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Central Chile
January 7-18, 2019
Plus Easter Island extension

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Baja California
Winter Whale & Endemics Special

Feb 6-17, 2019
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Waterbirds & Rarities Weekend

Feb 9-11, 2019
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Costa Rica Special!
Feb 10-16, 2019
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Jamaica: 29 Endemics
Feb 24-March 2, 2019
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Specialties of Mitú
with Diego Calderon
Mar 21-30, 2019
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March 24-April 3/4, 2019
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Amazon Cruise
April 5-14, 2019
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Lesvos: Spring Migration Magic!
April 20-27, 2019
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Spain: Grand
Spring Tour

April 24-May 8, 2019
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Delaware: Red Knot Spectacular!
May 13-16, 2019
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Specialties of Mitú
with Diego Calderon
May 15-25, 2019
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Finland: Owls,
Grouse & more

May 26-June 1, 2019
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Henslow's & more
May 31-June 2, 2019
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Norway: Lapland & Varanger
June 1-7, 2019
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Costa Rica: Dragonflies & Nature
June 22-July 1, 2019
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Uganda: Shoebill & Gorilla Special!
July 20-28, 2019
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Pantanal Wildlife Safari
July 17-26, 2019
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Canopy Tower
20th Anniversary Special!
Aug 1-8, 2019
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Canopy Camp
20th Anniversary Special!
Aug 8-15, 2019
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August 20-31, 2019
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Dragonflies & Nature
Plus Canopy Camp

Sept 14-24/28, 2019
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Oct 1-15, 2019
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Guyana: Jewel
of the Neotropics

Oct 18-31, 2019
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New Zealand:
Islands of Endemics

Nov 4-25, 2019
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Plus Tikal
Nov 23-Dec 2/7, 2019

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Serbia: Long-eared Owl Spectacle!
January 10-19, 2020
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Japan: Winter Specialties
February 5-16, 2020
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Sahara to Atlantic

March 21-31, 2020
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Pribilofs, Gambell, Nome, Denali/Kenai, Barrow, Dutch Harbor
May/June 2020

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Cascades & Malheur

May 26-June 4, 2020
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Peninsular Malaysia
July 31-Aug 12, 2020
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Chile: Condors, Penguins & Pumas
Oct 10-20, 2020
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Argentina: Valdez & the South
Oct 12-31, 2020
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Jamaican Tody. Photo by Steve Bird.Tipping on birding tours is frequently fraught with uncertainty. In some places tipping is discouraged and considered offensive, in others it is expected. People often want to show appreciation for good service with a tip. Gratuities are at your discretion, nonetheless people always ask about it and how much is appropriate.

Our intention here is to provide simple guidelines for tipping on birding tours and our standard suggestion is in the box below. Beyond that, it can get a little complicated so we have included some links to web sites that can help you get a sense of how various countries view tipping.

Our standard suggestion for tipping on birding trips based on advice from several of our local agents is:
  • Birding tour guide: US$ 10.00 - $20.00 per person/day.
    Note: If there is more than one guide, this can be split among them.
  • Transfer driver: US$ 2.00 - $5.00 per person
  • Tour driver: US$ 5.00 per person/day
  • Lodge staff: US$ 5.00 - 10.00 per person/day
  • Tour boat driver: Up to US$ 5.00 per person/day
  • Pelagic day trips: 10% of the trip cost to the boat crew
  • Hotel & international airport bellmen: US$ 1.00 per suitcase

Green Aracari, Guyana. Photo by Gina Nichol.On a successful birding tour, guides and drivers often work extremely long hours.
It is likely that they receive low basic wages so tips for them are an important part of their annual income.

Canopy Tower in Panama has posted suggestions that generally agree with our recommendations above.
Read it online>

Beyond birding trips, here are web sites that offer suggestions for tipping in several different countries:

There is also an app called iWorld Tip that provides advice about tipping in various countries and calculates tips. Find it in iTunes in the "finance" category. Developed by DynamicDust s.r.o.

Comments & suggestions are welcome to

Good Birding!

Photo credits:
Jamaican Tody, Jamaica, by Steve Bird
Green Aracari, Guyana, by Gina Nichol.

NOTE: Linked web sites are not under the control of Sunrise Birding and Sunrise Birding is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. Sunrise Birding provides these links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of a link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Sunrise Birding.

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