tipping in Chile

There are several things you should consider when tipping in Chile. The etiquette here is different than many other countries. Wages tend to be rather low, and many service workers depend on gratuities. As always, don't just give tips because you feel you have to though. If they are expecting tips, then you should expect top service.

Before you travel to Chile read the tipping guide below to find out how much you should tip, when you should tip and what is considered good tipping etiquette.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Chile

In Chile Tip 500-10,00 pesos at hotels

Hotel workers in Chile will readily accept your tips. It's considered good tipping etiquette to leave a gratuity for anyone that helps you out.

Maids should get around 1000 pesos per night (per person); 500-1000 pesos per bag to the porters, and 5,000-10,000 pesos for the concierge.

It's especially important to tip the concierge if you require his services since the quality of service will likely depend on it.

However, if you're staying at a luxury hotel like Le Reve or The Aubrey, you will want to increase these amounts, or even double them. For more budget friendly establishments like Orly, these amounts will be good.

tipping in restaurants in Chile

At a restaurant Tip 10% in Chile

In Chile, tipping etiquette dictates you give leave a gratuity of at least 10% of your restaurant bill. Some establishments will include 10%, in which case you should still give at least 5% directly to your server. They make very low wages and can really use the extra money.

Also if you buy some food at the grocery store, you should tip the people who bag your items 300-500 pesos. These are typically young boys who do not get paid at all. A good tip will usually unsure your groceries are carried to your car for you.

tip etiquette at spas in Chile

At a Spa Tip 10% in Chile

It's good tipping etiquette to leave a 10% tip in spas while on your vacation in Chile. If you don't receive an envelope at the reception desk, then you can give the tips directly to your attendant. Feel free to give more than 10% if you especially enjoyed your treatment.

should you tip your tour guide?

On a tour Tip 5,000 - 14,000 pesos in Chile

You should tip your guide 5,000-15,000 pesos per person per day. They will normally rely on tips to make up most of their wages. As always, tip based on the experience and service.

should you tip your taxi driver?

In Chile Round up your Fare in a taxi

Tipping etiquette for taxis is a bit strange in Chile. You're not really expected to tip, but in most cases you won't receive any change. Basically, just round up your fare. Politely tell the driver to keep the change. It will make it easier for your driver since change doesn't have much value in Chile, and is more of a hassle than anything.

Gratuities in hotels in Chile

Tip your hairdresser 10% in Chile

Hairdressers also receive low wages in Chile, so tips will be appreciated. You should definitely give at least 10%, and more if it is in your budget. Base your tip on how attentive they were, and how much you like the results.

It's also a good idea to tip anyone who washes your hair directly. Sometimes these workers aren't paid, and get only tips.