From four-legged transportation to floating clump of grass, these unique vehicles have made touring interesting. While high technology trains are the trend in Europe and some parts of Asia, these traditional human carriers are still loved by locals and tourists alike.
The reed boat is found on the lakes of Titicana, Peru. It is made of dry totora reed and they were originally made by craftsmen of Suriqui, a town on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicana. They’re one of the oldest types of boats traditionally used for fishing. The totora reed is still being used by Peruvian indigenous people called the Uros. To this day, man-made floating islands made of totora reed can be seen in Lake Titicaca. Each island can support three to ten houses.
The cyclo is a classic Vietnamese three-wheel bicycle that’s now used as sort of a taxi mostly by tourists. It appeared during the French colonial period replacing the Chinese human-pulled rickshaw. It’s a dual seating vehicle supported by two wheels and one more wheel for the driver at the back. It is a popular tourist attraction and offers a pleasant peaceful ride in the old streets of Vietnam.
It was considered inhumane to let someone pull you in a carriage as it was a job given to horses but somehow, human-powered rickshaws are still around in Japan. Despite Japan being one of the economic powers in the world, the traditional rickshaw in Kyoto still service people around old city parts where cars cannot travel through. The drivers have strong legs despite their small size, wearing specially designed foot gear to keep their stance stable. It is indeed very environmental to travel around in rickshaws, and healthy for the driver.
Another zero-emission transportation mode is the camel. The Middle East is a country rich in petroleum which is ironic because riding a camel is still the only way to go when trekking the deserts. It justifies authentic traditional Middle-Eastern experience for tourists. People say you’ve never been to Cairo if you haven’t ridden a camel. Mongolia and India are among Asian countries that still make use of camels as transport.
The practice of using dogs to pull sleds is an American-Indian culture that has persisted through the modern times. It’s only a recreational sport nowadays as the sleds have been upgraded to snowmobiles and Santa Clause has shifted to using reindeers. Still, dog-pulled sleds are unique mode of transportation that deserves to be in the list.
Article publié pour la première fois le 22/04/2013