This Ain’t No Chicken Bus

We survived our first long bus ride.  We plan on taking chicken buses most of the way through Latin America.  If you have never heard of chicken busses, they are the most inexpensive way to get through most of Latin America,  They basically look like old school busses painted with various bright colors with racks on top for luggage.  Nothing fancy, but it only costs $4 for a 4 hour bus ride.

Bus Trip 3

Bus Trip 4

Before leaving Ixtapa, we asked around at our favorite local restaurant and another local about the busses.  Before we knew it, we were at the bus station buying tickets on a Futura Bus from Zihuatanejo to Acapulco.  It only cost us 182 pesos each which with the exchange rate of 11.2 pesos to $1 it was $16.25 each.  Not bad for an air conditioned bus ride with assigned seats and 2 American movies with Spanish overdubbed.

bus trip

On the ride, there were some tight twists and turns and a couple of moments that made me queezy, but overall it was pretty good.  We made it in 4 hours and got to see some beautiful scenery along the way.   We saw some waves in a little town called Papanoa and no one out.  **Note to self, next trip, stay and surf Papanoa.

Bus Trip 2

The bus ride got even better when the driver started rocking out to “I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it.”  And that was just the beginning.  In between some Spanish songs I couldn’t understand, his playlist included:

  • “This Thing Called Love” by Queen
  • “Amadeus”
  • “Eye Of The Tiger”
  • “Low Rider”
  • “La Grange” by ZZ Top

Bus Trip 5


Off to the playa, hasta luego!