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Monday, March 6, 2017

Philippines | Reasons to lay eyes on Mt. Pinatubo and ditch your weekend rest day

Who would have thought that the beauty of Mt. Pinatubo crater lake was created by its ill-fated past. Located three hours drive from Manila to Tarlac , you can witness the majestic view of this wonder after a 45 mins off-road ride from drop-off point and a 2 hours rocky trek into the crater.

    You need less than Php 2000 to start your Mt Pinatubo trip and consumes only a day. So no worries for all the weekend warrior out there!
    Always remember to pack light and check the weather forecast. 
    The rock formations along the way will make you feel that you're in a different place. ( I even thought that i wasn't in the Philippines )
    The trek is good for first timers. Easy but long trek. Watch out for slippery rocks , you won't like it when you get wet!
    The 4x4 ride is one of the most exciting activity of the trip. Bumpy , ashy , fun and all sort of adventurous is what the 4x4 ride is all about.

    There are rumors that the color of the water in the lake is changing ( it depends on what month it is ). So never miss every opportunity to visit the lake!
    Seeing such a nice view after a long tiring trek under the scorching heat of the sun is really worth the SWEAT and EFFORT, not to mention the very expensive refreshment that locals sell along the way. ( Water , gatorade , beers = around 100-150 each )
    Remember to prepare yourself for a dry sunny trek so it is better to put sunblock for protection. 

Here are some breakdown of expenses if you're planning a DIY trip. Well for us , we joined a mountaineering group and paid 1800 that cover  all the expenses for a Mt. Pinatubo day tour except for lunch.
    Environmental fee – P300/person
    4×4 rental – P2500.00
    Shower fee – P20.00
    Tent rental – P100.00