Although not mandatory, tipping is highly appreciated in all cases. Our general advice to travelers is to tip what you feel is appropriate and based on performance – using the guidelines below – and do not worry about offending anyone. You may have the same guide for several days - this will depend on your specific itinerary. It is a good idea to keep small denomination bills (either U.S. dollars or local currency) handy for tips. Gratuities are gladly accepted in U.S. dollars or local currency.
$5 per passenger, per day.
Airport transfers or short transfers: $5-$10, total.
Transfers (2-4 hours): $10-20, total.
Transfers (over 4 hours): $10-$30, total.
$5-$10 per passenger/per day.
Small group (2-6 passengers) – $30-$60 total per day.
Larger groups (over 6 passengers) – $50-$100 total per day.
Local guide – $5-$7, per passenger, per day.
Small group (2-6 passengers) – $20-$40 total per day.
Larger groups (over 6 passengers) – $40-$80 total per day.
Naturalist/Specialized* guide – $10-$15, per passenger, per day.
*Specialist guides might earn a larger tip than the average tour guide (for a special service performed, or if it generally feels appropriate).
$5-$10, per passenger, per night.
$10-$15, per person, per night.
Hotels: Luggage handlers – $1-$2 or $0.50 - $1 per bag; housekeeping staff – $1 per room per day; 10% for room service if the service charge has not already been added.
At restaurants throughout Latin America, 10 – 15% of your bill is customary and may be added automatically.
Be sure to let your bank know your travel itinerary so they don't put a freeze on your account when foreign transactions are made!