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1. Posted by thomps05 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

how widely accepted in the US dollar? i will be in brazil, argentina, ecuador, bolivia, peru and chile on my trip. I am from ireland, heard it is accepted in some places and was considering bringin some us dollars for emergencies

cheers
stu

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I would definitely bring some dollars. Make sure ALL the bills are in GOOD condition. I was on a train in Peru and the lady wouldn't take a $5 bill because it had a rip (less than a millimeter). I'd also bring some small bills (good to use when leaving a country and you don't want to exchange more money when you only need to buy 1 more thing.

3. Posted by sinfronter (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Hi thomps,

In Ecuador the US dollar is nowadays the official currency. In Bolivia and Peru they are accepted everywhere for things that cost more than, say, 5$US, in Brazil and Argentina they┬┤re not widely accepted but the exchange rate to the local currency is stable. I cannot give you advice about Chile though.

Bottom line is: Bring GOOD banknotes. In EVERY country you will have difficulties in exchanging notes with even minor flaws.

Have fun

Marco

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