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Peru’s currency is the new sol (nuevo sol). 1 sol can be divided into 100 centimos.  Note denominations are S/ 200 (very rare), 100, 50, 20 and 10.  Coins are: S/ 5, 2, 1, 0.50, 0.20, 0.10, .005.  In the more expensive establishments prices are quoted in UD dollars to avoid the constant changes in value of the sol.

Becareful! A large number of both US bills (especially US$20 and the larger bills) and soles (both notes and coins) are forged.  Always check your money, even in the banks and from ATMs, make sure, that when held up to the light, the water marks and colour change accordingly.  The line down the side of the bill spelling out the bill’s amount should appear blue, green and pink.  The fake bills are only pink and lack the hologram properties.

Shortage of change in places such as museums, post offices, some shops and markets is normal.  So try and carry low denominations and small change.  Mastercard, Amex and Diners Club are valid, however, Visa is more widely accepted.  Be aware that often there is an 8-12% commission on all credit card purchases.
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