Life in Colombia is quite colorful- they’ve got colorful houses, chairs on the main village square and also huge trucks of terrain type vehicles which are called chivas and are designed to transport people, large amounts of food and some animals (tied chickens under your feet for example :0 ) on unpaved roads that lead to remote farms and places far away from the village or to another village passing extensive rural zone. The truck roof is basically used for big bags full of coffee beans, bananas, plantains or people that just could not fit – let’s say sitting area under the roof.
Chivas decoration is basically combination of lines and circles combined with colors that create powerful geometrical and visual impact. It requieres a lot of time to decorate such a big truck!
In some villages such as Jardín (Antioquia) you can also find tourist chiva-you can have hop on and go around village, kind of sightseeing buses as in London or Madrid or wherever in the world. In the night, you can probably hop on the same chiva but there is a BIG difference. It is night and that’s a time for party. I find it very funny partying in chivas while listening to loud Colombian music and drinking pretty strong spirit aguardiente.
Chivas are national cultural heritage of Colombia.