There are several ways of transportation in Guatemala. Ours was a rental car we got in Cancun, Mexico. Welcome to the Caribbean! 🙂
I have to make a parenthesis here about this:
This was in the year 2010. Later, in 2018 we tried to do the same – we had already booked a place via airbnb, but we couldn’t make it there… At the Guatemalan border, the new regulations said that you had to own the car in order to cross. That was such an anti-touristic restriction! We had to cancel the place we booked and lost the money… If you want to do the same, make sure to check the latest regulations at the Guatemalan border!
Anyway, in 2010 we used the Mexican rental car and here is another very useful information:
Whether you go to Guatemala or to any other country it is a good idea to pay a little extra for the insurance. In our case that was a decision that saved us quite a bit of money. We had our rental car broken in and the cheep radio stolen. For a half of our trip we had to put plastic sheets in the rear windows to protect us from the draft… Hey, the fun of traveling 🙂
I didn’t keep photos of the car after the incident, but it happened right on this street below.
This is a nice and very touristic place by the way, with many historic authentic Guatemalan style hotels. But, you have to park on the street.
The rental car however, allowed us to go on many country roads and observe the Guatemalan life style. We always like to take the back roads and rarely drive on highways, unless it’s absolutely necessary 🙂 * Click on the pictures for a larger view!
Let’s continue the story and see the style of Guatemala transportation. One of the first things I saw on the back roads of Guatemala was this smiling rider transporting some merchandise with his two horses 🙂
But, like in other Latin American countries, public transportation is very common. They usually overload those old worn “camionetas” with people and everything else…
… And of course any time is good for taking a nap 🙂
In larger communities, Guatemalans use bigegr buses, and like all the other Latin Americans they love to decorate them. These photos below are from Santiago Guatemala, a city on Lake Atitlan.
They often use old US school buses and call them “Chicken Buses”
The Lake Atilan for instance with a surface area of 130.1 km2 (50.2 sq mi) is one of the most touristic places in Guatemala. The only way to visit anything however, is by water – there are very few roads. The only easily accessible towns by land in this area are Panajachel and Santiago Atitlan.
Most of the N. Americans go first to Panjachel, which is a very touristic town on the lake, with the view of the volcanoes. You can spend a whole vacation there and visit the beautiful area around.
The view of the water and great variety of boats on it is just fantastic. I couldn’t stop taking photos… Just take a look at a few of them posted here and tell me what you think 🙂 * You can see more in my Lake Atitlan gallery
This is what it looks like when you arrive on the other side:
I have seen and photographed some more interesting boat transportation instances in Guatemala, on lakes and rivers. They will most probably be the subject of posts to come, as it is literally not possible to insert them all here 🙂
But in the countryside of Guatemala, people transport things their way and here are some instances I found worth photographing:
A woman carrying a pot of water for her family:
Another woman was bringing cut wood (that she probably cut herself), home. That was on the side of the highway, where other fortunate people were driving trucks, buses and cars… * Yes, this is a woman!