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Liquor and Explosions in Colombia: A Night of Fun to Remember

Aguardiente is a strong anise-flavored liquor beloved by locals and as synonymous with social events as laughter that you are sure to encounter (or be offered!) during your time in the land of El Dorado.


Looking for some out-of-the-ordinary fun while in Colombia? Try combining alcohol and gun powder!

Aguardiente is a strong anise-flavored liquor beloved by locals and as synonymous with social events as laughter that you are sure to encounter (or be offered!) during your time in the land of El Dorado. If the intense flavor makes you pucker up, follow your sip with some water; other chasers are frowned upon. Also according to etiquette, if you are offered a small drink or shot, it is impolite to refuse. At the same time, you are not expected to immediately consume the "guaro" you are given. Be careful as this can quickly escalate into a rapidly repeating cycle!

What's more, Colombians often like to pair drinking with gaming. Particularly in the central areas such as the coffee producing countryside, one of the most popular games is tejo. Tejo fields are typically on dirt ground and anything but fancy. Rather, it is a down and dirty diversion enjoyed casually by friends with what seems like endless rounds of beers and aguardiente. Players are given a weighty metal puck and stand about 20 meters away from a metal ring called a bocin. The bocin is held in place and covered by thick clay. Four small paper packets filled with pinches of gunpowder are placed on the cardinal directions around the bocin, and the goal is to hit the packets with the pucks until boom!

The tejo field echoes with the explosive sounds of the gunpowder blast and all parties cheer. Playing tejo, especially while drinking aguardiente, truly takes talent



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