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"... would it (tipping) be considered another example of "rich gringos" displaying their wealth? "
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A tip in South America, like in any other country, is given to reward good service. Usual practices may vary from country to country, even within regions in a country, but the normal guidelines apply.

However, even when a gratuity is added to your bill by the management, remember that a little extra directly to the person performing a service for you won't break your budget, but may make a large difference to someone else. Pay the person directly. Don't leave money on a restaurant table.

Where I quote a percentage, that is a percentage of the local currency. Where I suggest a sum, it is in US dollars. Of course, you will tip more or less depending on your situation. Note: the question of tipping has raised some interesting points. Make sure you read the posts in the forum (link at right) and add your opinion!

A tip is a propina in Spanish, gorjeta in Portuguese.

Country Tipping Suggestions
Argentina 10% in restaurants. $.50 - .75 per bag to porters
Bolivia 10% in restaurants and taxis. $.50 - .75 per bag to porters
Brazil 10% in restaurants; 10-15% in hair salons. $.50 - .75 per bag to porters, none to taxi drivers, except in Rio, where 10% is normal, but if you choose an unmetered taxi, settle on the fare first
Chile 10% in restaurants, less in bars and cafes. $.50 - .75 per bag to porters, none to taxi drivers
Colombia 10% in restaurants, hairdressers, barbers. $.50 - .75 per bag to porters, none to taxi drivers
Ecuador Tax and gratuity are added to your restaurant bill, but add 10% for good service. $.50 - .75 per bag to porters, none to taxi drivers. $2-3 per person on a guided tour
Paraguay 10% in restaurants and taxis. $.50 - .75 per bag to porters
Peru Gratuity is added to your restaurant bill, add up to 10% for good service. $.50 - .75 per bag to porters, none to taxi drivers. 10-15% in upscale hair salons
Venezuela 10% in restaurants and taxis with a meter. In unmetered taxis, agree on the fare in advance. $.50 - .75 per bag to porters


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