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Mt. Pinatubo Adventure

My colleagues and I purchased a voucher going to Mt. Pinatubo for Php2000. The package includes:

  • Round Trip Transportation from Manila/Pampanga/Manila
  • Packed Lunch
  • Facilitator and local guides
  • 4×4 vehicle
  • Certificate of Conquering Pinatubo and ID!

Sometimes it’s okay to purchase such package deals than do-it-yourself so I don’t have to worry about which bus to take, what things to bring, etc. So at 2am, without sleep, we were waiting for our pick up from McDo Ortigas. We left Ortigas at 3am and arrived at 7am where the 4×4’s are waiting. We rode the 4×4 for an hour then our trek started. Good thing the weather was perfect during that day we didn’t worry about getting a sunburn or sweating. The previous days were rainy we actually thought the trip might get cancelled. The trek was not tiresome as I expected. We didn’t even feel the need to drink water during the trek except when we were like 20 minutes away from the crater.

The scenery was just beautiful! The 2-hour trek was a bit tiring (not exhausting) but upon seeing the view, I felt I had a lot more energy. We ate our lunch there then tried to swim. The water was very cold! We just waded in the water while waiting for our turn in the boat we rented (for Php350) that will bring us to the hotspring. The water’s warmer there but it was also kind of hard to swim because the sand, i mean the lahar, was too hot when you soak your feet into it. We decided to stay at the shore and take some more pictures while waiting for the boat that will bring us back to the other side. Going back, we had to walk for 2 hours again but this time, I think it’s easier. But for some, it’s more difficult since they could already feel the pains of the trek earlier. The water current was stronger then because it was raining. They said it always rains there in the afternoons. The 4×4 ride was longer. I guess they took a different route. We took a shower at Mt. Pinatubo Spa (I think) for Php100. It includes the soap, towel, and locker. It was another great adventure. It’s like swimming and climbing combined. I think an overnight stay there would be a good idea next time. And I’ll try some of the Spa services. All in all, we spent Php 2450. Not bad for seeing something as great as the Pinatubo crater. ^_^

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Climbing Mt. Batulao

From a random suggestion, me and 4 of my colleagues decided to climb Mt. Batulao. We’re not exactly hikers or trained climbers. We just wanted the outdoors. So off we resolved to climb. Searching through the net gave us an idea on what to expect during the trip – long walk/climb. Who wouldn’t be enticed to climb/walk just to see these?

  

Unlike my previous adventures, this time, I took note of the timeline. We had to be at the Bus Station going to Nasugbu, Batangas at 5 am. Some of us, including me, just came from a 1PM to 10PM shift the night before so imagine how much we lacked sleep then. But I guess the excitement gave us energy the whole day. We arrived at Evercrest at around 7:30am and took a tricycle going to the base trail. There’s an abundance of tricycle and guides when you get off the bus. We had a hard time deciding which guide to take as there were several kids wanting to be our guide. It’s an extra income for them. We took 2 guides and 2 tricycles.  The tricycle driver gave us his number so we could text him after the climb and transport us back to where we got off the bus.

It took us 2 hours to reach the registration area. We actually thought that was the climb already but it was only part of the climb. We were thirsty upon reaching the registration area. In fact, on our way to the registration area, we already took some rest and drank buko juice and water.

  

    

    

As you can see from the pictures, it was quite a challenge. And to think that Mt. Batulao is for beginning climbers! Or maybe we were just not in shape. ^_^

We reached the summit at around 11AM. I don’t know if we were just too tired to eat or the water and chocolate bars were enough to sustain us throughout the climb. After some more sightseeing, we headed down the trail and back to the base where the tricycle drivers await us.

    

  

It was quite an adventure. We were all perspiring and tired. We all wanted a bath. Good thing that some houses at the drop-off area allow tourists to take a bath in their place for a minimal fee (so minimal I forgot how much!). After we freshened up, we had a feast at Leslie’s in Tagaytay. We were all famished!

  

  

How much did we spend for this unforgettable adventure? Here’s a breakdown per person:

Bus from Pasay Terminal to Nasugbu – Php 106

Tricycle – Php 40 (to and from the base trail)

Registration – Php 20

Jeepney fare to Leslie’s – Php 15 (estimate)

Bus from Olivares(Tagaytay) to Pasay – Php 78

TOTAL of Php 259 excluding the feast we had at Leslie’s. ^_^

 

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