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Masaya - The colourful world of the Nicaraguan chicken buses

To be correct: chicken buses aren’t found only in Nicaragua.
Especially in Central America a lot of passenger traffic happens with the ‘chicken bus’.
When I first heard the term, I thought of course, of the transport of chickens and other animals. However, it has nothing to do with it.

Retired American school busses started a new life in Central America and a much more colourful life than their uniform yellow one in the US.
These buses act as public transport between cities and villages throughout the country.

In Nicaragua there are also minibuses that run between the cities.
But the larger chicken buses have a rack above your head so you don’t have to pay extra for your luggage.
Moreover, the lack of comfort was amply compensated by the colourful life on board and the opportunities to meet people.

Since most Nicaraguans live in the western part of their country and that part is also the most visited, the distances between the cities are not really big.
To be honest, the rides weren’t really uncomfortable.

But compared to the good quality of budget hotels and restaurants in Nicaragua, transport was a bit surprising and a bit adventurous.

I hereby randomly selected which would be the main photo.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4442 W: 17 N: 10469] (42811)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2018-03-28
  • Categories: Transportes
  • Exposição: 1/21 segundos
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2018-08-07 12:47
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