There is an 18% restaurant tax added to the end of checks, however, this only applies to top end restaurants and hotels. Some will include it in the menu price and will say so. Cheaper restaurants don’t add tax.Regardless, this is not a tip.
Tipping is not expected in most of the country, although it is a kind gesture nevertheless. Most will leave a 10% tip, no matter the restaurant and only if the service is good. If it is a higher end restaurant, a 15% tip is appreciated.
As for tour guides, expect to tip about $5-$10 or more per person per day, depending on the type of tour and the quality of your guide. Taxi drivers are rarely tipped unless they do something extraordinary or helpful.
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