It is a common question that a lot of people face when visiting a new country. When asking for the check at a restaurant or stepping out of a taxi: How much should you tip?
In some countries, such as the United States, giving large tips for services is a common practice. It is completely normal to tip 15-20% in restaurants and slip your bellhop an extra $5 at a hotel in the States. Meanwhile, in other countries such as Australia, giving large tips is not as common. For that reason, when you arrive in Peru, you might be at a loss regarding how much to tip your waiter, taxi driver or tour guides.
In Peru, the first thing you need to remember is that, like most countries, tipping is not mandatory, even though it is greatly appreciated. However, if you are pleased with your service and would like to give a little extra, we have outlined Peruvian tipping culture below as a guide to help you during your time in this incredible country.
• Waiters/Wait Staff at Restaurants – 5 – 10% of the total bill
At nice restaurants, leaving between 5 – 10% of the bill is appreciated. However, the amount you tip may be dependent on the quality of service you receive. In addition, in small hole-in-the-wall type restaurants, leaving a few extra soles on the table is considered a perfectly acceptable tip.
• Taxi Drivers – No tip
Taxis in Peru do not have meters, so it is important that you agree upon the fare before getting in the car. Since there are no set fares, it is a common practice to haggle the price and, in the end, taxi drivers to not expect to receive tips.
• Tour Guides – US$7.00 – $10.00 per day/traveler
If you participated in a group tour and would like to leave a tip, approximately US$7.00 – $10.00 is appropriate if the tour was only a half day. If the tour was a full day, consider tipping a bit more.
• Tour Drivers – US$3.00 – $5.00 per day/passenger
While your tour driver may not interact with you directly during your tour, remember that it takes a lot of patience and skill to navigate tricky Peruvian traffic. If your driver did a good job, a small tip will be greatly appreciated.
• Hotel Staff – US$2.00 – $3.00 per day/room
When staying at the same hotel for multiple days in a row, a small daily tip for maid service, bellhops and porters is always welcome.
• Treks – US$45.00 for porters and $60.00 for cooks per trek/group
This is a general recommendation for a standard 4-day trek. If your porters took good care of your belongings, consider tipping them US$45.00 each. If your cook kept your stomach full of delicious food, consider tipping him US$60.00.
• Cruises – US$20.00 – $30.00 per day/passenger
For overnight cruises, it is recommended that you leave between US$20.00 – $30.00 per passenger. This amount will be divided and shared among the crew members.
In regions of Peru that receive more tourists, oftentimes tips are expected. However, it is important that you never feel obliged to leave a tip, but rather use your own judgment to decide when a tip is appropriate. Lastly, while we have provided the suggested tipping amounts in US dollars, it is very polite to try to tip in soles (the local currency), as it will be more convenient for the receiver and save them the hassle of having to change money.