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7 Reasons Why You Should Play Tejo in Medellin

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If you are visiting Colombia, at some point during your trip you need to experience a game of tejo. While there aren't really any sports similar to this unique Colombian game, the closest one would be cornhole or bean bags.

The first difference between tejo and cornhole is that instead of throwing a soft bean bag, you throw a 1/2 pound to 4 pound piece of steel. Also, in cornhole you aim at a rectangular wooden board with a hole through it, but in tejo you throw at a square pit of clay with a small metal ring in the center.  While the objective is somewhat similar in that you try and throw your tejo or bean bag into a circle from a long distance, Colombian tejo has an explosive method of scoring.

The way to get the most points is to land the tejo in the center of the circle and make the gunpowder envelope explode!! That is called a “moñona,” which is worth 9 points. If you land it in the middle and they don't explode, that is called a “bocin,” and you would receive 6 points. On the top and bottom of the metal ring is a small envelope filled with gunpowder called a “mecha," with an exploded one being worth 3 points. And if no one hits any of the above, there is a 1 point closest-to-the-ring sympathy point.

Anytime an objective of a game is to make an explosion, you can imagine that a visiting a tejo court is a very exciting experience. Combine this with the fact that it is encouraged to drink beer and aguardiente, you are looking at one great time.

 
  1. It's an actual sport. You'll feel the burn in your arms from tossing a 1-2 kg stone from 10-18 meters away

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  2. You can drink as much or as little booze as you want while you play. Actually you may throw a little better after you are loose off a couple of shots of "aguardiente"

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  3. You get to blow $h!t up...who doesn't like throwing heavy stones at a clay pit full of dynamite?

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  4. The atmosphere is festive, as drinking beer or taking shots during the competition is encouraged, and players and spectators alike eat chorizos and pigs ears

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  5. You make new friends, a mix of both travelers and locals alike. As one player said, "Here, you make friends, drink some beer, enjoy the afternoon, get dirty with the clay and forget your problems for a day”

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  6. It's a true local experience. If you want to earn some respect from your "parceros," tell them you played tejo. Immersing yourself in local authentic experiences can teach you a lot about the people and culture of a place

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  7. It's Colombia's National Sport, which is  second only to fútbol

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If you like traveling like a local, making new friends, drinking beer while being active, and making things blow up...

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