The Chicken Bus Tour begins with an exciting start: a ride on the colorful and chaotic chicken bus, an experience you cannot skip when if you want to understand Guatemalan everyday life. After a short bus ride, you will arrive in Ciudad Vieja, one of the former capitals of Guatemala. Here you will visit two schools of the Niños de Guatemala: a primary school and a middle school.
After learning all about the schools, you’ll walk through Ciudad Vieja and visit workshops of the two principal industries here: chicken buses and coffin carpentry. Chicken buses are a common form of transportation in Guatemala. These former U.S. school buses are repaired, modified and decorated locally to fit to the needs of the Guatemalan bus companies. At the workshop, you’ll learn how the buses are transformed and the industry in general.
Coffin carpentry is a prominent and important part of life in Ciudad Vieja. At the workshop, you will meet Don Cesar who owns a family coffin-making business. Don Cesar will show you how the coffins are built and decorated according to Guatemalan tradition.
After these fun and educational visits you will return to Antigua by chicken bus. A good way to observe all that you have just learned about these Guatemalan buses in real life!