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Gran Juego de Pelota

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Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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USD 115.00*
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6 pound balls

That they vulcanized themselves, hit with their elbows and knees, and the winners were killed as pleasing sacrifices to the gods. Sweet.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 January 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

That they vulcanized themselves, hit with their elbows and knees, and the winners were killed as pleasing sacrifices to the gods. Sweet.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

The most impressive ball court I have seen. The one in Monte Alban and Palenque were much smaller but this one is amazing in size, architecture and acoustics. You have to be there to clap your hands to hear the echoes or speak and hear someone 100m away!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

Knowing a little about the ancient Mayans and their culture - and this ball court, I was half expecting it, but not knowing it was this amazing. It almost took my focus from the great pyramid itself. We were there a couple of times, first as part of a group during the day, and then early in the morning and... More 

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Merida, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

There are several Ball Courts at Chichen Itza and the vary in size. The main court is the largest. It is and enteresting sport kind of like basketball with only two vertical rings high on eather side of a field with sloping limestone sides. One must use their hips, knees, feet and other parts of their body to bounce the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

It was amazing to be on either extreme of the court and still be able to hear what the other person is saying, how did they do that? it is very impressive site to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Make sure you have a guide and go to the Ball Court! Fascinating! All the amazing little facts about their game, a combination of soccer, basketball and hockey. The mayans were short people, and the goal is 20 feet up. But I think it is interesting that the captain of the WINNING team was the person that was sacrificed to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

Very interesting to see and ponder the reality of such a game. Most of what is said about the Ball Game is still a lot of speculation but gets you thinking!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

This area is impressive. The light catches the ball court and the shadows fall really neat. The size of this area is massive. You could easily spend an hour in there alone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

, a must is walk fast after the guide finish so you can see the cenote Sagrado, the palace of the 1000 stones, and in the other side of the park, the observatory, the house of the nuns etc.. It's worthy the trip!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

the ball court is a truly amazing experience ,you can only imagine how this would have looked and felt with the full majesty of the Mayans on show. The acoustics are phenomenal. Afl due to the concave design of the walls ,sadly the winner of the game was rewarded by having their head cut off and paraded by family members... More 

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