Above the clouds of central Mexico, at the summit of 18,800 Pico de Orizaba, a memorial cross raised by local climbers marks the memory of those who did not return from the icy peak. The Aztec name for the peak is Citaltepetl, or 'Star Mountain'. According to Aztec legend, Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent, died in the mountain's fiery crater. He then became a human and fled across the sea from where he is expected, one day, to return.

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