For a town is that off most foreign backpackersâ€™ trail, Moquegua has plenty of tourism offices with staff eager to let travelers know all there is to see and do in the area. Most only speak Spanish.
Dircetur (DirecciÃ³n Regional de Turismo): Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2-4 p.m. Ayacucho 1060. Tel: 462-236, URL: www.dirceturmoquegua.gob.pe.
Oficina de PromociÃ³n y Desarrolo TurÃstico (municipal tourism office): Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Moquegua 851. URL: www.infoturmoquegua.com.
OGD (Organizaciones de GestiÃ³n de Destinos TurÃsticos): Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-4 p.m. Ca Tacna 219. Tel: 953-984-708, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, URL: www.rutasmagicas.org/www.turismomoquegua.com.
The Police station is two blocks from the main plaza. Ayacucho 808, Tel: 464-141.
Moquegua has a handful of banks that have ATMs, and that exchange US dollars (low rates). Banking hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Banco de la NaciÃ³n: Has a Western Union agent. Ca. Lima and Ca. Tacna.
BCP: Ca. Moquegua and Ca. TarapacÃ¡.
Interbank: Has a MoneyGram agent; also exchanges Euros. Ca. Moquegua and Ca. TarapacÃ¡, diagnoally across from BCP.
Changing money on the street (especially on Avenida Balta in the market area) is not recommended for safety reasons and counterfeit notes.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
Internet and Phones: Internet cafÃ©s are located along Calle Ayacucho, west of the Plaza de Armas, and down Calle Piura. Some also have national and international phone service. To make a cell phone call, hit up the people dressed in florescent green vests that hang out around the Plaza de Armas.
Serpost Post Office: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon, 2:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It is located in the historic Casona de las 10 Ventanas. Ayacucho 570, Plaza de Armas.
There are two public medical facilities in town:
Hospital Mariscal Nieto: Av. BolÃvar. Tel: 462-410 462-196).
Centro de Salud San Francisco: Ca. Daniel Becerra Ocampo. Tel: 461-918.
Several pharmacies are located near the Plaza de Armas, on Calle Moquegua.
LavanderÃa Damaris: If you want to get your clothes cleaned while resting in Moquegua, come here. Ca. Lima 498. Tel: 699-4052/962-815-758).
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