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ATMs in Lima

by Pamelita

Hello,

I'm headed to Lima for the first time in 10 years. During my last visit, I had a difficult time exchanging U.S. dollars (some banks did, others didn't, hours were sporadic, etc.). Also, credit cards were not always accepted by smaller merchants.

Are ATMs a good way to go these days (keeping safety and convenience in mind), or should I exchange money prior to arriving in Peru?

Many thanks!

Re: ATMs in Lima

by JessieLang

I was there a few months ago, and the situation is the same. I was surprised that a bank couldn't exchange money for me. ATMs are good, and airports always have them. (Be sure you let the credit card company know where you are going so the machine doesn't eat your "stolen" card.)
Jessie

Re: ATMs in Lima

by GrumpyDiver

I don't know about Lima, but I had no problems with ATMs in Iquitos, Cusco and Puno, so I would imagine Lima would be no different.

Re: ATMs in Lima

by johnmperry

When I was there in 2002, the ATMs dispensed both soles and USD (presumably only with a foreign card).

I did have a problem in Jaen one time, because the ATMs were all Visa which my card wasn't. Apart from that, no prob.

Re: ATMs in Lima

by nhoolb

I travel frequently to Peru-1 to 2 x a year-and always use ATMs. No problems.

Re: ATMs in Lima

by risse73

I also had no problems changing USD in Peru & had no problems with ATM transactions.

If using ATMs, make sure your home banking institution is affiliated with the Peruvian ATMs you'll be using, otherwise you'll incur transaction fees when you get home.

Keep in mind that the exchange rate at the airport is not competitive (adding other fees & costs which makes it expensive, so less change for your buck). Also, changing money internationally may not be competitive with Peruvian domestic rates.

Good Luck & Enjoy Beautiful Peru!

Travel Tips for Lima

The Other Couple & A Guitar Player

by richiecdisc

Lima has its share of great colonial architecture but what separates if from the herd of South American capitals is its cuisine, ranging from great market stall snacks to fine dining. To go to Lima and not try cerviche is to not have been there at all. Guitar players must have lots of stories to tell, especially ones that go from bar to bar, serenading couples in love in hopes of making some money. This particular player had the kind of weathered face that oozes experience and surely he had been making the rounds in Lima for many years. The bar in question had an equitable amount of memories ingrained in every fiber from which it was made, including the barkeep who had not only made innumerable pisco sours but had certainly seen his share of lovers rendezvousing in the timeless affair. This afternoon found only seven players plying the near antique wooden floors of the local institution known affectionately as El Cordano. Two employees easily handled the small clientele as they surely had for the past thirty years or more. The barman was accomplished if not overly friendly and went about his business in workman-like fashion, doling out drinks and food as was obviously and effortlessly his routine. The near faceless cashier blended into the woodwork and was only noticeable when interacting with his cohort. The guitar player formed a strange but strong camaraderie with a local couple, the woman even joining him in a few superb duets. The couple looked to be in their sixties and seemed too absorbed in one another to be married for the potential forty years their ages would allow. Rather it would appear that they were having an affair of sorts, meeting in perhaps this same place for who knows how long, forming a tryst. Or so the other couple fantasized. The other couple was on the tail end of a trip around Peru and Bolivia, catching their gringo breaths in Lima before flying home. What anyone there thought about them is a matter of conjecture. All they knew was they loved the pisco sours, the timeless atmosphere, and the other characters that helped create it.

Watch the Monk Jump!

by staindesign

Suelte del Fraire - This is a point in Barranco on the coast. It is a raw and beautiful place. While you are here there is a "monk" or a guy that walks around dressed up as a monk that will jump off the bridge between the two rocks at the point. Of course he does it for money. I'd say he is quite creative to create this job. Don't be confused he doesn't work for the restaurant that is located there. Speaking of the restaurant, this is a very beautiful place! It has an amazing view, a great place to have a romantic dinner or a drink with friends!

Either way, check this place out. You won't be disappointed!

La Cubana

by XKuger about La Cubana

I don't know if I am spelling this correctly but this is a latin club in Miraflores that playes latin music.

The place is usually very crowed with 20's crowd. Very lively music wil pisco sour flowing freely.

If you want to blend in most definitly a good spoken spanish is essential otherwise you will not be in the core of the club action. Mostly casual. Howver I did see people is business casual as well as formal.

Ocean views and ceviche

by acemj about Vista al mar

So, we decided to stop down at the open-air mall at the end of Larco and order up some ceviche. We also had our first Pisco Sours here, which were very good. The bartender was talkative and the ceviche was great, with some nice spicy peppers to give it a kick. You can sit at the bar or inside the restaurant with great ocean views.

The food of kings

by j2po about Senorio de Sulco

There's a Restaurant of Peruvian Food that I really love: the "Senorio de Sulco"
It's a little expensive if you are backpaking, but if you are willing to spend a little money spoiling your senses, then this is the place to go; the service is outstanding, and the view incredible. And this adjectives are just too small for the food. You must try the Arroz con Pato (Rice with Duck) my absolute favorite! Then you can go to Barranco and try some Anticuchos... you will find them everywhere under the Bridge.

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