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Southern Mexico's Volcanoes — Belt of Fire

The best views of both earth and sky often come from above. This is especially true in places dotted by high volcanoes, where one can remain standing on firm ground, yet be far above the surrounding land—and often atop the clouds. Steeped in history and lore, the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt offers visitors the chance to experience some of the most far-reaching and diverse views of land and skyward forms anywhere on the planet. While the range spans the entire width of Mexico, roughly along the 19th parallel, the chain's three highest peaks, Popocatépetl, Iztaccíhuatl, and El Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltépetl), command most visitors' interest and, due to their sheer height, some of the most stunning perspectives of the planet—to those who toil up their slopes, that is.

ED DARACK is an independent writer and photographer. Visit his Web site at

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