Information Office (Jirón de Unión 1066, Tel. 01/432-3559), opens Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Municipal Tourist Office of Miraflores (San Martín 537, Tel. 01/447-9539 or 01/444-3915), opens Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to 5:00 PM.
Lan Chile offices: Avenida José Pardo 805, 5th floor, Miraflores, Tel. (51-1) 446 7044 - 241 5522 Fax (51-1) 445 6237
Airport:The Jorge Chavez International Airport (Tel. 01/452-3135) is 10 kilometres (6 miles away from the centre of the city.
Time difference: It is 6 hours earlier than central Europe, and 7 hours during the northern hemisphere summer time.
BUENOS AIRES 14:00 h
2:00 h (*)
3:00 h (*)
(*) Of the following day.
220 volts. Most 4 and 5 star hotels offer 110 volts plugs.
220 V, 60 Hz.
It is recommendable to carry an adaptor for flat plugs.