Marimba Chicken Bus and Church of San Pedro

Marimba Chicken Bus and Church of San Pedro

Well, well, what we have here… what’s up with that, why are Guatemalans so enchanted with the infamous chicken bus. I mean what makes Guatemalans take on the crappy junk and retired school buses from up north and give them a second life as public transit chicken bus, mobile libraries chicken bus and now as a marimba orquesta mobile unit chicken bus.

Now this is too much! Come on, who came up with the bright idea of mixing the chicken bus and the marimba orquesta. If hell existed, this would be it. 😉

By the way, chicken bus is the derogatory term used in many guides to refer to the rural public transportation buses in Guatemala and in many parts of Latin America. The marimba (pronunciation) has to be Guatemala’s most popular musical instrument.

If you don’t know what marimba music sound like, I leave you with a sample of it with Tristezas quetzaltecas below. You can also check out the entry Marimba Music at Calle del Arco in Antigua for more background information and two more marimba music songs.

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  • I love these old buses!

  • Great photo. Love the color juxaposition. And thanks for the link to Daniel Chang in the other entry. Love his site.

  • So now I know what is the name of that “pieza de marimba”… what memories… I can almost feel the pine needles under my feet and the smell of “tamales” coming from my great-grandmother’s (QEPD) kitchen in zona 8 of La Nueva.

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  • Ioanna, don’t we all?

    Lessie, I’m glad at least you followed the links.

    Manolo, man, you bring long forgotten memories with the pine needles and the tamales.

  • Claudia

    OMG, Manolo, pine needles, that’s old school. Hee hee, the only thing is you have to be careful those things can be slippery. But you’re right – tamales, the smell of polvora, the heat of the ponche, and then the too-tight hugs from the neighbors, if you know what I mean.

  • Claudia I prefer “retro” to “old school”… as my sister just called me yesterday for using “tuanis”… Ah, and there is no such thing as “too-tight hugs” 😉
    I forgot about the smell of “pólvora”… which reminds me that “La Quema del Diablo” is coming soon…

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