Solento - Games with gun powder

Trip Start Apr 09, 2013
Trip End Mar 15, 2014

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Flag of Colombia  , Quindio Department,
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Next stop was salento which is a small town just south of Menizales (one of the major coffee plantation regions). We stayed at a rather basic hostel which was pretty much a a wooden shack with a tin roof but it did have rustic charm too. We decided against doing another coffee plantation tour for fear that it would be worse than the last one in Boquete. Instead we got up really early, donned our best waterproof clothing because it was bucketing it down, and took a jeep to the Valley of Cococura. This hike really tested the stability and durability of our walking boots. Despite wearing in our boots well, Steph still ended up on her bum after trying to climb a big rock that moved in the mud. Two hours later we arrived at Acaime, a hummingbird sanctuary where we were treated to hot chocolate/coffee whilst we watched hummingbirds buzz around us. After our little rest break we continued upwards to the mountain where you can look down and see the unusual, ridiculously tall palm trees nested in the fields. Unfortunately due to low clouds (or high mountains) we were only able to see them on our way down as at the top it was rather foggy.

Back in Salento we decided to try our hands at the local game of Tejo (pronounced tey-ho). This game involves two teams, standing at opposite ends of the room, basically throwing heavy, round metal objects at a board of clay which has a metal ring embedded in it (whilst drinking heavily).To make it even more exciting paper triangles of gunpowder are placed on the metal ring so there is an explosion when you hit it which sounds like a gun is being shot. Probably wouldn't get past health and safety in the UK! See Video as it explains it better, however there is no bang on that one! For the record Steph beat Liam 100-0 even though she was playing left handed after hurting her shoulder earlier in the day. Who knows how good she would have been if she had been at full strength.....?!

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