In the country of guaguancó and old clothes there is always an alternative. Always. Especially when we talk about money, drinks and, of course, ways to get around cities like Havana.
First of all we have to consider the money we will pay. As some of you know, in Cuba Travelers usually pay with CUC (Cuban convertible peso) and the locals with CUP (Cuban peso), a currency that, in turn, pays more, of course.
Getting a CUP isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible either. All you have to do is walk around some cafes or stalls in neighborhoods like Vedado, in Havana, so that, yes, someone will give you back your change in local currency. If this is your case, take advantage of the opportunity to travel by bus – a way to accept this currency for tourists – at a price of 0.40 CUC. Otherwise, you can use your CUPs to move an almost unlimited public transportation options
A common form of transport that can also accept you, CUP. To prove it, don’t let it go. These taxis are older, they are known as “almonds”and, if shared, They usually follow old routes, so you can always calculate in advance if they will drop you near your final destination. The price is from 10 to 20 CUP.
Typical yellow taxi used only by tourists for this reason high prices for locals (10 CUC). You can always fight and no, don’t trust a taximeter.
Tourism makes a Cuban car. A kind of Caribbean tuk-tuk, round in shape and supported by three wheels very present in places like Old Havana. The price is the same as a regular taxi and the driver insists on giving you a tour around the city when you are careless.
This hybrid between a coconut taxi and a bicycle is one of the cheapest alternatives to know the city, because the cost is usually 1 CUC per km travel. In any case, you should always negotiate.
It is very common in places far from big cities and They usually bring the local population. To find them, you can ask the hotel owner and he will tell you which corner or traffic light he stops at every morning. In my case, one time I took one of these trucks from the outskirts of Matanzas to Varadero in a van that delivered the workers of the Meliá Varadero hotel for a very small price that I can’t even remember.
WHEN THE WATER COMES TO THE INTERFERENCE
Unlike Spain, there are many countries in the world where Rivers, islands and canals are part of the social and urban fabric. From Asian floating markets to large lakes where crossing from one end to the other is the daily life of hundreds of locals. And travelers. Here are some examples: