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Gran Juego de Pelota

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Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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It is amazing to take in the history of the high stakes games that were played here! I was shocked how small the hoop was! Interesting to walk the grounds on an area that has such... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is amazing to take in the history of the high stakes games that were played here! I was shocked how small the hoop was! Interesting to walk the grounds on an area that has such a storied past!

Thank Linsey H
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Chichen Itza recently and viewed the great pyramid and the nearby Gran Juego de Pelota, (Ball court). It was amazing, especially when you imagine what happened here so many hundreds of years ago. There are several images on the walls here that depict what happened to the winners or losers, strictly looking at it from the Mayan point... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

This is the biggest ball court of them all, I have no idea how they played this game with the rubber ball but it looks like it would have been exhausting. Take some photos, move on look at the rest of the site. It is located in the main Chichen area and easy to find.

Thank ManchesterTonytiger
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

The Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza is huge and it is indeed amazing how the Mayas managed to play the game without using their hands or feet. The design and architecture is great. They could improve the lighting during the night as it gets very dark and you can hardly see anything after sunset.

Thank Sushar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

According to some maps of Chichen Itza there are at least 5 pelota courts at the site but this one is called the Great Ball Court because it is really great. The structure is immense. Its grandeur is really impressive especially if compared with pelota courts of the nearby sites of Coba and Ek Balam. Both side platforms of the... More 

Thank Ron S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Nice place to see if you are in the city of Cancun and your family is always nice and you are ready to walk around the park with the others

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Just imagine that you are playing football and got executed, if you lose it. Not funny, huh? :)) impressive place with all those stories and ancient rings on the walls.

Thank zurabparjiani
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Canadian James Naismith, inventor of basketball, probably went to Chichen Itza and saw the rules here. However, in full accordance with the norms of the enlightened nineteenth century, made the game more humane. Naismith that allowed the ball. The Maya could only play the knees, elbows and hips. They didn't read Darwin and Engels and did not know that the... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Decent site...gave us a perspective of the Mayan culture. Our guide was really knowledgeable and gave us an explanation about some of the rules of the game. Death was just one point away!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

How did they manage to pass a ball in the loops with their hips beats me. Probably the referee within their small huts could have answered. Truly the most amazing playing field ever constructed.

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