Posted by: sucasacolombia | 07/08/2010

Feria de las Flores, Day Two: Chiva Parade

We are in the middle of the Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival) Medellin’s biggest annual festival, and one of the most popular in all of Colombia. Everyday we’ll be bringing you multiple blogs and videos about the events we’re attending, such as concerts, parades and exhibitions. Viva la Feria!

Immediately after the pet parade we walked over to Cerro Nutibara (a hill in the middle of Medellín) to catch the procession of chiva buses beginning their journey through the city.  A chiva is very colorful bus, made to transport large amounts of passengers, luggage and cargo through the winding Andean roads.  As modern buses and other forms of transportation have become more common, many chivas are now used as party buses, complete with dance floors and a vallenato band on board.

On the day of the parade there must have been at least 50 chivas decorated with flowers and packed with jovial cheering and dancing passengers.  Here are some of our favorites:

Click here to see more photos of the Chiva Parade

Check out our Picasa albums to see our Feria de las Flores gallery as well as pictures from our other adventures in Colombia.  We’ll write about experiences after the craziness of the fair is over.

Read more about Feria de las Flores here.



  1. Great photos! You two look like awesome hosts, how much is it going to cost Nicole and I to come down…for a year?

    • Hmmm, if we factor in conversion rate, taxes, and frequency discount, we’re looking at about…3 cents American. Get your butts over here!

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