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A Price Guide in Cusco: What to Expect to Spend Daily?

With the Nuevo Sol having an unvarying fluctuation, be sure to check out the up-to-date exchange rates before traveling to Cusco. In fact, it can be extremely useful to bring along a handy currency converter, found in all travel stores. This handy gadget, acts like a calculator, in which you can merely enter the exchange rate, depending on the exchange rate at the accurate time and country, and enter the cost. The device will automatically convert all amounts into dollars.

Peruvian currency is the Nuevo Sol. One Nuevo Sol is the same as saying 100 cents. S/.200, S/.100, S/.50, S/.20, and S/.10 bills are available. 1, 2 and 5 Nuevo Soles coins, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents coins are also available.

In Peru, especially Cusco, the US dollar is the most common foreign currency accepted. The US dollar is acknowledged in many shops, supermarkets, restaurants and hostels. But, it would be very opportune to switch foreign currency to soles to make small purchases.

Change money inside banks or with people who can be found on the street, usually outside of banks, with calculators being held in their hands. Banks are opened from 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, and are also opened, for your convenience, on Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Steer clear of soaring exchange rates and additional commission charges, and exchange a negligible quantity of cash at the airport, if possible Exchange only what will be needed at the airport. At all ATM machines in Cusco, Peru, Soles and Dollars are both able to be withdrawn. Some of the best exchange rates are found from ATM machines, with a small transaction fee. Better exchange rates are also found with those people, or official money changers, found outside of banks.

If worried about finding a decent place to rest your head upon your arrival to Cusco, reserve a room ahead of time. Options for a hostel in Cusco can range in prices, so it is all up to you to choose where the best place for you to stay would be. But, keep in mind, that most of the hotels and hostels in Peru offer web pages where you can book rooms online.

When traveling to Cusco, if you can make your own way, you will save a lot of money, knowing Spanish or not. When first arriving to the airport, take a secure taxi outside of the airport, heading to the main Plaza or straight to your hostel in Cusco, costing you around S/.8.

During the day, all visitors schedule activities and excursions to go on, costing anywhere from US$15 to US$200, depending on how long the excursion or trip is and what it is. Going to the beautiful museums and churches Cusco has to offer, have fairly cheap prices, if any price at all, for entry. Cusco is not a very large city, and can easily be explored by foot.

At most all hotels or hostels, breakfast is offered. Be sure to ask at your hostel in Cusco if they offer this option. During the day you will need to have lunch and dinner, you may even want to try some of the drinks Peru has to offer. Usually, the further from the main Plazas you go, the cheaper the restaurants become. There are many local restaurants that offer menus for under $5. For higher quality dining, expect to pay more.

Cusco is a really great place to buy souvenirs. Although, the Sacred Valley offers some very nice things as well, they tend to have higher prices. Although, the shops in Cusco also have a wider selection of souvenirs to choose from. Many locals sit along the streets in the city of Cusco, whom offer very beautiful handmade souvenirs, for reasonable prices.

No matter what your budget is, here in Cusco there are things for everyone to enjoy. Do more research online to check out the costs of activities and excursions you want to experience will be. Based on that, and the cost of your hostel in Cusco, you will be able to figure out how much you will need. As for eating, if you plan to spend money and want to go to all the expensive restaurants, which do not always offer the best food, then you will know how much to bring depending on that. It's no surprise that you can find some pretty good food at small places too.

During the evening, be sure to check out some of the nice clubs and lounges for drinks and live music. All depending on what kind of person you are is what determines how much you will need to bring to Cusco with you. Do not stress about the money issue, just be sure to have a credit card or some extra cash with you for any emergencies that may arise.

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