The volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl ("Popo" and "Izta") are between Mexico City and Puebla.
I saw them only from a distance on the west side. Early one morning, I left Mexico City in order ot see them more
closely. I took a bus to the village of Amecameca. Amecameca is west of the volcanoes and is at 7,500 feet.
I got there just before sunrise on November 1, 2001, as I recall. It was fairly chilly until the sun came up.
I have always had a fascination with volcanoes. I hoped Amecameca was my chance to see one up close. Amecameca
lies in Popo's "danger zone." Popo had a minor eruption just a few weeks after my visit. Unfortunately for me,
nothing happened while I was there, and I only got a brief glimpse of Popo. Itza was a bit clearer, but much more distant.

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