What’s a Tuk Tuk?

I sometimes forget that people outside of Guatemala read my blog, but obviously, there are some terms that people who have never been here might not understand. A commenter recently brought this to my attention, so I figured I would let you know what a tuk tuk is. These are not exclusive to Guatemala, I’ve seen photos of them in other countries, such as Thailand, as well.

This is a tuk tuk:

It’s a moto taxi with three wheels and a little seat in front for the driver. The handlebars are similar to a motorcycle. These are quick and easy transport around town when a full size taxi is too big. They’re very handy for getting around carpets during Semana Santa (Holy Week).

2 thoughts on “What’s a Tuk Tuk?

  1. Okay you had me until you said getting around carpets. So lost now.
    Never heard of Tuk Tuk before, they almost look like they fold up in the middle. Are they cheaper than a taxi?

    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

    • They are usually cheaper than a taxi, yes. I used to get one to take me across Antigua for less than a dollar. They are so light, you frequently see them by the side of the road, just tipped over on their side so they can change a tire, heh. The driver can just pop them back on the wheels when he’s done.

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