The game consists of throwing a metal disc, called a tejo, across an alley to a one meter by one meter board covered with clay and set at a forty-five-degree angle.

Inside the frame, there is a metal pipe or car spring strong enough to withstand the continuing impacts of the tejo. This pipe is the target where the tejo is meant to hit. The target is surrounded by exploding targets that contain gunpowder, commonly known as “mechas” – where on impact with the tejo explode loudly like a shotgun.

The rules are simple:

  • 1 point: Whoever gets closest to the ring, and stays close to it.
  • 3 points: Whoever explodes a "mecha".
  • 6 points: Whoever gets inside of the middle.
  • 9 points: Whoever explodes a "mecha", and lands in the middle.

The first team to 21 wins - which it turns out, is a lot harder than it looks!

Tejo Colombia
Tejo Colombia

We played the game whilst in Salento at Cancha De Tejo Los Amigos.

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