On climbing to the top of the stairway, up from the creek, one enters the overflow area to the north of the court (top end of the "I"). This view is to the west - the court functions on a north-south axis, and is 70 metres in length. There are staircases at both the north and south ends. Above the stonework and below the treeline, the Altar of Sacrifices furnishes an orientation to the visitor. It is soon obvious that the court is sunken, and may flood at certain times during the year.
I would recommend that any intending visitor to Toniná read the Popol Vuh, available in English and quite inexpensive, and Book II especially, as background to visiting the site. This Ball Court is a most unique treasure in Mundo Maya.
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