Tipping Etiquette in Ecuador: A Handy Guide

When it comes to exploring Ecuador’s breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture, knowing the ins and outs of tipping can enhance your travel experience.

As a travel agency specializing in tailor-made itineraries, we understand the importance of providing guidance to ensure a seamless journey for our terravelers.

Let us show you some practical tips for tipping in Ecuador!

Tipping in Ecuador

Restaurants and Cafés

Service Charge: In Ecuador, a service charge is often included in the bill, especially in touristy areas or high-end establishments.
This is typically 10%.

Additional Tip: If the service charge isn’t included or you received exceptional service, consider leaving an extra 5% to 10%.

Small Eateries: In local, casual eateries, tipping is less expected, but leaving some change or rounding up the bill is appreciated.

Tour Guides and Drivers

Guides: For guided tours, it’s customary to tip your guide.
Depending on the length and complexity of the tour, consider $5 to $10 per person.

Drivers: If you’ve had a driver accompanying your group, a tip of $3 to $5 per person is a thoughtful gesture.

Hotels and Accommodations

Porters: If a porter assists with your luggage, offering $1 to $2 per bag is customary.

Housekeeping: Leaving a daily tip of $1 to $3 for housekeeping staff is appreciated.


Taxis: While not obligatory, rounding up the fare is common practice.

Public Transportation: Tipping isn’t expected on buses or the metro, but small changes can be made for helpful service.

Tipping Etiquette for the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, with their unique wildlife and stunning landscapes, offer a one-of-a-kind travel experience.

Understanding the tipping norms for this extraordinary destination can enhance your trip.
As a travel agency specializing in tailor-made itineraries, we want to ensure your journey is as smooth as possible. Here’s how to navigate tipping in the Galapagos.

Note: Tipping in the Galapagos Islands is higher due to the higher cost of living.

Naturalist Guides

Guides on Tours: These passionate experts play a crucial role in your Galapagos experience.

It’s customary to tip your naturalist guide separately. An appropriate range is $10 to $20 per day per person, depending on the quality of their guidance.

Crew Members on Cruises

Captain and Crew: If you’re on a cruise, leaving a tip for the crew is customary. This is usually given as a lump sum and distributed among the crew members.

Some cruises provide envelopes for tips to be distributed among the crew. This can streamline the process and ensure everyone receives their fair share.

A typical range is $10 to $20 per day per person.

Dive Guides

Scuba Diving: If you’re exploring the underwater wonders of the Galapagos, consider tipping your dive guide separately. Around $10 to $20 per day per person is appreciated.

Remember, these are general guidelines, and personal preferences may vary. Feel free to adjust based on your experiences and level of satisfaction with the service provided.

By adhering to these tipping norms, you show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the local guides and crew members and contribute to the sustainability of the tourism industry in the Galapagos Islands.

Enjoy your unforgettable journey through this remarkable archipelago!

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