General Information


In October 2006 the local time in Lima is GMT-5.

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Currency, traveler checks, credit cards ad exchange rates

The currency in Perú is the Nuevo Sol ( S/. ) sol

The official exchange rate is available from daily newspapers, hotel cashiers, banks and travel agencies. Cash and travellers checks are easily exchanged at these locations.

Almost everywhere (hotels, restaurants, night clubs, shops) accept Credit Cards. The exchange has been around S/. 3.15 to the US Dollar during this year, 2007. This makes the country an attractive destination not only for its natural beauty, but also now for its very accessible prices to foreign tourists.

You can cash traveler checks in banks or a Money Exchange Office (called Casa de Cambio).

Cash withdrawal machines (ATM), banks and exchange offices are available city-wide. Well-known credit cards (Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Diners Club) are accepted in hotels, most of the restaurants and shops.

You can exchange money in banks and money exchange offices. Banks may offer a more convenient exchange rate, although the procedure could take longer. Undoubtedly, the easiest foreign currency to exchange is the U.S. dollar (USD), thus, making it convenient to first exchange your money to dollars in your country. For information on exchange rates check:


Power outlet
Electric power in all Peru is 220 volt, 60-cycle alternating current. Power outlets have 2 cylindrical holes or 2 flat holes with (or without) ground connection. It is convenient to bring an adaptor for these outlets to use your electric devices without problems. Some hotels may offer 110volt too, 60-cycle.

Business hours

Bank Hours: Banks open at 09:30 am and close at 17:30 pm, from Monday to Fridays.
Shop Hours: Shops are opened Monday through Fridays, from 10 am to 8 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 10:00 pm; however, shops located in important avenues are sometimes open on Saturday afternoon. Malls are usually open from 09 am to 10 pm, except on Sundays, when it close at 8 pm.

Tourism in Peru

Official Website of the Peru Tourism :