Need assistance? Let's chat!

Colombia Travel Blog

By JL Pastor & See Colombia Travel

Aug 05

Ban the Chiva Party Buses? Has the World Gone Topsy-Turvy?

A chiva loaded with goods


There are some wild rumours flying around the place. And I´m not talking about just the usual ones circulating around this country, such as the ridiculous one about the reason why all the gents at the See Colombia Towers wear hats is because they´re going bald; or the completely baseless claims that I´m actually a hipster. Don´t people know that when I say I´m a hipster, I´m being totes ironic?


I´m talking in particular about the rumour that´s flying around about that Colombian institution, the Chiva.


It´s been said that the Colombian Government is planning to ban chivas.


¨Chivas¨, as well as referring to a whiskey that people who don´t know too much about scotch claim is the best, also signifies a traditional mode of transport here in Colombia. You can still see these brightly-coloured, windowless buses performing their original function of transporting (too many, some would say) locals within the bus, and piles of plantain, corn and other produce on the roof. However, a more modern manifestation of these timeless artworks on wheels can be found in the major cities, particularly Cartagena, where they transport party-goers around a city loop. I, for one, don´t really expect this ban to happen, as I think there would be too much opposition, but let´s look at the pros and cons of these buses.




WOOOOHOOOO!!! Having fun, guys?!?!!

WOOOOHOOOO!!! Having fun, guys?!?!!


To be perfectly honest, the thought of being trapped on one of these things while going around a loop, worrying more about spilling my drink than getting another one; or keeping my feet than trying to dance to music that you have to be in a rather specific mood to enjoy, sometimes doesn´t really sound all that appealing.

I think it really depends on who you do a chiva tour with. If you go with a whole bunch of good mates, it could be a hilarious amount of fun. However, if you´re stuck with a bunch of people you don´t know, who are spending their time talking about where you´re from or the places they´ve done; being stuck on a chiva could feel like a gaol on wheels.

Sure, the people on the chivas circulating the city always sound like they´re having a good time, what with their constant ¨woooohoooos,¨ but sometimes I feel like they feel obliged, after parting with their hard-earned to be stuck on a bus, to woohoo so wildly, to make it look like they are actually having a good time, when in fact they can´t wait to get off the damn thing and do something they really want to. Bah humbug!!!!



With the right crew,, you´ll be having this kind of fun at least.

With the right crew,, you´ll be having this amount of fun – at least!


Like we´ve said before, the chiva is a Colombian icon with a rich and colourful history. The buses themselves are generally turned out beautifully, and recognisably Colombian. Not only do they help support the local tourism industry (which we´re all about, btw), but they´re the sort of thing that´s fun to tell people about back home.

If you make a chiva ride part of a comprehensive party strategy for an entire night instead of a stand-alone event, and organise a group of like-minded party-goers, you´re setting yourself up for a memorable, and outrageously rowdy, night of frivolity. Although we don´t think this ban is going to happen, it´s a good idea to get in quick, and organise such a debaucherous night, you know, just in case…


So whaddyareckon? Is this alleged banning of chivas a travesty of epic proportions, or actually not that big a deal? We´re intrigued to hear what you think about it. The comments box is below, Gentle Blogger.

Thanks for visiting our Colombia Travel Blog. If you want to learn more about coming to Colombia please check out our Colombia tours. Remember you can CHAT WITH US at any time. Follow us on Twitter, and be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Related Posts

Brujitas San Cipriano
Riding the ‘Brujitas’ in San Cipriano

  I have travelled on some unusual modes of transportation over my man...

Que significa ser un colombiano? Estereotipos colombianos
7 caracteristicas tipicas de los colombianos

    Es muy difícil generalizar o intentar reunir las caracterís...

bogota view
Colombia’s Boyaca: It’s not Bogota

  In this post, I’m going to come out with an outrageous claim....

Journey to Colombia documentary by Luis Eduardo Villamizar
A Journey to Colombia: A Documentary

      The first and last time I was in Colombia, I was two a...

3 Comments on “Ban the Chiva Party Buses? Has the World Gone Topsy-Turvy?

Mil says:

There is some adult website making sex videos in Chiva now in Cartegena. I hope they did not be part of the reason for the ban. The party bus is always so much fun. Sad to see them go.

Posted on - Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Hola! Gracias por visitar nuestro blog de viajes, quizas te gustaria seguirnos también en nuestras redes sociales?