Guatemala #Chickenbus More Dangerous Than Ever

Armed robberies of “chicken buses” have increased dramatically in recent months throughout Guatemala. They have been robbed on the routes between Guatemala City and Antigua, Lake Atitlan and the both coastal highways. Antigua had no chicken bus service for two days this month after drivers went on strike to protest the lack of police protection. And of course, several chicken buses drive off a cliff or crash into another bus or vehicle every year.

Shuttles are far safer, though do occasionally get robbed. And shuttles don’t cost much more: from San Pedro to the capital, Q50 versus Q30. If you must take a bus, do not travel after dark, especially on the Pacific coast between Mexico and Salvador.

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More Rain on the Way in Guatemala

Another heavy thunderstorms is predicted for Thursday. Last night it began after dark and rained through the night. This is happening across the country, though earlier in the day in Antigua and the capital. Honduras and Chiapas, Mexico are also getting intense rainfall.

Where to Party at Lake Atitlan during Semana Santa

Semana Santa at Lake AtitlanSan Pedro and the rest of the lake is filled with travelers from Guatemala as well as from around the world, all here to celebrate Semana Santa. Look for parades, bands and “flower carpets” in the main part of town, such as el centro (up the hill) in San Pedro.

Across the lake, Circus Bar, Cafe Atlantis and Restaurante Casablanca have Semana Santa specials, with live entertainment at Circus Bar and Atlantis.

Parties, Bands, DJs in San Pedro

Lots of parties, too. Tonight there’s live music at Zoola and Alegre Pub. El Barrio Bar’s “Fiesta Latina” kicks off with a band tonight and features live music or a DJ through the rest of the week. Lots of action at the new Paul’s Gaff, too.

In the zona viva, people are partying in the street from noon until late. For something different, grab a liter of draft Gallo beer in front of Johanna’s Mini-Mercado.

If you are here for Easter Sunday, head over to Smokin’ Joes’ BBQ at the pool on the way to the Santiago dock.

Hospedaje Lolita in San Pedro la Laguna

Close to all the action but not a noisy hostel like many of them, Hospedaje Lolita has budget dorms and private rooms, free Wi-Fi and a view from the roof. Find out more at the Website below:

Hospedaje Lolita in San Pedro la Laguna

New Art Gallery in San Pedro la Laguna

Ventana Blue Art Gallery’s grand opening takes place from 4-6 PM today. In addition to exhibitions of Mayan and other art, Ventana Blue sells creative gifts and souvenirs, and provides tourism information. It’s near El Barrio Bar and Blue Parrot Bar and Grill on Seventh Avenue in San Pedro la Laguna.