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Gran Juego de Pelota

Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/bus tour
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Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/bus tour
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Navi Mumbai, India
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122 reviews 122 reviews
82 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

a ball court with some impressive carvings. awful game where the captain of one side gets beheaded after the game. well preserved and very large. some say the ball was a human head. get a good guide to explain and tell u stories about the whole site.

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Visalia, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

If you could only imagine the events that took place here. The amount of people that gathered to see this game and just think that you were standing there so many years after the final game.

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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Best Juego de Pelota I have seen in Mexico! And according to the information at the ruins it is the largest in Meso-America ... it is quite impressive to just sit and imagine the games during the day. I was told they have a virtual laser show sometimes at night that is super-cool ... too bad I did not get... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The huge Ball Court at Chichen Itza is the largest there is and, it's quite impressive! Over 500 feet long and more than 200 feet wide is must have been the super stadium of its day. It certain makes you wonder how teams of 7 players used the whole court. And, with such high "hoops" it's hard to imagine how... More 

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Chalmers, Indiana
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40 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I wonder how our athletic fields of today would be viewed if left alone for hundreds of years. We do not understand the game involved with this athletic field. We do not understand why there were such grave consequences for the losing team. The losing team was put to death. But we stood in awe of this grand athletic playing... More 

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Gorey, Ireland
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127 reviews 127 reviews
63 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This ball court is just stunning. Fun to hear the acoustics - always a crowd chanting or clapping at the far end. We take sport seriously now, but this was really life or death. Every game ended 1-0. One score and it's over. It seems an extraordinarily difficult game to play as well. Glad my life didn't depend on it!

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Hamilton, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

please if your a basketball fan like i am, i would please recommend to visit this destination. the net was about 20 feet high very tall.

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It's a magical experience. An amazing walk directly into history. Brings home the aspirations and experiences of these amazing athletes who played for life and death.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

With a little imagination it is not hard to travel back in time and imagine what a spectacle the ball games must have been.

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New Hampshire
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101 reviews 101 reviews
42 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is just one of the interesting places you will experience during your visit. Interesting the number of stories and explaination on the game, how it was played and what happened to the winnners and losers. I guess different tour guides have read from different books. Not sure how they got that ball through that small hole, but they were... More 

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