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Chicken Bus Acrobatics by Rudy Giron -

Chicken Bus Acrobatics

How many times is this image repeated every day in Guatemala? I’d say a few hundred times since the ayudantes, helpers, often …

Guatemalan Style School Bus by Rudy Giron

Guatemalan Style School Bus

In Guatemala, nothing can be plain and simple, not the public transit system buses nor the school buses. Here’s a very good …

From Blue Bird to Green Quetzal

The typical Guatemalan camioneta (public transit bus or chicken bus for those who like the colourful derogatory term) is based on an …

Marimba Orquesta Chicken Bus Ave Lira

Like Manolo said, with Marimba music as the background for many parties and celebrations around La Antigua Guatemala and the rest of the country, I can almost smell the pine needles under my feet and the tamales and ponche (fruit punch) in the air. Oh what memories… sometimes I even wish I could like this type of music. 🙁

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.

Chicken Bus and the Driver’s Assistant

Guate, Guate, Guate… vamos vaciooossss!

That is what you hear the chicken bus driver’s helper yell out as the omnibus makes its way back into Guatemala City. But there are all kinds of yellings: Antigua, Antigua, Chimal, Chimal, Chichi, Chichi, Xela, Xela and so on.

Guate, Guate, Guate… vamos vaciooossss! Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala, we are empty is what the driver’s ayudante (helper) would yell out if they are full, like this.