Car (Rental), Trinidad
When you want to head out from Trinidad to either Havana or Cienfuegos, one thing I have done is go on Maceo (near Las Ruinas bar) and there are usually the hustlers trying to take tourists to Havana/100fuegos. Now at first, you will say no. But if you think about it, they charge the same price as the Viazul and they bring you right to your door in Havana, thus saving another $6-10 CUC for a taxi.
This is how they make their daily $ (el diario) and it is safe. Just make sure you sak to see the car first and make sure the license plate is maroon colour and it begins with a "T" (for tourism).
Just be ready for hours and hours of reggaeton on the jukebox...
From Trinidad, we wanted to continue our trip by renting a car. We went to the only car renting place, which shares the same office with a travel agency, one day in advance, in order to "book" our car. This guy kept saying, "no problem", "no problem". He called someone, and said we'd see our car in 10 minutes.
20 minutes later, the car arrived. We had a look, and said Ok we'd take it the day after. He was very surprise, "You are not taking it now?"
"No. I told you we wanted to rent a car from tomorrow on. Probably for 8 to 10 days."
"So. You need it tomorrow? Why don't you come tomorrow?"
"We wanted to make sure that there is a car for us tomorrow. That's why." I asked how much deposit we should pay him. But this seemed to him a strange idea. He didn't ask us to pay anything. But we said "9 o'clock tomorrow".
We were late for about 40 minutes. Our car was always gone. The guy said, "I did wait for you."
I wanted to tell him if he had accepted the deposit, he'd have had more confidence waiting for 40 muites.
No other car to rent in the whole city on that day. All the buses were gone early in the morning. We had to take a taxi to Sancti Spiritus to try our luck there.
Jan and Claudine were just strolling around in Trinida - found and pictured this house and oldsmobile ! Jan in the picture - Claudine at work to save some pictures of their honeymoon in Cuba.