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Tipping in Peru

by swdke Online Now Apr 19, 2012 at 6:24 AM

We will be on an 11 day visit in Peru, traveling through Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Macu Picchu, Maras, and Chinchero.

At some destinations we'll be taking group tours, a few private tours.

What is recommended for tipping?

Tip drivers and guides? How much for each?

How much if group guided tour vs. private guided tour

Pay in Peru currency or USD?

Thanks for any help and recommendations.

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    Re: Tipping in Peru

    by hawkhead Online Now Apr 19, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    This is going to be tricky. Americans feel very uncomfortable is they do not tip but tipping in Peru is not expected. However, you may well receive other answers to the contrary re tipping drivers and guides but let me assure you, it is not expected but if someone has done something for you that is way above the call of duty, then a small tip might be appropriate. Tipping in restaurants is not done, except in ones that cater to tourists and/or are slightly higher scale than the normal, everyday type of place. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip and indeed, no-one does, except probably tourists who will be overpaying for the trip in any case!! Do not tip after your boat ride to the Ballesteros Islands. If you have to tip, then use Peruvian currency.

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    Re: Tipping in Peru

    by adelinemmc Online Now Apr 19, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Hi

    Guides will probably expect a tip. If you have a group tour, ask the company organising it how much is reasonable.
    Taxi drivers in Lima will try it on with prices, whether it's by way of a tip or outrageous fare, that's true.
    Anywhere else you do not need to tip. I have to admit leaving a rather large tip in a tiny restaurant in the middle of nowhere when we got served some excellent grilled fish by an old woman who charged us so little (we were a v small group with a local guide), which must have been the equivalent of1.50 for the whole meal.
    She was nice, she was old, she was working hard and she was dirt poor. I still think about her 6 years later.

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    Re: Tipping in Peru

    by hawkhead Online Now Apr 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    We usually ate a menu del dia when out and about in Lima and the cost was usually 4-6 soles - and that is £1-£1.50. And that was just this past winter. It's the normal price - an expensive menu del dia would be 15-16 soles but that would include a drink or a pud. Rule of thumb with taxi drivers is offer half what they say and settle in between, more or less. After you have been there a while, you'll get the feel of what a trip should cost. Will be less out of Lima.

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