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    • by Elizabeth Schulte

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      Chicken buses are the main form of transportation around Guatemala. You can catch a chicken bus from anywhere, to anywhere, for pennies. They are old U.

      S. school buses that have been retired for whatever reason, (silly little things like failing brakes) and have been sent off to work as public buses in Central America.

      They are re-painted with beautiful murals on all the sides and the interior, big swirling Virgin Marys and crowns of thorns

      and fruit and birds and wildlife. These buses are called Chicken Buses because you can bring your chicken on the bus with you, or your goat, or your six screaming children, or your huge-ass 60lb bag of coffee.

      The bus is never full- the driver will always try to put more people on. This means you will be sitting three or four or somethings five to a seat in a seat meant for one or ...

      • two elementary school children.

        There are also people packed hip-to-hip in the aisles and sometimes even people up on the roof or holding onto the back. The drivers are insane and they go around blind switchbacks in the wrong lane at 60 mph.

        The chicken bus is a scary and delightful form of transportation but not one that should be risked with a hangover or a travelling companion prone to motion sickness. They really are

        your only option for a lot of trips, though, and sometimes even the chartered buses are little more than chicken buses, so you had better resign yourself to your fate.

        Also, watch your valuables on a chicken bus. I talked to multiple people who had things snatched out of their bags, even one guy who had the cord on his camera sliced off his wrist without him noticing.

        Keep your valuables on your lap and don’t fall asleep.

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