Sosúa Transportation

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    ~ Motoconchos & Guaguas ~

    by Heavens-Mirror Written May 6, 2007

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    ~ Motoconchos ~
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    The most common form of transport in Sosua is the use of a Motoconcho, this means the back seat of a moped or motorbike. Almost everyone in Sosua uses this transport and it was amusing watching people pass by, sometimes you would see just two people on the bike which was okay, sometimes three or four people would pile onto the back of the bike and all without helmets. It was shocking. I guess the law in Dominican Republic is alot more laid back to the law here in the UK. Id advise though not to use this form of transport as it can be dangerous.

    An alternative form of transport id recommend for tourists would be to use a local taxi service which are everywhere or you can use guaguas (these are public minibuses). You can also agree a good price before you travel so you grab yourself a bargain.

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    MOTO CONCHO - HELMET... WHAT ??

    by schurlif Updated Jan 31, 2007

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    This could also very well be in the Tourist Trap section.....
    The Moto Concho, the special quick and safe moto-taxi that takes you anywhere within a radius of 5 km in less than 4 minutes. Never mind that the drivers don't wear helmets, they probably have no license to drive either.
    In Sosúa, they're obvious, they're everywhere and they have a sublime way of driving you up the next palmtree.
    Either there's one across the street testing the motor of his vehicle (bruum, bruuuum... BRUUM...BRUUUUUMMMMM !!!!) or they approach you discreetly from behind, the motor on 5 kmh speed volume and sounding like a machine gun with hickup. Then they'll slow down to pedestrian speed next to you , pedestrian and ask : "Moto taxi ?"
    The first day I hired a moto concho for a fixed price of 20 Pesos. The ride was no more than 300 meters and when I was delivered there the price had changed to 50 Pesos. Not having been in Sosúa for the last six years and still being groggy from the long trip from São Paulo to Puerto Plata , I didn't discuss much , just paid him but asked a friend of mine how much he should have charged me... yup , 20 Pesos.
    So, from that moment on I refused to hire a moto concho. Once I was exhausted , my feet were burning , so I asked the moto concho driver who offered his services to me , how much the ride to Calle Pedro Clisante would be. I got the wrong answer ( 50 Pesos ) , so I told him that he was crazy and that he should forget it. He got p*ssed and was yelling after me as I walked away. His concho colleague came after me, told me I should get on his bike , the ride would be 20 Pesos. But by now I had lost my mood for the ride and declined.
    BUT, if you make a deal for a reasonable price and stick to it, driving in the back of these guys may be some kind of experience if you have no motorbike experience. And I have to say , these guys are in full command of their machines and drive well and don't speed. So , when in the DR , try this locomotion device with private chauffeur at least once.

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    The brave ones try the motoconcho!

    by WanderingFinn Updated Apr 4, 2007

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    I had never before heard anything like the phenomenon called the motoconchos. I couldn't first believe my eyes nor ears (terrible sound) - but true it was. When in the Dominican, try at least once the thing called the "Motoconcho" or like the locals shorten it to "motoconh".
    They are in every corner and every street, offering their services. They are no legal moto taxis, just young guys trying to make some money. Some of them have bikes that are in awful condition; some are brand new.

    It goes like this: once you have a driver and a motoconch, you jump on the bike, often the drivers are nice and advice you how not to burn your feet and where to keep them, and from which side to climb up. Then you two - or if you have a companion; all you three - start your bumpy journey. They don't use helmets and don't have it for the travellers either. But - at least all my drivers drove very carefully as the roads are bumpy and have holes and they cannot afford to break their bike.

    The ride doesn't cost practically anything; perhaps some some dozens of cents in euros.

    Taxis are not expensive either but the motoconch is a phenomenon in Dominican; that's why I wanted to try it too.

    They usually ride in and around the Sosua village; they seldom do any longer trips. It is mainly meant for short-haul trips (couple of kms; max 10).

