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Old Jan 18, 19, 9:36 am
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Mexico places and photographs of note

I came across this photograph by Victor Castañon of Popocatépetl volcano as seen from its neighbor volcano, Ixtaccíhuatl. Yes, they’re snowcapped year ‘round. Unfortunately, Popo no longer has glaciers, and Ixta’s are greatly diminished, in this century.

Popocatépetl: 5,426 m / 17,802 ft, “El Popo” is 70 km / 43 mi southeast
(second highest peak in Mexico, after Citlaltépetl (Pico de Orizaba) at 5,636 m / 18,491 ft - active, has caused seismic activity and last erupted 20 Dec 2018, a minor eruption. Name means “smoking mountain” in Nahuatl.)

Ixtaccihuatl: 5,230 m / 17,160 ft, 70 km / 43 mi southeast of CDMX (third highest peak in Mexico, dormant. Name means “sleeping woman” in Nahuatl.)

(On clear days they can be seen from CDMX and from my home town Cuernavaca. At sunrise from my home we could see “El Popo” as depicted in the second photograph. Cuernavaca, derived from Cuauhnahuac, “by the trees” in Nahuatl, nothing to do with horns of the cow or any Spanish name at all.)
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Old Jan 18, 19, 9:45 am
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Tepotzlán, with El Tepozteco in the background. 18 km / 11 miles east of Cuernavaca, Tepotzlán is a lovely colonial style village inhabited by native people, some of who still speak Nahuatl and adhere to traditional practices, and by weekend home owners from CDMX.

El Tepozteco is claimable by able bodied people as a steep hike. There is an atprchseological site at the top that was built to honor a god in the Nahuatl - Aztec pantheon, Tepoztecatl, god of pulque, an undistilled fermented beverage made from Agave century plants. (The Spaniards brought the Arab-invented still, and instead of pulque, invented and distilled tequila and mezcal.) The view from the top of El Tepozteco is spectacular. There are very good lodgings and restaurants in Tepoztlán. (The name is Nahuatl and means “place of abundant copper”.)
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