|Ready to throw.|
Among things Colombian, tejo ranks right up there with chicha, beauty pageants, vallenato music and bandeja paisa.
You could call it Colombia's version of tossing horseshoes or bocce balls - but with a bang. In tejo, you throw an iron disk weighing up to several kilograms at a clay pit area. But the real excitement comes when slams onto one of the gunpowder-filled paper envelopes on the target area, which explodes with a satisfying bang!
In 2000, Colombia's Congress declared tejo to be the country's national sport. (Perhaps a wise move, since Colombia does so poorly at international futbol.)
While popular in Colombia, tejo's not likely to spread to other, more lawsuit-minded nations. Just imagine the ambulance-chasing lawyers salivating over the prospects of drunks tossing heavy blocks of metal.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours
|And my hand is almost big enough to palm a basketball!|
|The goal: hit one of these little gunpowder-filled envelopes!|
|This novice player got one of the envelopes, and plans a brilliant future in tejo.|
|Tejo playing is financed and lubricated by lots of cerveza.|
|The champion Bogota Bike Tours tejo team rolls homeward.|