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A small tip will help many humble families !!

Tipping is not a city in China. ~ sign on a tip can on counter

We tip by North American standards – $2-2.50 per night for cleaners in hotels and $1 per large bag carried by bellhops. Taxi drivers get no tip as they include it in the rate. Remember to negotiate first if a taxi has no meter, or maria. (Most of them have) Also, seatbelt use in cars and taxis is required by law but is uncommon except for us gringos. Use them – you won’t regret it.

Guides, many of them college-educated naturalists, should be tipped as generously as you feel they’re worth – they live almost exclusively on tips. Many restaurants automatically add a 10% tip, propina, to the bill. If we had good service, we tip another 10%.


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