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Old August 21st, 2009, 03:04 AM   #61
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when my dad was in a travel to Cuba for work he saw a big bus named guagua or guira i dont know, does anybody here knows the name of the buses?
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Old August 21st, 2009, 08:18 AM   #62
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when my dad was in a travel to Cuba for work he saw a big bus named guagua or guira i dont know, does anybody here knows the name of the buses?
Well, that´s mainly what the word "guagua" means in Cuba, a sort of public bus. Actually, there are just moreless 500 guaguas circulating due to actual economic crisis.



The other major public transport that has been posted before here is commonly best known in La Habana as "The Camel" (el Camello), and usually consists on a truck + trailer with 2 humps, therefore its name. The Camel was invented by a transport minister at the beginning of the 80´s to relieve the transport critical situation in the capital. Each "camel" can hold 300 ppl in one trip...now it´s up to you to suffer over 30º degrees inside it with no conditioning air

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Old August 21st, 2009, 12:05 PM   #63
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Until a few weeks ago there was a Russian bus website which had a gallery of recent photos of buses in Cuba, but it's disappeared. Anyway, it seems that the Camellos in Havana have been or are being replaced by three-axle and articulated buses.
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Old August 21st, 2009, 03:19 PM   #64
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Pictures of Habana really reminds of Driver 2 game, classic times. I can remember some places from game, like this Harbour Tunnel and old US cars
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Old August 25th, 2009, 12:29 AM   #65
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Here's some pics taken by me when I visited Cuba in July 2005. First photo's from Havana, the rest is from a road trip we made around the countryside in a rental car.

Malecón, Havana
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Another photo of the infamous Malecón beach promenade. A lot of lanes here!
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Intersection in Havana
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Wide street in Havana
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Picking up the rental, a VW Sharan 1,8t
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30 minutes later and we're already lost. No signs and nobody speaks a single word of english. This photo is from a typical small village located a little west of Havana. Notice the potholes, they made our Sharan cry.
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We finally made it to A1, Cubas main east/west highway. This highway has six lanes, in some sections even eight. Lane markings however doesn't exist, and traffic is minimal. The speed limit is 100 km/h, but beware of potholes, you don't want to hit them at that speed!
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More Cuban "Autobahn"
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We leave the motorway and take som country roads. Here we're stuck behind what's the most usual kind of public transportation in Cuba.
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Another country road, banana plantage on the left side.
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This section of A1 going east from Havana is really wide.
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More A1 east of Havana. The road was straight as an arrow for kilometers after kilometers.
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There are many ways to use a public highway in Cuba!
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And many types of transport aswell!
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Nice straight road, pavement here was quite ok. People, horses, donkeys and dogs wandering in the middle of the road made it dangerous to drive at high speeds though.
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This impressive causeway took ten years to build, and connects the island of Santa Maria to the mainland of Cuba.
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The causeway is 48 km long and was a delight to drive. After passing a checkpoint with guards armed with AK47's, you could blast away over the caribbean sea.
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Speed limit on the causeway was 90 km/h.
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Several bridges made it possible for life under the sea surface to cross the causeway.
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Last photo shows a flooded highway not far from Santa Clara, east of Havana. The photo was taken a few days after a hurricane. The Sharan managed to drive thru it.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #66
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I want to post photos from a cuba trip, but the forum just tells me that the message must be approved by a moderator. I posted 24 hours ago and nothing have been approved yet. Anybody wanna tell me what to do?
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Old August 25th, 2009, 09:45 PM   #67
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They have been approved

Funnily enough, they didn't show as "new posts" here. That's why I couldn't approve them earlier. Happy foruming.
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Thanks alot, Chris! But as you might see I was impatient enough to push the button more than one time. post #66-68 may be deleted
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Old August 26th, 2009, 02:37 AM   #69
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Why do posts in this thread need approval? Nice pictures Jonas.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 03:43 AM   #70
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Here's some pics taken by me when I visited Cuba in July 2005. First photo's from Havana, the rest is from a road trip we made around the countryside in a rental car.

