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Tiping the tour guide

Postby Isabelle73 » Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:03 pm

Hello,

I have a stupid question : I'm leaving on Saturday for a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. In the documentation, it says that we are expected to tip the crew and naturalist guide on the boat, as well as the local guides and drivers during the mainland trip. I was wondering : should we also tip our GAP tour guide? And if so, how much is expected?

Thanks in advance for your help!!

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Re: Tiping the tour guide

Postby sinecure » Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:23 pm

How much is a personal question, I've found that the travelers generally will agree on an amount based on how much the guide did and if they did anything extra ordinary.
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Re: Tiping the tour guide

Postby ballu » Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:45 am

I looked at the trip notes of a non-Galapagos Ecuador trip and this is what is suggested...

Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G.A.P Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.
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Re: Tiping the tour guide

Postby Isabelle73 » Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:37 pm

Thanks ballu!

I haven't seen a note like that in my trip details but maybe I have read too quickly :-) This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for!
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Re: Tiping the tour guide

Postby cornel » Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:10 pm

Hi all

Can we tip tour guides in USD, or is local currency preferred?

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Re: Tiping the tour guide

Postby graybeard » Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:52 pm

I would suggest USD for the gratuities in most situations, especially the GAP employees/guides. Sometimes after one trip is done, their next assignment might be in another nearby country, so the USD gives more flexibility. The small tips given to a bus/van driver, etc. use local currency. Generally, your GAP guide provides info. on this as you go.

And beware the Tip Weasel. You know, the ones that can afford to travel internationally, but begrudge giving someone the gratuity they use to support their families.
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Re: Tiping the tour guide

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:29 am

Unless they've changed things, your naturalist IS your tour guide in the Galapagos. Ecuador baselined their currency on the USD so you can spend USD freely -- including on tips. There are a number of people who will say "we don't tip back home" -- that's fine but they're not home. If you have one of those on your trip, suggest you don't do group tips but just give your own.

Up to you if you want to tip the driver and local point of contact in Quito but I would highly suggest tipping the boat crew. In my experience, they work hard and do a fantastic job but YMMV.
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Re: Tiping the tour guide

Postby JaliscoJudy » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:37 pm

ExplorerWannaBe wrote:Unless they've changed things, your naturalist IS your tour guide in the Galapagos. Ecuador baselined their currency on the USD so you can spend USD freely -- including on tips. There are a number of people who will say "we don't tip back home" -- that's fine but they're not home. If you have one of those on your trip, suggest you don't do group tips but just give your own.

Up to you if you want to tip the driver and local point of contact in Quito but I would highly suggest tipping the boat crew. In my experience, they work hard and do a fantastic job but YMMV.


Just got back from Galapagos, and EWB is right, our naturalist was our tour guide. Also right about the job that the crew did. They were indeed fantastic and cheerful and funny and helpful - good dancers too! The tipping guidelines that GAP offers were, I thought, appropriate for both the guide and the crew.
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Re: Tiping the tour guide

Postby graybeard » Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:11 pm

JJudy -

OK. I'll ask.... How was your adventure vacation in the Galapagos!! It's on my list, if I can scape ever together enough. And, hopefully, before it's turned into a YOLO trip.
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Re: Tiping the tour guide

Postby JaliscoJudy » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:05 am

graybeard wrote:JJudy -

OK. I'll ask.... How was your adventure vacation in the Galapagos!! It's on my list, if I can scape ever together enough. And, hopefully, before it's turned into a YOLO trip.


It's as amazing as everyone says. Even if you've seen a thousand photos, you can't really comprehend in advance what it's like to be with wild animals that aren't afraid of you.

We could only afford the 7-day trip (4 days on the boat) but, for me, it was enough -- I will go back to do Isabella Island another time (would make a great add on to one of the shorter voyages). I saw most of the animals that I wanted to see (didn't visit the island with flightless cormorant and didn't see tortoises in the wild). Highlights for me were the waved albatross, baby nazca boobies, and iguanas, iguanas, iguanas. And sea lions. And Sally Lightfoot crabs. Ok, well everything. Snorkeling with sea lions, sharks, turtles and thousands of fishes was right up there too. Also getting up one morning to find that three sea lions had hitched a ride on the boat. Oh, I almost forgot the penguins. They were enchanting. It's really interesting to see how calm the animals can be in a land without large carnivores. If it wasn't for the sharks in the water aspect, I think I'd like to be a female sea lion in Galapagos. Lots of memories and some photos, which I will post after I get home from Mexico where I am now. (I'll post my Mexico crocodile photos too.)
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Re: Tiping the tour guide

Postby graybeard » Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:29 pm

JJudy,

Thanks for the info. I'll watch for the photos. Perhaps in a new thread so they are easily found?
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Re: Tiping the tour guide

Postby npodendorf » Thu May 27, 2010 3:38 pm

graybeard wrote:And beware the Tip Weasel. You know, the ones that can afford to travel internationally, but begrudge giving someone the gratuity they use to support their families.


We had two of these on our Inca Empire - Lares Trek in 2007. We wanted to tip the trek guide and porters a certain amount and these two travelers (they were together) gave less than half what everyone else was giving. A couple of us felt bad that the local crew wouldn't get enough that we chipped in extra.
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