Back to Guatemala City on Our Way to Tikal
Guatemala City Travel Blog› entry 17 of 23 › view all entries
I think we made a good choice with the direct shuttle as the bus system in Guatemala City is cheap but very confusing. The city is numbered into zones, but the zones seem to be ordered nonsensically (We're in zone 2..... now we're in zone 13.... now we're in zone 7...). It's also a big city with really confusing things on the map like two sets of streets with the same number.
This bus station was the most awesome bus station I have ever seen. Standing on the corner outside of it was like watching that show "Real TV" on the Spike Channel. We saw a fistfight that made its way down the opposite street, lots of people being loaded into a big paddy wagon, a couple consisting of a little Mayan lady and a trucker that alternately slapped each other and made out with each other, and a band of roving policemen/army guys. We kept laughing at the police because they seemed to be wandering nonesensically with a confused look on thier faces -- chilling at the corner, wandering back to the middle of the black, looking around, getting on a bus, getting off a bus, etc, but we found out that their job was basically to wander around and wait to break up any trouble.
We met a dude at the bus stop who used to live in LA before he was deported. He said he was on his way back to sneak into the US again. He was very nice, but said he used to be in prison for some "bad things". He was going to get back into Mexico on fake papers and then sneak into the US by hopping a train. Basically, he was the Guatemalan Johnny Cash.
He told us he didn't care for Guatemala because their was little work and it was very dangerous. We asked him where the dangerous part of town was. He pointed across the street.