Tipping is recommended.
Tourism on the Quilotoa Loop offers great income opportunities for the locals. Wherever you go and stay, people are very hardworking but most likely earning low wages. Tipping is therefore very important and a nice motivation too.
Hotels & Lodges: Most accommodations on the loop are just small family enterprises, while others also create jobs for other local people in the communities.
As a guideline, hotels in Quito will tack a 10% service charge onto your bill (along with 12% VAT) – on the Quilotoa Loop a tip of between 5%-10% over your bill, is enough. No need to add anything on top, unless the service has been exceptionally stellar – and in that case a dollar or two to indicate your appreciation would be fine. Economical establishments do not usually include either tax or a service charge, and rounding up would be appropriate.
If you would like to tip the person who is helping you carry your bags, just 50 cents will be plenty.
Most accommodations with have a general tipping pot at the reception, while at other establishments you can pay a person directly.
Transport Services: It is necessary to negotiate the fare before getting in. Once an agreement is reached, they tend to honor it. Booking transportation through your accommodation is usually better so prices will not vary.
Tipping is not customary on taxis and trucks, but if the driver gave friendly service and the drive was comfortable and safe, you can always add another dollar or two on top. Transport on the Quilotoa Loop is fairly cheap, although maintaining any car in Ecuador is expensive. During special holidays or for transfers at nighttime, a tip is appropriate.
Local Guide: If you enjoyed the day with your local guide, and he took good care of you, a tip is definitely recommended. Between $5 and $15 for a full day hiking is recommended. If you are with a group of 4 or more, give something extra. Remember that most local guides are just farmers with very low income, so it’s a good cause!