The Gran Chiva


Chiva, Spanish


1. Female Goat

2. Rustic, wooden bus. Typically painted in bright colors. Traditionally used to transport produce, animals, and people throughout rural areas in Colombia. 

3. Fiesta on wheels. Party bus. City lights. Pounding drums. Bottomless rum in little plastic cups. Colombian mΓΊsica. Cheering at strangers on the street. Dancing while sitting on a wooden bench. Mas, mas, mas! Discoteca. Neon green wrist bands. Aguardiente. Mas ron. Fog machine. This was no middle school dance; everyone shakes it. Most fun I've had in Colombia yet. Found out I was still home by 10:30 PM. Chiva or not, I will still only ever be described as a party animal sarcastically. 

Where // Book a seat with a Chiva tour company in Cartagena, Bogota, Medellin, Cali, or Pereira. It's even caught on in New York City

How Much // Approximately 35,000 COP (approx. $12 USD) a person.

What to Bring // Dancing shoes, a sweater, water, and sweet moves. 


Ashley Peak

Teacher & traveler seeking bright sides and adventures. I recently left my position as a Title 1 middle school teacher in Spokane, WA for a position in Manizales, Colombia teaching English and Geography at a bilingual private school. I'm passionate about education in action, the power of literature, and traveling the world. Optimism Rampage is a place for me to reflect on the adventure. β€œStuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. see the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that . Shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.” -Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451