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Prices in Peru Part Three

Below is a list of our daily expenses in Peru to give those planning on visiting the country an idea of the cost of things, and to give those following our journey an idea of what we have got up to. We have a daily budget of $60 between the two of us. Taking into account exchange rates (we have been using travellers`cheques) we can spend 177 Nuevos Soles a day on our budget. At the end of the list I include running totals for our trip so far.

29-07-09, Lima

Medicine = 13.40

Fags = 12

Flying Dog Hostel (30 per person) = 60

Huaca Pullcana entrance fee (we paid for us and our friends) = 30
Huaca Pullcana is a pyramid of sorts in the centre of the city which the Lima people built. I doubt if they referred to themselves as the Limas.

Huaca-Pullcana

Inca Kola = 1.80

Lunch for 5 people = 93
I ate guinea pig. It wasn`t bad. It tasted a bit like chicken.

guinea-pig

Beer = 16

Mutton soup = 8

Total = 234.2 (57.2 over budget)

30-07-09, Lima

Taxi to friend`s house where we stayed for free = 6

We changed $500 traveller`s cheques into $495 cash and then went to a cambio and changed $400 into Soles, which made an exchange rate of 2.94 Soles to $1. This maintained the allowance of 177 Soles a day. Interbank was particularly useless at dealing with travellers cheques. It took over an hour to complete the transaction.

Lunch for 3 = 18

Taxi = 6

Taxi = 10

Memory stick = 30

Supermarket = 39

Dinner = 24

Shop = 12.50

Total = 145.5 (31.5 under budget)

31-07-09

Lima

Taxi = 5

Taxi = 6

Photocopy = 0.30

Supermarket = 29

Brazilian Visa for a Japanese national = $50 (147 Soles)
UK passport holders don`t need a visa for Brazil.

Taxi = 6

Supermarket = 18

Halls throat lozenges = 1.80

Taxi = 6

Beer = 9

Dinner = 10

Beer tab at karaoke club = 35

Taxi = 3

Total = 292.3 (115.3 over budget)

Lima

 

01-08-09, Lima

Taxi to old town in Lima= 10

Museum entrance fee for a church with catacombs full of human bones = 11

Lunch = 29

Beer and fags = 17

Snack = 9

Total = 76 (101 under budget)

02-08-09, Lima

Bus tickets to Truillo (35 per person) = 70

Ganja = 100
My Peruvian friend helped me score and we got about 1oz of the best smoke so far this holiday from some kids around the corner from the apartment.

Tips to the gear procurers = 20

Fags & water = 13

3 pairs of socks = 5

Total = 278 (101 over budget)

03-08-09

On night bus to Truillo
It was a super luxury bus with nearly fully reclining seats and 2 mini meals served.

Eggs = 2.30

Supermarket = 46

Dinner for 6 = 86

Taxi to bus station = 5

Total = 139.3 (37.7 under budget)

04-08-09, Huanchaco

Taxi from Truillo to Huanchaco = 20

Plazza`s Hotell (20 per person) = 40
This was a great discovery. The taxi driver recommended it. We had our own room with shower and cable TV near the beach. Upstairs there was a kitchen we could use. Thus started 6 days of heavy smoking and watching countless episodes of House and Two and a Half Men.

Breakfast = 7

Water = 3

Dinner = 42

Beer = 15

Cake = 4

Total = 131 (46 under budget)

05-08-09, Huanchaco

Plazza`s Hotel = 40

Water = 3

Lunch = 18

Fags, beers and dinner = 40

Total = 101 (76 under budget)

06-08-09, Huanchaco

Huanchaco

Plazza`s Hotel = 40

Eggs, bread, water and butter 6.70

Lunch = 8

Bread = 1.50

Vegetables and chicken = 7.20

Changed $100 cash @ 2.85 Soles to $1

Beer = 10

Total = 73.4 (103.6 under budget)

We really enjoyed this part of our trip in Peru: seeing our friend in Lima and getting a local`s perspective of the city was great; and then getting to the coast for the first time in the trip was a relief. The weather was warmer and no more high altitude to deal with. Plus we managed an awesome score which is always good for the morale.

Totals

Total Spent = 3,992.8 Argentine Pesos ($1,079) and Bolivia $1,016 and 1,566.7 Soles ($530) and 1,610.85 ($544) And 1,470.7 ($500)

Total = $3,669

Total Budget = $4,200

Difference = $531 to the good

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