Havana's famous camellos (so named for their humped, camel-like shape) are little more than huge tractor trailers. Lines for these 300-passenger buses are often hundreds of people long, folks are packed onto them like sardines in a can, and onboard temperatures are all but life-threatening. In addition, you need exact change to board, and most Cubans tell tales (no doubt true) of pickpockets and lost watches and jewelry. If, however, you want to experience Cuba the way Cubans do, by all means, hop a camello. The omnibus, a smaller local bus, is another good way to get either crushed or to work up a major sweat. For bus travel to other parts of the island, contact the bus company Víazul, which operates a comfortable air-conditioned fleet of modern buses.
Viazul. Calle 26 y Av. Zoologico, Nuevo Vedado, Havana. 7/881-1413. www.viazul.cu.
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