Tipping Ecuador

Restaurant and hotel employees are not well paid. You may not have a ready solution for the country’s poverty, but the least you can do is to tip those working for you. The guideline is (provided you are satisfied with the service) about 50 cents tip, per room per day for hotel employees. The same amount goes for the bus drivers, hired by Shoestring, per person per day. A tip box is useful in this case, which the passengers will take turns in administering, in consultation with the travel guide. Moreover, while the group is on the road, snacks can be purchased from this money. In small restaurants, a tip of 10 % of the total amount is customary. You do not need to tip taxi drivers. In general, the fare tourists are charged, exceeds by far the amount paid by locals. In addition, the travel guide expects a tip at the end of the trip; provided she/he has done her/his job well. Our guideline is € 1 per passenger per day.