South America Currency Guide


South America spans a number of currencies :

Argentina Argentine Peso
Bolivia Bolivian Boliviano
Brazil Brazilian Real
Chile Chilean Peso
Colombia Colombian Peso
Ecuador US Dollar
Guyana Guyanese Dollar
Paraguay Paraguayan Guarani
Peru Peruvian Nuevo Sol
Suriname Surinamese Dollar
Uruguay Uruguay Peso
Venezuela Venezuelan Bolivar Fuerte


ATMs can be found all throughout the cities of South America, particularly in the major tourist destinations. If you plan on withdrawing money or using your credit card while travelling, don't forget to notify your bank before you go for security purposes and to check what international withdrawal fees may apply to your card.


Before you leave home it is important to convert some of your Australian Dollars into the local currency of the city you will be arriving in. In some airports, US Dollars may also be accepted and more readily exchanged into the local currency than Australian Dollars.

Credit Card

For large purchases, it’s a good idea to bring a credit card with you on your holiday to South America instead of carrying a lot of cash. If you don’t have a credit card, consider a debit credit card that allows you to access your savings account and the local currency from ATMs and wherever Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. Credit cards are not readily accepted in remote areas or villages in South America.