I had seen the Chiva buses drive past many years ago when I was in a Latin American country and it looked like great fun. In addition, on my Latin friends raved about how much fun they are. So my expectations were high when we took a Chiva bus in Cartagena, Columbia.
We were told it was going to be a three hour experience and that was correct. However, only about 45 minutes of that was spent on the bus. We guess that was so they could save on giving us rum and coke. In addition, the buses were so crowded we could barely move. I was under the impression that we would be able to dance but there was none of that on these buses.
For about an hour they took us to the historic wall and we danced around a little and watched a lady in a colorful dress with food on her head dance around as well. That was kind of fun but I expected to enjoy more fun on the Chiva bus.
Then after a short drive on the bus we stopped at a disco where they played loud music and some of the young people danced.
Overall, it wasn't a great experience. In the future I will look for a Chiva bus with a space in the middle where people can dance and really enjoy the bus ride rather than getting dropped off at the wall and the disco.
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