Thursday, April 9, 2009

Traffic Jams Leaving Guatemala City

The beginning of the Easter Holiday was marked by traffic jams as thousands of families leave Guatemala City and head for traditional summer vacation spots such as Puerto de San José and Itzapa in Escuintla, Rio Dulce, Puerto Barrios, and Livingston in Izabal.

By midday yesterday (Wednesday) 5,500 cars passed the tolls on the Palin-Esquintla highway. By Wednesday night that number was expected to exceed 30,000 vehicles.

Because of the traffic jams, vendors set up shop every 500 meters along the highway to sell bottled water, candy, and soft drinks.

The traffic jams will begin all over again on Sunday April 12th as vacationers returns to the city.

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