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Most travelers bring US cash with them and withdraw from ATMs as they need it along they way. ATMs are readily available in the larger towns and cities. Pisac has several ATM machines where travelers can withdraw US dollars or local currency at fair exchange rates. Make sure you have your PIN number, as dealing with these issues in Cusco is time consuming. Sometimes the signal in Pisac goes down and the ATM’s don’t work. Traveler’s checks are fine, but they can be more difficult to exchange and you will usually receive a poorer rate or be charged an additional fee. Credit cards are accepted in most restaurants, hotels and stores, and sometimes in smaller establishments they may charge an additional percentage (3 – 6%). Although it is helpful to bring a credit card along for emergencies, don’t count on using it for most purchases. You may want to inform your bank and credit card company that you will be travelling to Peru.
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