Guinea pig races, Colombia

Guinea Pig Races - Photo © Jay Reed

Brits bet on horses, Americans bet on dogs and Colombians bet on… guinea pigs? Yes you did read that right.

Twenty upturned buckets, three clueless guinea pigs, an over-zealous commentator and crowds looking to make a peso or two on their lunch-break: together they make one of the capital Bogota’s quirkiest sights.

Place your pesos on top of the bucket you think or hope the guinea pig will choose and wait patiently while the little creatures scuttle their way across the pavements of Bogota. It’s little faster than snail racing – but far cuter than horse racing.

Written by - Photo by Jay Reed

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