Wide & Varied Modes of Travel In Cuba
A visit to Cuba is certainly an adventure. While the number of tourists traveling to Cuba has been rapidly increasing, the tourist infrastructure in Cuba remains somewhat basic. As a result, a journey to Cuba can be a bit more challenging than travel to more developed countries. In a recent article I shared information about accommodations for travelers in Cuba (see Cuba Travel Planner – Accommodations). There’s also a brief article about In-City Transportation while visiting Cuba.
How did I travel during my recent Journey to Cuba? Let me share some photos of the variety of transportation options I encountered.
Most travelers to Cuba arrive by air and I was no exception. I flew via one of my “Go To Airlines” , Southwest Airlines (no charge for 2 bags – thank you very much!) from Kansas City via Ft. Lauderdale, arriving at José Martí International Airport in Havana.
Classic Old Cars –
Cuba is full of classic old cars. That’s my guide and the driver for the day in and around Havana. The car was a classic Chevy.
Just cruising’ through Havana in the Chevy.
“Regular” Taxi –
You can also “hail” or call for a regular taxi when you tire of walking. This one in Havana. No meter – negotiation is the key.
Tourist Bus –
A very nice bus operated by “Transtur.” Some routes offer this type of service but you may have to search it out. I took this one from Havana to Trinidad. Reclining seats, air conditioning, and a bargain at $27 ( a taxi was quoted as $250!)
Tri-Cycle Pedicab (not exactly sure if there is an official name for these in Cuba) –
The driver met me when I got off the bus in Trinidad asking if I needed a “Taxi.” Turned out this is his “Taxi.” Hot weather and cobble-stoned streets mean this guy works hard – really hard – for his living.
Old Cars –
Lots of old cars in Cuba but not all are classics. This was an old Peugeot in front of my Casa Particular in Trinidad. It was operated as a “taxi,” which I ride-shared with 3 other passengers traveling from Trinidad to Vinales (@ a 6 hour drive via Havana). It was a good car although it kept slipping out of gear on occasion. I suspect the driver may have had aspirations to go on the race car circuit. I think that many people in Cuba with a car put a “Taxi” sign in the window and go into business as a sideline.
Ho Ho Bus ( Hop On / Hop Off) –
In Vinales, tobacco country, they operate a Hop On / Hop Off Bus. For a daily fee of $5 you can visit any or all of about 7 stops in the area. The blue car in the foreground is another classic “taxi” – they are everywhere.
In Vinales I got “upclose and personal” with the countryside, riding horseback through some of the tobacco country and agricultural areas. Yes, that’s me “multi-tasking” in Cuba – horseman and photographer.
I’ll be writing in more detail about the “ins and outs” of transportation in Cuba in a future article. Meanwhile –
Explore Transportation In All It’s Variety …………….. And Enjoy the Adventure!
Be sure to watch for future Cuba Travel Planner articles on subjects including:
Money Matters, Transportation
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