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"Usually, the proper way to..." Mexico Local Custom Tip by Neuras

Mexico Local Customs: 173 reviews and 144 photos

Usually, the proper way to greet someone you don't know is 'Buenos días, tardes, noches' for 'good morning, afternoon and evening-night'(no distinction between evening night, it all depends if it´s already dark or not)
The tipping is more relaxed than in some countries like the US, but people usually expects a tip since it usually is their main income. 10-15% is a fair tip for restaurants. As to tour guides, it´s usually a couple of dollars per hour per family.
Long eye contact can be not very polite for elder people, or for an older one. Not that you keep you head down while talking to them, but do not stare at them the American way because that makes them feel challenged or at least unconfortable.
Never argue with an officer (such as customs or in the bank) because you are lost or you will have to bribe them. You better act confuse like if you were a humble tourist who does not know anything so that they will feel sorry for you and get through with what they are supposed to. Last chance will be to talk to a higher officer, but that´s in an extreme case.
All of that is very unusual but happens from time to time.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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