A Guide to Peru Money

Peru money is called the Peruvian Sol and although we will have a favourable exchange rate, it is not as favourable to its near neighbours Bolivia and Ecuador.

peru money = nuevo sol


It is made up of centimos and soles. You will find coins of:
  • One centimo
  • Five centimos
  • Ten centimos
  • Fifty centimo
  • One sol
  • Two soles
  • Five soles

The notes in Chile are made up of:
  • 10
  • 20
  • 50
  • 100
  • 200


You can extract money from many ATM machines that can be found in most towns and all cities in the country. Like throughout the majority of South America, it is recommended to carry some US Dollars as they are widely accepted as forms of payments for activities and tours.

Peru Money exchange



The Exchange rate is currently reasonable for the US Dollar and the British Pound. Use the currency converter below to find what it is.



Don't be Tricked!!! Tips to Spot Fake Money



Unfortunately, throughout the World, fake money is a problem. As you are a tourist you are often seen as an easy target so you have to be careful when accepting bank notes, especially when they are over $50 centimos.

10 nuevo soles

  1. The notes have pictures and writing on them so check the when you are given one. Fakes are often badly printed so the pictures will be faded and the words have letters overlapped and faded

  2. Hold the note in the air or under a light and see if the watermark of the face is clear and precise. If not, it might be fake


  3. You will see a dashed line on real notes that runs from top to bottom of the note. This is of a different material and a fake will either not have it at all, or the attempt will be poor


  4. Hold the note into the air or under a light and angle it backwards and forwards. The currency value in the corner should change colour. If it doesn't - question it


  5. Feel the note and identify the indentations on the note, like around the hair of the person. If there are no indentations it is probably a fake