Rarely these days that we see Kalesa on the road, be that, it remains to be our national vehicle. It was introduced to us by Spaniards in the 18th century, used by high ranking officials and illustrados. Today, jeepneys outnumbered the Kalesa, the latter could be seen inside the walls of intramuros with its kutsero acting as tour guide. In Binondo, Kalesa still operates, and being use as a mode of trasportation.
In our recent visit to Intramuros, we spared our feet from a long and tiring walk. To cover the entire Intramuros, we opted for a kalesa ride. The Kutsero acted as our tour guide, and lectured us about Philippine History. He gave us time to wonder and wander the interesting points in the area. I do recommend to take a kalesa ride when you visit Intramuros.
Some say that “kwentong Kutchero” (story by a coachman) shoud not be believed because his version of the story is related with trivial lies and exaggeration. I extend benefit of the doubt to our Kutsero. I commend him for his great contribution to promote Philippine tourism. Afterall, kwentong kutsero is just a coined idiomatic expression for exaggerated accounts.
The kutsero holds a map of intramuros, enumerating the significant areas to visit such as museums, plazas, forts , schools, gardens, churches, and monuments. Kalesa tour package is priced at 250 pesos. It is important to ask first about the price and duration before agreeing to take the tour. The kutchero should be able to finish the 27 spots provided in the map, and should allow passengers a reasonable time to examine and feel the area.