This impressive causeway took ten years to build, and connects the island of Santa Maria to the mainland of Cuba.
[IMG]http://i30.************/a4swnq.jpg[/IMG]

The causeway is 48 km long and was a delight to drive. After passing a checkpoint with guards armed with AK47's, you could blast away over the caribbean sea.
I am about 99.9% certain that those guards are there mainly to keep ordinary Cubans away from there, an area reserved for only foreign tourists and Communist Party bigshots. That causeway is located just outside of the Cuban city of Caibarién.

Such is life in Cuba.



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Old August 26th, 2009, 03:52 AM   #71
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Judging from the photos in this thread Cuba must be the only place in the world where you can regularly see old Soviet and American cars.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 05:22 AM   #72
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Potholes are nothing special in the Caribbean (even on rich islands) because of everyday pretty strong raining.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:29 AM   #73
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traffic jam and congestion seems to be an unknown expression there...
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 03:21 AM   #74
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the roads in Cuba are really bad I am from Mexico and Iam very sad
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Old October 5th, 2009, 12:19 PM   #75
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Cuba roads few of them, needs a liitle renovation...
The A1 motorway if i seen right has 3 lanes in each direction?
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Old September 16th, 2010, 09:32 PM   #76
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I travelled from Havana to Guantanamo city six years ago by road. I can't remember exactly how long it took, but it was a slow journey.

From memory, there is a freeway of sorts from Havana about a third or half of the way. In parts it looked as though building had been halted once the southern carriageway had been built, though the route for the northern carriageway had been cleared and bridges built.

The surface was in very poor condition and there were no road markings, though the alignment engineering etc was good. I don't know if it had always been like that or if it had just deteriorated over the years. At one place there was also a level crossing (!) on the freeway and horse-drawn carts were not an uncommon sight. People told us that driving at night could be dangerous because of cattle wandering onto the road.

Around half way to Santiago the freeway ends in the middle of nowhere and you have to go onto small country roads to get to another, older, highway for the remainder of the way.

Between Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo there is another freeway, again incomplete.

I was rather puzzled by why they had started building such a freeway, it seemed highly over optomistic (or extravagant maybe a better word) as there was little traffic. Especially there were very few cars - most of the traffic consisted of trucks. Even without Cuba's economic crisis and the lower emphasis of individual vehicles in favour of public transport of socialism it seemed over-engineered considering how far it is between population centres.

On the other hand, the road to Barracoa through the mountains was well-maintained.

One thing that was nice about roads in Cuba was the nice artistic monuments and plantings next to them at the entrances to towns and villages with the name of the town etc.

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Road to Barracoa through the mountains

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Cuban petrol station

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Near Boyeros Avenue in Havana

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Old September 17th, 2010, 03:43 AM   #77
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Pictures of Habana really reminds of Driver 2 game, classic times. I can remember some places from game, like this Harbour Tunnel and old US cars
Considering they used 1000s of pics from each city in the game, is it any surprise? The same for Driver 3. Wonder if they are gonna make a Driver 4. I wanna know what happens to Tanner after Jericho shot him. Anyhoo... Back to the thread.
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Have there been any autopista section openings since the beginning of 2010, and are any planned by the end of 2011?
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Cruising in Cuba: The National Highway in Cuba has many stretches where you will not see another car for miles. Then when you do see one, it is an old classic like this 1950s Buick, which looks at home on the open road with the Cuban landscape of fields and mountains in the distance. (James Kao/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 02:40 PM   #80
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Until a few weeks ago there was a Russian bus website which had a gallery of recent photos of buses in Cuba, but it's disappeared. Anyway, it seems that the Camellos in Havana have been or are being replaced by three-axle and articulated buses.
A lot of Dutch local buses have been exported to Cuba...
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