Travel tip #12: Settle taxi & tuk-tuk prices before you get in

Tuk-tuk, best to settle prices before getting in

Settle prices with taxis, tuk-tuks, motorcycles and boats before getting in (or onboard). Even when somewhat familiar with what a price should be, possible disputes can be avoided by settling the price beforehand. Make sure to clarify in total versus per person as well.

Prices vary wildly between vehicles and at various times, due mostly to gas consumption and gas prices. A long tuk-tuk ride around a part of the perimeter of Lake Atitlán, for example, could be cheaper than a faster, direct boat ride between the same points (even a shared ride or colectivo!). That's because boat engines generally use plenty of gas where smaller engines (motorcycles, tuk-tuks) are very economical.

Also, there are plenty of drivers (not all) who will hike up the price if they think their fare doesn't know any better. For that reason, it's a good idea to discuss pricing -- maybe even with a few drivers -- before hopping into a cab or onto the back of a motorcycle.

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