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'Tejo' is a Colombian game that combines gun powder, heavy iron discs and beer


The rules of tejo are fairly simple:

1. Throw your iron disc/puck down the length of the lane towards the mound of clay on the other side
2. Combine luck and skill to try to score 1/3 of a point by making it on the board, 1 point by hitting the edge of the circle, and 2 points by making it inside the circle
3. Drink beer the whole time, and definitely after every throw

At some point during the game, various numbers were thrown around about how many total points you were playing to. But given that you got 2 points for getting your disc inside the circle, but you only got 1 point when your disc landed on a paper triangle filled with gun powder and made an extremely loud explosion, actually getting the most points didn't really seem that relevant to the success of the game.

There are around 10 different tejo clubs listed in Bogotá (we played at Club De Tejo La 76), and the clubs can be found throughout the country.

Tejo is native to Colombia, but is also played in neighboring countries like Venezuela and Ecuador. There are actually professional tejo teams in Colombia, but the practice is also common as more of a casual bar game.

The Best Sport - Tejo - Colombia Travel


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