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(March 20-25, 2007)

Nelson Gonçalves

Hole Number 4

Roberto Gómez Torres

Xinantécatl Volcano (Nevado de Toluca)

Estado de México State, México

March 24, 2007 - 14:36 Local Time

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© 2007 Roberto Gómez Torres, All Rights Reserved.


The Atmosphere Theme

For the first World Wide Panorama Event of 2007 I decided to climb over 4,000 meters height above sea level and set the lens of my camera just where you can touch the clouds. A place where our atmosphere plays with the elements and pass all the time changing part of the water into vapor, rain, hailstones, ice or snow all year long.

The Place

The Xinantécatl volcano, best known as the Toluca's Snow Peak (Nevado de Toluca in Spanish) is the 4th highest volcano in México and it reaches a height of 4,558 meters over the see level. It is located at 45 kilometers from Toluca City, capital of the Estado de México State and is 135 kilometers from the center of Mexico City, about one hour and a half trip by car.

The enormous and majestic Toluca´s Snow Peak is the only one in the world that allows you to reach its crater all the way by car. Once in the peak you will find two beautiful lagoons known as the Sun and the Moon. Inside them many archeological findings have been made related to sacred ceremonies made by the prehispanic people at that place.

The around the volcano was named a National Park in 1937 and today has an area of 51,000 hectares, one of the most attractive and visited parks in the country.

The Panorama

In this panorama you can see the Sun's lagoon just in the middle of the crater of this big volcano now asleep, also you can admire the walls of the huge crater and catch the clouds going up and down at the will of the wind. Somehow strange this time the Toluca's Snow Peak shows itself without snow. At the distance you can find some parked cars showing how far you can reach without going out of the transport and having to walk.

Hope you like the view !!!


El Tema: Atmósfera

Para este primer evento mundial de Panoramas Virtuales del 2007 decidí subir a mas de 4,000 metros de altura sobre el nivel del mar y ubicar el lente de mi cámara justo donde las nubes pueden tocarse. Un lugar donde nuestra atmósfera juega con los elementos y se la pasa convirtiendo parte del agua en vapor, lluvia, granizo, nieve o hielo durante todo el año.

El Lugar

El volcán Xinantécatl, mejor conocido como el Nevado de Toluca es el cuarto volcán más alto de México ya que alcanza una altura de 4,558 metros sobre el nivel del mar. Se localiza a 45 kilómetros de la ciudad de Toluca, capital del Estado de México y a 135 kilómetros del centro de la Ciudad de México, aproximadamente a hora y media de recorrido en automóvil. El enorme y majestuoso Nevado de Toluca es el único en el mundo a cuyo cráter se puede llegar por carretera. En la cúspide del coloso hay dos bellas lagunas conocidas como del Sol y de la Luna. En ellas se han hecho descubrimientos arqueológicos importantes, hallazgos relacionados a ceremonias sagradas prehispánicas que se celebraban en el lugar. La zona donde se encuentra este volcán fue declarada parque nacional en 1937 y hoy cuenta con una superficie de 51,000 hectáreas siendo uno de los parque más atractivos y visitados del país.

El Panorama

En este panorama se puede apreciar la laguna del Sol, justo al centro del volcán hoy ya dormido, también se pueden admirar las enormes paredes que forman el cráter y ver las nubes que bajan y suben al capricho del viento. Siendo algo curioso, en esta oportunidad el Nevado de Toluca se muestra sin nieve. A lo lejos se pueden ver los automóviles estacionados indicando hasta donde se puede llegar sin tener que caminar.

¡ Espero les agrade esta vista panorámica !

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Lat: 19° 6' 36.49" N
Long: 100° 46' 41.88" W

Elevation: 4,227 m.

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Taken with a Nikon D70s Single Lens Reflex (SLR) digital camera and the Sigma EX 8mm F4 fisheye lens. Mounted on an iPix panoramic rotator head. Stitched using Nikon Capture, PTGui, Enblend and Adobe Photoshop CS2 under Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium. Self made Windows software "Quicky Pano" for QuickTime VR conversion.

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