Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Life in Guatemala A to Z: Tuk Tuk

The tuk tuk is a "taxi" or basically a tiny car, or maybe a metal structure that holds a driver and a couple passengers set around a motorcycle motor? However it's built, it gets you around for Q5-- or about 65 cents per person, when you've got too far to walk.

My husband and I sold our cars when we moved to Guatemala. We walk everywhere now and love the freedom and improved health it provides. But when we purchase a few too many supplies at the Dispensa, it is nice to flag down one of the tuk tuk's for a quick ride home.


  1. Thank you for your A-Z visit Karen, very glad to make a return call- Guatemala is gorgeous, a good place to be a writer I think, even with little horrors like sand flies!
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  2. I like how the windows are painted with superheroes!

  3. I had never heard of a tuk tuk until we went to Guatemala. They were fun. And your new pic header reminds me so much of being there. It is one of the loveliest places we've ever been.

  4. I love that name, Tuk Tuk :) It's one of those names that fits the object it's naming!
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  5. How cool to live in a place that requires no cars. Love the name.

  6. Dear Karen, I like the simplicity of this mode of travel. Not as simple as walking, but the next best thing. And I'm wondering if a "Tuk Tuk" will be part of your next book! Peace.

  7. You not only moved out of the U.S.A. but also gave up the most American item of them all, you car.

  8. I love the new photo. What a beautiful shot of the volcano

  9. Oh this would be fun to be in one of those and they seem great actually. My friend used them when he was in Thailand

  10. Ha-ha. Loved seeing Tuk-tuks again. We called them that in Thailand, too. Hi....visiting from the A-Z.

  11. Those tuk-tuks are adorable! What a great idea to give up your car. I haven't owned a car in 20 years now. There are times when I really miss driving, but most of the time it's a relief not to have to deal with it. (Or pay for it.)

  12. I love superheroes too but they should really maximize visibility in those things. Tukvtuks may look all cute and friendly but they probably pack a wollop at high speed.