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  • Helpful motoconchistas

    by jtstreator Written Sep 15, 2009

    The drivers of motoconchos (called motoconchistas) can be quite helpful, not just in Sosúa. We were driving around the DR and asked motoconchistas a number of times to guide us to a given destination. (Street and road signs are not all that common in the DR.) The drivers were friendly and helpful.

    If all you ask for are directions, no money is needed but you can be nice and give a few peso tip. Other times, you will be escorted to your destination, perhaps by routes you would never take. Extra tipping is desirable but when we asked a native how much of a tip is expected, she told us that it is all up to the person. Some tourists give nothing (which I feel is insulting especially in a country as poor as the DR) and others give the equivalent of $1.00 (US).

    We stayed in Cabarete and walked wherever we wanted to go. A couple of friendly motochonchistas asked us most every time if we wanted a ride. It became sort of a joke for them to ask us. Dominicans are very friendly people.

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    TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME ...

    by schurlif Written Apr 15, 2007
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    Travelling, as I say, is not only about being there, it's also about getting there and coming home....
    So, after I took my seat on the AA flight from Gregorio Luperon Airport POP to Miami after about half an hour or so I couldn't resist shooting pics of the many dozens of uninhabited islands of the Bahamas which are exactly in the POP-MIA flight path. It's a real show when you fly during the day and I guess the islands and islets are visible from both sides of the plane, I was on the right side way in the back with an unobstructed view of the Bahamas islands below me....
    So, even as you go there or come back, if you fly from Miami to Puerto Plata or vice versa get ready for some truly mind boggling views....

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    BACK IN THE U.S.S.R.

    by schurlif Written Apr 25, 2007
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    As mentioned before, the trip ain't over untill you touch down on the green green grass of home.
    Not for me though because I have exactly 90 minutes to catch my connection flight to São Paulo and having to go through customs and passport control isn't very helpful for a transit passenger like me, especially when I have to deal with a retardo of immigration officer at MIA named (Volta?) Barrett. This guy looks at me, at my passport, at the screen, at my passport, at me and starts asking questions like where do you come from, where are you going, do you live in the USA, how much cash do you have on you...... a real anxious and neurotic officer they employ at MIA there....
    Finally,"What are you going to do now?" and I: "Probably spend the night at the airport hotel if you keep me waiting here so I can miss my connection flight..." So the personified incapacity says: "I don't know what to do with you.. " and I say "Why don't you just stamp my passport and let me catch my flight, then I won't have to stay longer than 30 minutes in this country..." ... and the guy looks at me , shrugs the shoulders and stamps my passport.... Can you believe this...? I hardly made it in time to my plane to São Paulo.....
    Enjoy your flight from POP to MIA with rosy clouds, Jackie Gleason and the lights of Miami as you approach the runway !! Welcome home in the U.S.S.R. !!

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    POP

    by schurlif Updated Apr 30, 2007
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    Gregório Luperon Puerto Plata International Airport ( POP ) , gateway to the DR North Coast.....
    Arriving here you get a merengue playing band before you even get near the passport control... I guess you're supposed to tip them but I was not really in the mood.... Too tired, too noisy....
    Before you present yourself at the passport control you have to stay in line for the 20 U$ ( or was it just 10 U$..?) purchase of the so called tourist card that they take away from you as soon as you pass passport control....
    But just as exciting as getting here is leaving from here...... When you arrive , you don't even want to see or look at the place...... But when you leave it's an international flight and that means you gotta be there 2 hours before take off time..... Look at pic 1... Sunday PM.... waiting lines to no end.... and then the latest, most modern state of the art impressive security check system with all gadgets to prevent the unthinkable..... And if you don't want AA anymore because the luggage personal in Miami sent your suitcase to Costa Rica ( which is ALMOST the same as Puerto Plata, right? If you think about it.... lol...), then you have the choice of the brand new Delta flight from Atlanta !! And Gregório Luperon...???? I don't know , but he might have been the pilot of the airplane in pic 5..?? I wouldn't be surprised....

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