Guaguas, La Romana. Dominican Republic December 2007.
The Guaguas are an informal transport system that networks the entire Dominican Republic, from the major cities to the most remote areas. This man demonstrated the way this system works; waiting by the side of the road until a guagua approached, then simply hailing it and jumping in. The open side door was the only indication that this vehicle was in fact a guagua and it barely stopped as it passed by. I never travelled in one myself but by all accounts they are the simplest and best way to get about. The type of guagua can range from the newest vans and minibuses to rusting and rundown cars barely roadworthy. It is however an incredibly cheap way to travel about the country.