|El Portal de la Chicha, with protest signs.|
Chicha has survived centuries of time and lots of opposition - including even deadly street battles against beer and liquor sellers. Today, commercially-made beer and whiskey have cut into chicha's market share, but the drink is still consumed in small bars all over the city - and particularly those along La Candelaria's cobblestone Callejon del Embudo, where university students crowd the small, dark chicha bars until late at night.
|A mural goes up in el Callejon del Embudo.|
But the bar owners are organizing to defend this most Bogotan of Bogotá drinks.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogota Bike Tours