Sapo – perhaps the best outdoor game for the summer!

Sapo game

A well used version of Sapo

Sapo is perhaps the best outdoor game never played outside of South America and that is a great shame! 

Invented in Peru (although claimed by other countries) it is simple to play and tremendous fun – the basics of the game is to fling heavy brass coins at the ‘Sapo’ or big brass frog on the top of the board, the coin travels either through the mouth of the frog or through various surrounding holes which travel down to slots underneath with corresponding scores.

With me so far? It’s a bit like darts without having to do subtraction calculations, but like darts and bowling you can drink heavily and still compete at championship level.sapo game

There is an apparent history to the game too – it apparently evolved from members of the royal Inca family and their court throwing gold pieces into the lake. Frogs were known for their magical powers, and the players hoped to attract one’s attention. These Incas believed that if a frog came to the surface and took a gold piece in its mouth, the player would be instantly awarded a wish and the frog would turn into solid gold. Now I don’t really believe all that but either way its a good legend to have.

If you want to give it a go, lend your support in the COMMENTS section below and your wishes may come true…

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6 responses to “Sapo – perhaps the best outdoor game for the summer!

  1. In Colombia we call it “Rana”. Although apparently it was invented in Peru -which I didn’t know! This game is more popular in Colombia.

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      I’m colombian and I have done a lot of research on this game and it did originate in peru but I have been playing this game since I was a little boy. who cares I patented this game here in the USA and want all people to enjoy!!! http://www.sapo-usa.com
      become a fan on facebook for a chance to win your own sapo!!

  2. I agree Andrea! I think is most popular in Colombia, and the real name is RANA, jeje :D

  3. Why is it that neighboring countries ALWAYS want to claim something that it’s not theirs. For example, CEBICHE is originally from Lima, Peru! Pisco is Peruvian and so is SAPO! It is not MORE popular in Colombia!

  4. I’m colombian and I have done a lot of research on this game and it did originate in peru but I have been playing this game since I was a little boy. who cares I patented this game here in the USA and want all people to enjoy!!! http://www.sapo-usa.com
    become a fan on facebook for a chance to win your own sapo!!

  5. Has anybody got an idea of the official rules?

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