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International Currencies
19 Dec 2013

These are the currencies that we’ve interacted with while travelling and misc notes regarding exchanges and USD equivalencies.

Panama: American Dollar/Balboa

Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:04

The primary currency in Panama is effectively the dollar, though their national currency is technically the balboa. Everywhere takes American cash and gives it back.

Costa Rica: Colon

Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:55

The primary currency in Costa Rica is the colon, though many places accept American.

Conversions

  • Divide by 1000 and multiply by two.
  • 500 colones is $1 USD.

Exchange Rates

  • The best exchange rate we ever got was 504 colones at the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
  • In general a good conversion is 500 colones.
  • The worst we ever had was 490 from the more stingy establishments.
  • The banks will give 492-494.

Colombia: Peso

Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:57

The primary currency in Colombia is the peso. Many places don’t take American and find it odd if you try.

Conversions

  • Divide by 1000 and divide by two.
  • 2000 colones is $1 USD.

Exchange Rates

  • The best exchange rate we ever got was 1940 pesos at a currency exchange in Cartagena.

Ecuador: American Dollar

Saturday, January 04, 2014 19:37

Ecuador doesn’t have its own currency, instead opting to use USD.

Peru: Sole

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 13:57

The primary currency in Peru is the sole.

Conversions

  • Divide by 7 and multiply by 2.50.
  • 7 soles is roughly $2.50 USD.
  • 7 - $2.50
  • 14 - $5
  • 21 - $7.50
  • 28 - $10
  • etc…

Bolivia: Boliviano

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 22:00

The primary currency in Bolivia is the boliviano (BOB).

Conversions

  • Divide by 7.
  • 7 BOBs is roughly $1.00 USD.

Chile: peso

Sunday, March 02, 2014 18:24

The primary currency in Chile is the peso (CLP).

Conversions

  • Every unit of 1100 is 2USD

French Polynesia: frank

Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:46

The primary currency in French Polynesia is the frank (XPF or CPCF).

Conversions

  • Every unit of 1000 is 12USD
  • Trick: take nnn,000 multiply n by 10 an then add n multiplied by two.
  • 7000 is $70+$14=$84