The Peso: very simple to navigate as there are just over 1,000 Chilean Pesos to 1 pound. Knock 3 decimal places off any Peso price for a rough sterling equivalent.
Notes come in denominations of 500,1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000; coins in 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100.
US dollars cash is most useful and widely exchangeable but is not acceptable to most shopkeepers or restaurants.
Always have pesos available.
Travellers’ cheques are difficult to change and frankly to be avoided.
Visa and MasterCard are very widely accepted in restaurants, hotels, etc.
ATMs are found across the country in towns and cities for withdrawals of up to US$250.
There are no ATMs in San Pedro as electricity is cut off at night, though an ATM van does show up sometimes.