Colombia’s ministry of transport may decide to ban colorful buses called “chivas” in a new plan for modernizing transport.
The folkloric chivas, which have long delighted tourists, are at risk of extinction due to new plans set out by the ministry of transport.
The colorful buses, which are often heard before they are seen, are regarded by some as a “party on wheels” with passengers playing music and even occasionally passing around a bottle of rum.
According to local press, many Colombians — particularly those whose lives are directly affected by the tourism trade, have been angered by the proposals.
Considering the recent government success of reducing unemployment, it seems strange that this measure is being considered. Reports from Colombian news groups claim that in Cartagena alone there are 21 Chivas that have created 60 directly linked jobs, not including the benefits to local musicians and performing artists.