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Mayan Ball Court

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Part of the Copan ruins tour

This is part of the overall Copan ruins tour. Completely excavated with many statues and hieroglyphics. What an amazing culture.

Reviewed 5 March 2017
New Port Richey, Florida
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New Port Richey, Florida
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is part of the overall Copan ruins tour. Completely excavated with many statues and hieroglyphics. What an amazing culture.

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Reviewed 10 February 2017

Everyone interested in Mayan civilization has read about the Mayan Ball Courts and how the head of the loser/winner/player/someone was cut off at the end of the game. What is surprising at Copan, is how small the ball court actually was. It was a very narrow playing field with bleachers on either side. Seeing it in person was much better... More 

Thank kbyoga
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

This area of the Ruinas has been completely restored and looks polished and smooth as a result, but it's still a highlight of the entire park complex, just left of the temple staircase being renovated, you can climb to the top of the ball court, but only by accessing it from an adjoining temple.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Not just the ball court but the whole ruins are good, a short walk from town down a well kept path, the entry fee is a lot, but there's not much else to do in Copan, we got to go down the tunnels for no extra but i wouldn't have paid to, then another short walk to the septula which... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

After visiting many ruins along central america the most distinguished feature of Copan in the creativity and design of cravings. Its a very interesting place to visit, we did walking and it was a very well spent day. Take water may be very hot.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Mayan ball courts were the site of great games--with the losers often losing their heads. It's fun to imagine how they had to use hips, heads, and other body parts except for hands and feet to make the ball hit the goals on slanting - sided courts. Here the goals were macaw heads and the court is right in the... More 

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Sleepy Hollow, New York
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

The ball courts are only a small part of the ruins and structures at Copan, but this guide does not have a rating sheet for the overall site which is one of the best and most extensive, ranking with Tikal and Quiriga. While both Copan and Quiriga are time consuming to access they are a must for those interested in... More 

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Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Many of the Mayan ball courts are larger, and this one too is nice to see. The sculptures above are unique and it would be nice if there were more information in Spanish and in English for those who enjoy more historical background. I spent only a moment walking through as with most of the ruins in Copán, it is... More 

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Lebanon, Ohio
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Reviewed 10 March 2016

the ball court was built long ago; the game was played with a heavy ball maybe up to 20 pounds; the players could not touch the ball. this was a religious place and the ruins show the play area as well as the spectator zones

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McMinnville, United States
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Reviewed 9 March 2016

This was their version of soccer and played in front of large groups at the foot of the Hieroglyphic Stairway. The game was played on an open field between two side ramps and scoring rings on each side of the field. Today's players would not want to win with the same rewards they played with. The Captain of the winning... More 

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