Guatemala to Mexico via Chicken Bus
San Cristobal de Las Casas Travel Blog› entry 7 of 7 › view all entries
On Friday, I started in northeast Guatemala in the little Indian (indigenous) town, where I took the local â€ścolectivoâ€ť to the nearby city, Flores. Then, after taking the overnight bus to the West, I arrived in Guatemala City and took a local bus to Antigua thinking that I could get a tourist shuttle to southern Mexico (San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas). I learned from the internet that a couple of Dramamines help get rested on overnight buses, and itâ€™s true, they work for me. I got to Antigua at 7am, but the shuttle to San Cristobal had gone at 5am. I felt pretty good, so I decided to take â€śchicken busesâ€ť the entire way to San Cristobal. The gringos call the local Guatemalan buses â€śchicken busesâ€ť because the people bring all sorts of things on board with them including chickens. The tourist shuttle goes direct, however, I had to transfer five times on chicken buses to make the 12 hour trip to San Cristobal, but I really liked the experience, as tiring as it was. The buses are so reminiscent of India. However, unlike India most of them are souped-up US school buses. Each bench seat says â€śblue birdâ€ť on its back. On two of the buses someone had brought chickens or roosters on board. When I got to San Cristobal I treated myself to a hotel, not just a hostel, and, the next day, a two hour flight to Mexico City, instead of the 18 hour bus; the plane is only about $30 more. Well, thatâ€™s my story; Iâ€™m going to try to get a lot of sleep tonight.