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Gran Juego de Pelota

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Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Football is for wimps!!

The guide gave us a fascinating insight in to the Mayan version of a ball game - although the losers having their heads lopped off was a bit much! Football today.... easy peasy!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Slough, United Kingdom
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Slough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guide gave us a fascinating insight in to the Mayan version of a ball game - although the losers having their heads lopped off was a bit much! Football today.... easy peasy!

Thank lisealleyne
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an interested way to play the ball You might think is an actual game It's a ritual with lots loose

Thank Jenn C
Niteroi, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 367 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

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.

Thank Htsuji
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

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

Thank we2luv2travelglobal
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 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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Southport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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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Reviewed 3 March 2017

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

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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!

Thank Linsey H
San Antonio, Texas
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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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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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