Vintage Chicken Bus Inside a Coffee Plantation in Antigua Guatemala

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Vintage Chicken Bus Inside a Coffee Plantation in Antigua Guatemala

Often times I wonder why Guatemalans have this absurd fascination with the chicken buses, or camionetas as we call them here. I mean, we also have modern-looking buses and even double-decker buses with bus attendants and bathrooms in Guatemala. However, the majority of the public transportation still rides on top of these retired school buses turned into colourful camionetas. Can someone point me in the right direction to understand what’s this preposterous obsession with chicken buses that we have in Guatemala?

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  • elgordo

    It’s not an obsession, it’s a necessity. Camionetas are cheap and most people are poor; modern-looking buses and double-decker buses with attendants are luxuries reserved for those who have money to spare.