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Gran Juego de Pelota

Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #4 of 14 Attractions in Chichen Itza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/bus tour
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/bus tour
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Gorey, Ireland
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118 reviews 118 reviews
57 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
37 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Helsinki, Finland
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Take your time exploring this field. It is really huge. I have seen a couple of other pelota-fields. Another one that is well preserved is in northern Honduras, but it's a bit smaller. Some of the reliefs are in amazing shape, acoustics works and the rings are still there. Read Popol Wuh for more.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It is important to say that these ball courts are amazing but are a part of the whole attraction that is Chichen Itza - specifically that means you can only visit it if you buy an entrance ticket to the whole thing. To visit the ball court was an amazing experience and the acoustics of the place are awesome -... More 

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Dufftown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I still wonder at this place how they played with a 5kg rubber ball and managed to get it through a stone ring. The measurements of the ball court are all calculated in astronomical details. Mind-bogling

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Carved into the side of the Ball court is the story and rules of the game your guide will likely tell you of the great pride the players felt and the great honour it was to win. They will then direct you to a carving of the winning captain being beheaded to be sacrificed to the gods. The courts are... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The atmosphere in the courts is fantastic. The main court is the most impressive and wonderful to walk through.

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