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Tipping in Peru?

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Tipping in Peru?

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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1. Re: Tipping in Peru?

The Peruvian currency is Nuevo Sol (S/.) and tips should be given in this currency or dollars (not coins though)

At restaurants add 10 % to the bill.

Taxi drivers do not expect a tip

Tour Guides, I would recommend a S/. 10 to 20 tip or $5

Bag carriers $ 1 per bag

Tour Drivers about $1

We are not big tippers in Peru, but it is expected from foreigners

Edited: 19 April 2012, 16:17
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2. Re: Tipping in Peru?

xochitl,

Thanks for your reply. Regarding the valued amounts you stated, are those Soles or US Dollars?

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3. Re: Tipping in Peru?

The sol sign is S/. , dollars are $

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4. Re: Tipping in Peru?

From the website of Go2Peru (2011) , hope they do not mind....

Peru Tipping: Tours and Transport

Taxi Drivers – You never need to tip taxi drivers in Peru. The drivers don’t expect it, and they are probably overcharging you anyway. If a taxi driver is extremely friendly and points out various landmarks along the way then there’s no harm saying thanks with a small tip.

Tour Guides and Porters – The consensus seems to be $5 to $10 (15 to 30 soles approx) per day for tour guides and between $3 to $5 (9 to 15 soles) per day for porters, drivers, cooks and the like. Again, the quality of service determines the exact amount. If you are on a luxury tour then the tip amount will generally be at the upper end of the scale (and vice versa). It’s sometimes a good idea to tip collectively as a tour group. Pooling your money will give you a better idea of the overall amount that each guide, porter etc will receive – and will help you avoid excessive tipping.

Private Hire Drivers – As a rough guideline, consider tipping a private driver $5 to $10 per day. A lot depends on the type of trip, the amount of driving required and how much extra help you receive. You might end up buying your driver lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the day, but it’s still nice to tip for good service at the end of the trip.

Hope this helps

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5. Re: Tipping in Peru?

With regards to tipping, say to a driver and tour guide, you state a suggested "S/. 10 to 20 tip or $5". There are two of us traveling together, would that be S/. 10 to 20 tip or $5 total, or per person from each of us? Thanks.

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6. Re: Tipping in Peru?

For both of you since you are travelling as a couple.

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7. Re: Tipping in Peru?

Generally better to tip in Peruvian Nuevo Soles, though.

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8. Re: Tipping in Peru?

10% on restaurant bills is what we were told by locals for tipping. However, not all restaurants include the 10% automatically, so read the menu to see if it's included in the prices and check your bill to see if it was included in the total.

Also, if you're paying by credit card, it's really nice to tip in cash. That way, you can be (more) certain that the waiter actually gets the tip!

Edited: 09 May 2012, 06:01
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9. Re: Tipping in Peru?

Yes, that is nice, pay with your cc and leave cash as a tip, I do that : )

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