Chicken buses between Guatemala City and Flores?
Replies: 29 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2013 10:46 AM Last Post By: lencho4846
Mar 5, 2013 11:32 AM
Wondering if anyone has experience of getting chicken buses to Flores/Santa Elena from Guatemala City?
I know a lot of people do this via shuttle, but I am looking to travel this on the chicken buses.
Would love to hear from someone who has done this; to find out any possible changes en route--- or even suggestions of a good, cheap stopover locatioon.
Mar 5, 2013 11:42 AM
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Mar 5, 2013 1:48 PM
Mar 5, 2013 2:12 PM
6Of course it depends on how much time you have (you need time !) but this is what we did : Monja Blanca bus from Guatemala City to Biotopo del Quetzal, stayed 2 nights, chicken bus to Coban and Lanquin, bat cave and Semuc Champey (stayed in Lanquin for 2 nights). Then you could possibly go back to Coban and take a bus to Sajaxche and from there a bus to Santa Elena (Flores). But we went from Lanquin to Pajal, then Sebol and on to Raxhuja and from there to Sajaxche (it was an adventure... not sure if I would do it again, we did visit the Candelaria caves).
On the way back we went from Santa Elena to Sajaxche, then to Chisec for a few days. Then Coban, Uspantan, Nebaj...
Mar 5, 2013 3:48 PM
7If you want to go via Coban you could get a bus there from Guate, then get minibuses to Rio Dulce via El Estor, you will need to ask the taxi driver in Coban for minibuses that get to a place whose name I have forgotten where you can easily change and get a minibus to El Estor but they dont run directly to El Estor, and LP is rubbish on this journey, its a rough and lovely route and the minibuses arent air conditioned but there are no chicken buses. From Rio Dulce there are buses to Flores. Otherwise a longer route takes a bus from Guate to Barrios where you need to get a minibus to Dulce. I would strongly advise against travelling at night in Central America, its not something the locals do, unlike in South America
Mar 5, 2013 5:53 PM
Mar 5, 2013 7:18 PM
9sorry, RichardWeiss, but I have to say that they're some of the weirdest directions I've ever seen.
If you're going via Coban, why not just keep heading north via Sayaxche (unless you really want to take the admittedly scenic but seriously roundabout detour via El Estor)?
And why if you're going the other way would you go all the way to Puerto Barrios just to backtrack on your way to Rio Dulce when you can just get off at La Ruidosa junction and grab any passing bus from there?
Snufwok, can you tell us why it has to be a chicken bus? Is it to do it cheap? Or to have the "local experience"? Because the classic "chicken buses" are kind of rare in that part of the country - they're much more prevalent in the west and the highlands. In the center and east you're much more likely to end up in a cramped little minibus.
Mar 5, 2013 9:16 PM
10The proper way to do it would be to go out onto the highway and flag down a bus that is going in the direction you wish to go. Once aboard you can find out how far it is going and they'll tell you how and where to change buses. While not the most efficient way to travel it sounds like a truly interesting adventure. I´m sure you'll discover that people are on the whole quite friendly and helpful.
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Mar 23, 2013 10:32 AM
14Taking the overnight bus is really bad advice, unless of course you want to put your life at risk (sleepy driver, bandits who only work at night) while not seeing anything on your journey, I recommend to go via El Estor, bizarre claims this isnt a good route, doh, its one of the ebst journeys I know in Central America but not suggesting you go from El Estor to Dulce to Barrios, Barrios was the alternative route, please read my comments before being a know-it-all Some ppl here giving some really bad advice, sigh
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