A Colombian girl, covering herself from the sun, walks around the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia. A Colombian girl, covering herself from the sun, walks around the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia.
A bullfight bull, kept in a narrow corral, waits to be released into the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia. A bullfight bull, kept in a narrow corral, waits to be released into the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia.
Colombian amateur bullfighters taunt a bull in the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia. Colombian amateur bullfighters taunt a bull in the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia.
A Colombian woman prepares fried yuca dough rolls in front of the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia. A Colombian woman prepares fried yuca dough rolls in front of the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia.
A Colombian cowboy on a horse (garrochero) stabs a bull in the neck while being chased in the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia. A Colombian cowboy on a horse (garrochero) stabs a bull in the neck while being chased in the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia.
Colombian peasants, sitting on the bleachers, watch an amateur bullfight in the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia. Colombian peasants, sitting on the bleachers, watch an amateur bullfight in the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia.
Colombian street vendors, carrying cotton candy bags for sale, walk towards the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia. Colombian street vendors, carrying cotton candy bags for sale, walk towards the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia.
Colombian amateur bullfighters fight over money thrown by spectators into the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia. Colombian amateur bullfighters fight over money thrown by spectators into the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia.
A Colombian cowboy on a horse (garrochero) stabs a bull in the neck while being chased in the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia. A Colombian cowboy on a horse (garrochero) stabs a bull in the neck while being chased in the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia.
Young Colombian mothers walk around the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia. Young Colombian mothers walk around the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia.
Colombian amateur bullfighters wash off dust and sand from the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia. Colombian amateur bullfighters wash off dust and sand from the arena of Corralejas, a rural bullfighting festival held in Soplaviento, Colombia.

Corralejas, a bullfighting festival

Soplaviento, Bolívar, Colombia – December 2017

Every year during the dry season, villages and towns on the Caribbean coast of Colombia hold amateur bullfights, locally known as Corralejas. Families and people from all around meet on wooden bleachers of a temporarily built bullring to eat, drink and watch hundreds of amateur bullfighters risking their lives, taunting bulls, and showing their masculinity and courage in the arena. Unlike the corrida, the bulls in Corralejas are never killed.

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