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ORIZABA - 500 Escalones National Park - (english version)

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Published on Jul 26, 2009

The beautiful 500 Escalones (steps) National Park, is located within the imposing Rio Blanco Canyon realms, at the south-east edge of the City of Orizaba, in the State of Veracruz, Mexico.

The river crosses the park along the canyon, forming in it's path, small dams, waterponds, lagoons, springs and the beautiful Cascada del Elefante (the Elephant Waterfall).
Traditionally is said to take 500 steps to walk down the bottom of the canyon, where the Rio Blanco runs (in reality more than 800), tradition from which the parks unique name is derived.
The abundant vegetation of the place goes from the high altitude forest at it's hights to the semi and tropical forest at the bottom of the canyon. The canyon's depth varies from around 150 to more than 300 mts at its heights and from 250 to more than 500 mts across. The Rio Blanco Canyon, in it's totality, has more than 55, 690 hectares of extension.

At the bottom of the canyon, besides the famous Cascada del Elefante, exists the ruins of an old Hydroelectric Buliding and the beautiful acquatic site known as "Los Sifones" springs, one ot the most preferred natural locations to picnic by the Orizaban families on the weekends. Recently, a new attraction was added to the park, the famous Tirolesa de Orizaba ( tyrolean crossing, zip line or aereal flying crossing), a new popular form of entertainment in Mexico. The famous Orizaba's Tirolesa, with it's 120 mts height and 288 mts long, is the longest and highest in Mexico.

From the southern edge of the city, the imposing beauty of this great gift of Nature to Orizaba can be admired and appreciated by everyone.

Experience Orizaba, the magic city.
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This video was made with photographic material taken from the internet, material that belongs -copyrights- to the many artists, of great artistic talent, who took them. With no lucrative purpose, only to promote the beauty of Orizaba.
I want to thank all those who capture the essence of Orizaba and it's people, among those :
Enrique Lopez Tamayo, Rolando Lino Mina, Diane Tatis, Ritter Walder, Mario Fabela, Angeles PT, Rafael Dorantes, Jesus Guzman Moya, Arturo Andrade, Isakun, Sangroncito, Building Demolisher, Marco Antonio Flores Lozano, Andres Jaquez -Paco-, John Todd Jr., David Panofsky, David Smith, Alan Arnette, Cgman, Tim Kuepfer, Andrew Cmu, Cliff Maloney, Kyle C. Hanson, Malacatonche, Carlos-1 Phato, Jonw55, Makai, webmaster, razieldeofilio, Jesus Rodriguez, Hugo Jr, Gerardo Gonzalez Vazquez, chrisgarcis, Jorge Alberto Vega, Angelucho Cancino, Darkfals, Claudio0307, Roverach, Skullkid, LAriabian, Mariel, Desfronter, Hector Castellanos, raicho7, zkrlet, Alma Moncada, Igor Roji, Protaro, Raul Villagrana, KamiKase, cris07, Holly Hayer and many more photographers that without their unique artistic sense and interest in Orizaba, this video could not have been made.

My deepest gratitude
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