After going to the wrong San Pedro. I made my way back towards Lake Atitlan. My first stop was Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (as referred to as Xela). Xela is a city in Guatemala’s western highlands that is set against a backdrop of volcanoes, including towering Santa María with its active Santiaguito lava dome. As the video shows, the city has plenty of hustle and bustle to it.
I thought I was heading to a town called San Marcos La Laguna, which is a little town right off Lake Atitlan. Unfortunately, the chicken bus driver misunderstood me and after a 5 hour bus ride I ended up in another San Marcos in Northern Guatemala, 12 hours from my intended destination.
If you are like me and like to save money while traveling, public transportation is the way to go. In Guatemala, you can literally take a "chicken bus" across the country for $2 USD. However, as seen in this video, it is not always the most comfortable experience. (Note: For those that don't understand Spanish, the guy speaking in the video is attempting to sell ginseng to the people around me. Everyone ignored him for 45 minutes before he finally gave up.)