Jinotega, Nicaragua, July 3, 2007 - A bus driver stands in front of his typical Central American bus. The bus is decorated with streamers and the name of the family who drives the bus, Los Blandónes.
These type of buses are commonly referred to by English speaking travelers as "chicken buses". A chicken bus (Spanish: "camioneta") is a colloquial English name for a colorful modified and decorated US school bus and transit bus that transports goods and people between Central American communities. The word "chicken" refers to the fact that people in rural communities regularly transport live animals on such buses.