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Gran Juego de Pelota

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Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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The Maya Football court

On the ball court you can see how the mayan played a game that was a bit like modern football and basketball combind. In this game the point was to get a ball through a ring... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2014
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

On the ball court you can see how the mayan played a game that was a bit like modern football and basketball combind. In this game the point was to get a ball through a ring, several meters above the ground and you had to use your hip! Very impressing

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

The ball court at Chichen Itza is quite impressive. When you see the goals 21 feet up sticking out from a flat wall, you wonder how long these games were played (sometimes days!) even though it was won with the first score. Even more surprising is that the winning team's captain was beheaded in sacrifice which was looked at as... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Visited this in June this year. It's a must go if you are into history or architecture. Very, very interesting place.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

The fantastic show at Xcaret gives a clear impression of how this and other ball courts at othe Mayan ruins were used. Go early to avoid the crowds, our guide gave our small group a great insight into how the court was used. Have a good look at the amazing carvings round the sides of the court

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We went to xcaret 2 days later and my kids understood everything watching the amazing show at the end of the night.

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Largest ball court and it is impressive! You will not be disappointed if you are into the sports aspect of the Ancient Maya. I remember looking up and at the hoops of the grand ball court and asking the guide how many points they played to in order to win the game. He told me in a matter of fact... More 

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Reviewed 14 March 2014

huge area. The game sounds impossible. The carvings really indicate that there was a lot more to it than just a "game". Probably more like a formalize warfare with deadly consequences. But who knows????

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Eugene, OR
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

Our guide explained to us that when two people, standing on opposite ends of the ball court could hold a conversation without having to yell. Each end has a raised "temple" area. A whisper from one end can be heard clearly at the other end 500 feet away and through the length and breath of the court. The sound waves... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

What made this the best part of the visit to Chichen Itza was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and talked a lot about the architecture and geometry of the ball court, as well as the game and its cultural significance. Fascinating

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Best to stay close by the ruins and go early in the morning before the tour buses. This way you can see the ball court without people and try out the acoustics. Amazing.

Thank Katie F

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