We are often asked, what is an appropriate tip for your guide? In most cases, you can follow the same standard you would in many other tipping situations. Reward your guide with about 20 percent of the trip’s cost if you had good service; more if you’re really happy or feel that he/she went well above and beyond your expectations or went above and beyond to meet special situations. If you’re not thrilled with the service, drop it down to about 10 percent.
The thought of not leaving a tip can seem like a way to make a statement or teach a lesson, but in reality, it likely won’t. Most times your guide just assumes that you didn’t know any better or were just a cheap client. If you really want to send a message about poor service, you’re better off tipping 10 percent and then speaking privately with the head guide or owner about your dissatisfaction.
In fact, we really like to hear from all of our guests. After all, telling us that we did a great job, helps us to repeat those same services for future guests. Likewise, we really need to know when we don’t meet your expectations so we can make sure we improve for the next client.