Currency: The new Bolivar Soberano (Bs, VES) was released August 2018.
Local custom: Tips are optional but very appreciated. Hyper-inflation makes daily living very expensive, especially for service staff.
Curated tipping suggestions:
Hotel Housekeeping/Room Attendant: 50Bs left on a pillow daily (staff changes). More for messy rooms or extra requests.
Hotel Porter/Bellhop: 50Bs per bag, maximum 100Bs per trip.
Restaurant (general): A 10% service charge is usually included in bill/price. It’s typical to add 5-10% more for good service.
Taxi: Not expected. Fares are negotiated before the trip and tips are built in.
Tour Guide or Driver: 5-10% of price.
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