Tipping in Ecuador is a lot different than most other countries. Ecuador does not have a tipping or gratuity culture, so most Ecuadorians don’t leave a tip at restaurants, salons or with private drivers.
However, those who do tip generally leave $1 per person at restaurants, or 10% of the bill, whichever is larger. It’s also appreciated if you give a 10% tip, or “propina” in Spanish, to other types of service providers like hair stylists, massage therapists, private drivers, etc., although it’s not expected.
It’s important that you DO NOT overtip because it can cause inflation and drive up prices for everyone, including locals who may not be able to afford higher prices.
If expats continually overtip, or overpay in general, some service providers may price locals out of their business or they may decide to only work with expats. That can cause resentment among the locals and prevent them from getting the services they need at a price they can afford.
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