Its really that bare now? Alot has changed since 1992/1993! Izta used to be covered with snow from every side. (I actaully climbed Popo, not Izta, but viewed it from all sides).
We have a lot of dry seasons the last years, it seems like we're loosing our glaciers, really bad¡¡
Yes, we are. The first time i climbed Ixta was January 2000, and even that recently, there was still significant snow on this area. Some glaciers on ixta have already disappeared and all glaciers in Mexico have greatly receded. It is quite sad. Yes, we have had a lot of dry years, but last year was actually pretty good, but an exception for the last 15 years, or so i'm told by those older than me.
Do you happen to have any photos of Ixta from that time? I would be interested to see them. I looked through a report on Mexico's Glaciers that was made back around 1960, with many photos. I just about cried looking through it. Ixta had something like 12 glaciers then, and beautiful! Popo and Orizaba also are not there prior glory. But even the report from back then reported that it appeared the glaciers had been receding for at least the several decades before that! I dream about what it must have looked like in 1800.
I have this one added to SP, but of course that is the south and least snowiest side. It is still snow covered though. I haven't added the photos I have from the Amecameca or Cholula sides, but those sides are much snowier as you know. Next time I scan some photos, I think I'll add a few.