“Chivas, also known as "step buses, buses are typical of Colombia in craft adapted for rural public transport, especially considering the mountainous geography of the country They are characterized by colorful, predominantly yellow, blue and red colors of the national flag of Colombia .
La Chiva is built on a standard bus chassis, organizing broad rows of wooden benches, ranging from one side to another and which accommodate both people and animals, and baggage or goods. One side of the bus is closed ". In the back of the Chivas has a staircase leading to the upper deck with a grill that is used as hold baggage, and where we often find not only luggage, but also a wide variety of animals (pets and food) those traveling in this mode of transport, sometimes also used to carry extra passengers, but this behavior is sanctioned by the authorities as “overcrowded.”. One of the most important cultural events around the Chivas is that its owners or drivers assigned pet names and put them in conspicuos. Some examples of names that are placed on the Chivas are: “spoiled”, “The wandering”, “the faithful”, “my opponent”, “Kalima”, “Arabic”, among others.
Gradually, the Chivas have gone from being a public transport craft to a tourist attraction and every day more suited Chivas as tourist buses inColombia. (wikipedia)