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Gran Juego de Pelota

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Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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The biggest ball court of them all

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Wish there would be some locals imitating the game of the Mayas while we watch this magnificent place. A must see!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Another impressive place in the Chichen Itza area. This huge area give us an idea how they play ball here, the architecture is amazing as well. This historic area left to us, is a reminder of what a smart civilization they were.

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