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Tipping drivers and guides

Georgia
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Tipping drivers and guides

We have a drive taking us from GUA to Antigua, the cost was 50.00 US. What would be an appropriate tip in quetzals? Want to make sure we give a fair amount. What about a guide for 1/2 city tour, again cost was 50.00 US.

Thanks again

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Gray Line Guatemala
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1. Re: Tipping drivers and guides

Tipping is not necessary or expected in Guatemala. If you have a private shuttle from the airport and you have excellent service, you can give a small tip. $5 would be fine. More, if it's on Dec 24 or 25 or January 1 or 2, since those drivers are away from their families during the holidays. If you have a shared shuttle, I don't think there is any need to tip at all.

Similarly, if you have a privately-contracted guide, a tip is a little more common than if you are sharing a guide with a bunch of people. Again, since a tip is not expected, you can use your judgement on how much to tip. If you have a fantastic guide, you could tip $10-$20 and it will be much appreciated.

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2. Re: Tipping drivers and guides

Drivers do not expect to be tipped unless they end up going way out of their way for you or end up turning into informal guides. I take a different view with actual tour guides. The official 2013 non-agricultural minimum wage is pegged at just under $9/day, so our generosity for a job well done can go a really long way. :D Have an amazing trip.

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