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Another post to better understand how to move around in Santo Domingo and Dominican Republic dedicated to Hispaniola Spanish Language School students&friends
Metro Tours and Caribe Tours
Metro and Caribe are the largest bus companies in the country, with large, comfortable buses for long range travel to many different destinations. Their buses are modern and normally in excellent condition, the schedule is strict, drivers are normally well trained and
drive in a reasonably safe manner. In order to ensure that you can board a bus leaving at a particular time, you must try to arrive around 45 minutes before the scheduled time. In particular on busy days and times (for example Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings), or on holidays, schedules can change without notice and buses can fill up rapidly, so it´s better to plan to arrive early and also plan to be flexible. You might have to wait until the next bus to your destination.
They do not cover the entire territory, so where they don’t travel you normally find an “Expreso”(see below) or a combination of different kind of vehicles.
Metro Tours, Churchill detrás de Plaza Central Santo Domingo,
Tel: 809-566-7126 http://metroserviciosturisticos.com/
Caribe Tours, L. Navarro esquina 27 de Febrero, Santo Domingo,
Tel: 809-221-4422 http://www.caribetours.com.do
Long-range travel may be made also with minor companies that run smaller buses or vans and who normally charge cheaper prices. These smaller buses and vans are often called guaguas orvoladoras. A guagua can be any vehicle larger than a normal 4-seats car. The term “voladora”means “flying”..I guess that further explication are not necessary!
They make more stops and are less comfortable than the big buses. Often there are not really enough seats for the number of passengers, who are squished t
Next post we will se the difference between LOCALS AND EXPRESOS and some consideration about Carros públicos or Conchos.. this will end the article about Interurban Transportation and we will enter in the most interesting part.ightly together in order to fit in more people; Dominicans are accustomed to this, but it might make you uncomfortable. This kind of transportation is not strictly organized, either. There are few fixed bus stops. Just wave your arms or otherwise signal from the street when you wish to board. To get off, you often must scream over the wind noise coming in through the windows to make it understood that you want to bajar (get off). Note that a guagua’s ¨crew¨ is usually a chofer (driver) andcobrador. The cobrador is the one responsible for packing passengers in as tightly as possible so as to accommodate more, and he collects the fares. He is also the one who hangs out the door (with amazing acrobatic skill) yelling out the route, trying to entice as many passengers aboard as possible. If passengers have luggage, he finds room for it, too, sometimes even on the roof, hanging onto it with one hand. When there´s heavy traffic, the cobrador acts as a policeman, directing cars to clear the route, and if any problems arise between two or more passengers or with the driver, he immediately becomes judge and jury. Taking this cheaper kind of transportation can be a fun or frustrating experience, depending on your point of view. We divide guaguas into LOCALS AND EXPRESOS
(to be continued…)
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