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Tejo - Other Activity San Agustín - Colombia

After going through the stands of the market on a lazy Sunday, you might find yourself staring at a sign that reads “Cancha de Tejo El Recreo.” Through the courtyard of the rough, tin-roofed cancha, you’ll find men in various stages of drunkenness throwing a 1.125-kilo (2.5-pound) lead weight at an upright, clay-bedded board 18 meters (59 feet) down court.

Tejo is a popular sport in Southern and Eastern Colombia, often played for a set price that includes a beer. Men and women play in different courts (women’s courts are smaller), where you sip on your beer waiting for your turn to throw the weight as hard as you can. In other places, though, the target is called a bocín, which has small packets of gun powder attached to it; the object is to explode these. It seems the resourceful citizens of San Agustín have found a new use for the landmines that were laid in the backcountry during the Civil War. (No fear, though—the shrapnel has been taken out.)


Cancha de Tejo El Recreo

Calle 2, 9-40

San Agustín, Colombia

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Price Description:

$2 per game

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Sunday afternoons

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

A sense of adventure, a good eye and pitching arm.

For the sporting types, there’s hiking, rafting, rappelling and horseback riding to enjoy in the San Agustín area.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

Here are other activities in and around San Agustín that may be of interest: Piscina Municipal Las Moyas and Shamanic and Ecological Association of Colombia.

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