We do recommend you bring some US dollars or Euros (or Peruvian soles if available in your country – around 50-70$) with you before landing in Peru. You can easily exchange US dollars or Euros for soles both at Lima airport if you have time before your connecting flight, or in Moyobamba at some of the many money exchange business in town. Lima airport has both ATM machines that accept international cards, and money exchange shops.
In Moyobamba, there is a Scotia bank, BCP bank, and BBVA bank with ATMs that accept most foreign debit and credit cards, from which it’s possible to withdraw both soles and US$. It is generally simple to withdraw money in Peru with foreign bank cards, but the simplest is for you to land in Peru with US$ or Euro to then exchange them here.
You do not absolutely need to have soles with you during your trip and stay with us, but it’s always recommended to carry some of the local currency when traveling. You will need soles for your return taxi fair (a full taxi from Kantu Garden Lodge to Tarapoto airport costs 140 soles / taxi, and although generally students travel back together in groups of 2 or 3, it is possible that you might need a taxi just for yourself depending on your flight return time) – you can also pay for this taxi with a credit card at Kantu Garden Lodge, but the hotel adds a 5% charge for using credit cards. Other expanses you might want to make are souvenirs such as cacao, coffee, etc., or a scoop of local ice cream during one of our excursions.