Riding on top of a chicken bus
Replies: 27 - Last Post: Jan 22, 2012 12:41 PM Last Post By: enroutesiglo
Jan 17, 2012 3:27 PM
Jan 17, 2012 4:36 PM
16Speaking of Indonesia Mark, looks like they're trying new and fun things to keep people of the roofs...
Should end well!
Jan 17, 2012 5:10 PM
17How much should I tip? and also what are the best routes to look for this?
I dont plan on going to Xela. I will be mainly around el remate/flores, lanquin, coban, antigua.
Not to hijack my on thread but I keep going back and forth on my intinerary. I keep thinking that instead of going straight from lago de peten to lanquin that I might take the other route and head down towards rio dulce and check lake izabel and then head over to lanquin/semuc champey.
What do you guys think? If I do this I will cut out some time at antigua and maybe skip lago de atitlan.
Jan 17, 2012 5:41 PM
18".....looks like they're trying new and fun things to keep people of the roofs..."
Holy shite! Don't tell patywolf!
I humbly apologize for calling other posters stunted. Also for calling them twisted. I did not mean this in a moral sense, a spiritual sense, or a physical sense. I meant it in a purely humorous vein, although I admit it was not even faintly funny. Fortunately, admission was free.
Jan 17, 2012 5:48 PM
19The first that I am going to do when I get back to Guatemala (hopefully March) is ride on the roof of a chicken bus, these old bones are not stunted, though this stunt some may deem as twisted, but not as twisted as other things I have done in the past, in more my youthful days. Maybe I can get Busman and Chef to come along...
I never thought of putting my go pro on my head...
Mark, my moto lawsuit from the drunk harley guy running me off the road settled yesterday, glad that is over with.
Jan 17, 2012 5:56 PM
Jan 17, 2012 7:48 PM
Jan 18, 2012 3:37 AM
Jan 18, 2012 6:52 AM
Jan 18, 2012 7:31 AM
24While we were riding in a taxi from the Belize border to Flores in December, the driver pointed out a wrecked car that had been hit by a chicken bus the day before. Two people were killed, several injured. All of the taxi and shuttle drivers that we had in Belize and Guatemala over three weeks were careful and skilled drivers. We decided, no chicken buses.
Jan 18, 2012 7:36 AM
Jan 22, 2012 12:16 PM
26Man, I had so much fun riding in chicken buses, yeah they are dangerous and the drivers in Quishe are really insane, but my trio would have felt incomplete without riding one and shuttles don't have a large variety of routes to begin with. And yes, you can fit 5 people in one aisle in a chicken bus, I was a witness!!
Never got on the roof of a chicken bus, but I did sort of hang on to the wall half of me outside in the open air in a really cramped minibus over at Tactic. Luckily it was easy to stay on because the minibuses in that village drive insanely slowly. I've had far worse cases of almost flying off the door getting on overcramped microbuses in Mexico City.
I guess if someone really wanted to get on the roof of a chicken bus they could simply tell the driver assissant "I'll give you an extra 10 quetzales if you let me do this" and see what happens. As for chicken bus accidents, you could always take a look at guatemalan newspapers, they show 1 chicken bus blowing up with all of it's occupants deceased almost every day, probably the most reliable source of these grim statistics. Luckily I was never harmed during my trip but riding chicken buses is always a 50/50 shot of luck.
Jan 22, 2012 12:41 PM
27they show 1 chicken bus blowing up with all of it's occupants deceased almost every day
Oh come on, your anecdotes are entertaining, but cut the bullshit. The papers show no such thing and the odds in no way resemble 50/50. That's crazy talk.
On the bright side, sounds like someone got a hold of that sweet, sweet San Pedro green at some point on the trip... ;)
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