Peru has two official languages: Spanish and Quechua. English is spoken at four and five star hotels and main tourist shops.
The electric voltage in Peru is 220 volts, 60 cycles. In most hotel bathrooms there is an electrical outlet with 110 volts for electric shavers but not to be used for irons or hairdryers.
Peru’s official currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/.), divided in 100 cents. There are 5,10,20 and 50 cents coins and S/. 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 banknotes.
To know the current rate of exchange, visit www.xe.com/ucc/full.shtml
US dollars are welcome at most shops, restaurant and service stations at the current exchange rate.
Most establishments accept the main credit cards, including Visa, Master Card, Diners and American Express. The use of traveler’s checks may be restricted. Ask the individual establishment if they are accepted. When using a credit card, make sure you are charged the right amount for your purchase. Visa is the most widely accepted card in Peru.
The general information telephone numbers for these cards in Peru are: American Express 690-0900; MasterCard 442-0206; Diners Club 221-2050 and Visa242-5253
A general sales tax (IGV) is added automatically to most consumer bills (19%). Restaurants and hotels add a 10% service fee. Tour packages contracted outside the country are tax exempt.