Most clients ask about tipping at the end of their trek or tour with SAM Travel Peru. Tipping is of course 100% voluntary and it should only be done if you feel that your guide, porters and chefs have done an amazing job for you. Of course, we hope every trek or tour we do is a lifetime experience for our clients. If you choose to give a tip, we have some general guidelines on how to tip to help you in deciding how much to give.
Generally, our trekking groups give collective tips that are shared between the cook and all porters including the head porter. Usually the tips are given on the last night of the trek. If the group pools together money and at the end each porter receives 60 to 80 soles and your cook receives double that,120 to 160 soles, they will end with a great tip!. The tip for your guide is usually done personally by each trekker or groups of trekkers and is based on the quality of service they have received on their tour or trek.
Remember that tipping is discretionary. We understand that different cultures have different values and beliefs about tipping. If you do not think tipping is necessary in a particular circumstance, then do not tip. This is only a guide for people who are planning to tip and want to know the customary method and amount to tip.
Please note: that SAM Travel Peru is socially responsible and we pay all of our guides, chefs, and porters a good fair living wage for their services. Tipping is something extra for providing good quality service to our clients and working hard to make the trek or tour the best possible experience for our guests.