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Gran Juego de Pelota

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Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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What a great playing field!

More sites at Chichen Itza than we had time to see on our tour, but we're going back, and it worth exploring!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Niteroi, RJ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Interesting site where the mayans played a game with balls (pelotas). The goal was a small circle and the balls weighted aprox.2 Kg. It was a mix of sport and ritual. The site has an interesting echo effect.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

More sites at Chichen Itza than we had time to see on our tour, but we're going back, and it worth exploring!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Whenever anyone asks me what it was like here, I always ask them 'have you seen idiot abroad?' (British tv show) because it is just as commercial as you see on there, and it really is annoying. Still, you have to look past that, it is a truly awe inspiring place. The history, the architecture, slight bit of magic with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're wandering around Chichen Itza, you'll see this eventually. It's amazing to think about how a centuries-old civilisation had the technology to build effectively the equivalent of a modern stadium, though unlike the Coliseum in Rome, this was for a peaceful competition.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excelent place, great architecture, makes you think how could they do this, what kinf of tecnology they have access to.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 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!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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 

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