It’s always fun when I get a reaction to the camera.
It’s not Uber, it’s not Lyft and it’s not to be confused with the 40 cuc/hr. tourist taxis that surround Parque Central. It’s Havana’s own shared taxi system.
It’s a cheap, quick way for Cubans to get where they need to go without waiting in line and fighting for a seat on a bus.
If you want to go to Miramar or Playa Santa Maria, no problem.
One of several “pit bosses” will direct you to a taxi that’s going your way. The catch is that you have to wait until the taxi is full before the driver will leave. This, of course, ensures the driver that it will be a profitable trip.
There are several collection points around the city where taxis come and go all day long.
I like to observe people.
Often times what they do and how they do it can be entertaining.
For Cubans, hailing a cab is more like hitching a ride in the U.S. The taxis have routes that they drive all day long, So if one stops, you first have to ask if it’s going past where you want to go.
Instead of putting out a thumb, the favored method seems to be variations of finger waving.
One Finger Up. (optimist )
One finger down. (tired )
One finger hidden. ( gift offering ? )
Two fingers horizontal. ( confident )
The peace sign.
Four fingers horizontal. ( testing one’s nerves )
Four fingers vertical. ( the lazy method )
Two and Two. ( not easy, obviously a pro )
In the cities, buses and cabs are crowded and in short supply.
Outside the cities people rely on whatever transportation they can find.
School children and farm workers share the open back of a dump truck.
Daily truck ride to school.
The family vehicle.
Better than walking.
Horse drawn cart, old Chevy, agency taxi, and government jeep.