Salento, Colombia and the game of Tejo

Salento is a town that keeps popping up in blogs I’ve been reading and in suggested places to visit in Colombia. It’s located on a dead-end road off the Pan Am Highway and up a gorgeous valley in the Zona Cafetera, coffee country.
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We settle in to a campsite at La Serrana and spend a couple of days being lazy, only walking as far as town a mile up the road and back again each day. On Saturdays and Sundays there are food and craft tents set up in the town square and I shop for a bit with a girl we met at the hostel who happens to be from Spearfish, South Dakota, less than 20 miles from Sturgis. Such a small world.
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There’s a man passed out in front of the local licoeria, liquor store….makes me giggle.
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Lots of locals are out on the Calle Real on this Sunday afternoon. I stop to watch a man struggling down the street on crutches and count my many blessings.
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The dusty road to our camp provides the best views. Lots of locals are busy working their farms and hauling things to and from town.
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Each night the hostel has a bonfire and we meet lots of other travelers here. And our friends, a Swiss couple, who we’ve met a few times on the road arrive as well. We gather a group of people up one evening and walk into town to play the local game of Tejo. I’ve heard about it and am interested in seeing it and hopefully getting a chance to play.
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Think horseshoes…with explosives.
Players throw small steel domes across a 25 meter court toward a target on the other side in hopes of landing on and setting off a small explosive charge buried under the mud and they get points if it goes off.
You can imagine the fun you can have with that and some beer.

A good time was had by all.

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1 comment

  1. great stuff!!! keep it coming…It’s so enriching to get a chance to see different cultures, lifestyles etc…your journey is a field study in Anthropology!

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