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What you need to know about transportation In Panajachel?

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In this article Alain is going to write about transportation in Panajachel. Learn from his experience in his specific travels.

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The famous chicken bus is used to get from one town to another by road and this mode of transportation is well known across Central America. Sometimes it is loaded with enough people, that many have to stand up.

It is an extremely cheap mode of transportation. In my case it only cost two quetzales from one town to another by chicken bus. I did not see any chickens inside the bus, but I did see paintings of how the bus was suppose to be with chickens inside.

Tuc tucs are small little motorized vehicles with passengers usually in the back. It is used normally for transportation within the town. Sometimes they are used to travel to other towns, but not with frequency. Tuc tucs in Panajachel costs 5 quetzales.

Pick-up trucks (Camionetas) are used like the chicken bus from one town to another and is very common. The cost is 2 quetzales or 5 quetzales. It depends on how far you are going. I paid 5 quetzales to travel to another town about 15 minutes from Panajachel.

What you need to know about transportation In Panajachel?

Panajachel is very small and many things are walking distance. I lived near the downtown area, so I walked everyday and rarely used something like tuc tucs. Only when I needed to bring my luggage somewhere upon first arriving in the town.

Boats are used to travel across the lake to other towns around the beautiful Lago Atitlan. The boats cost 25 quetzales, but some people will usually try to get a person to pay 30 quetzales. In my opinion the extra 5 quetzales is pocketed by the person.

There are vehicles driven around town, but in my opinion not necessary. The roads are narrow and the population is about 5000 to 15000 people many places are walking distance. I think it has more to do with social status more than anything.

There are vehicles driven around town, but in my opinion not necessary. The roads are narrow and the population is about 5000 to 15000 people many places are walking distance. I think it has more to do with social status more than anything.