This is a throwback post of my visit to Mt. Pinatubo a year ago. It was just a few days before Araw ng Kagitingan that I had an idea to go out of a town. Mount Pinatubo was on top of my list. I checked out the place from the internet and the marine colored lake was quite inviting for a summer trip. It’s approximately 2 hours away from Manila so I planned it to be a day trip. However, after reading several blog reviews about the place, I learned that if I’m going to commute there, it’s not going to be easy and fast. We might even spend more time on the road than trekking.
I took the tour with Pinaykeypoint Team. We were 11 in a group so we availed package 5 which costs P2000/pax. All the fees needed for the trip like roundtrip van, rent 4×4, environmental fee, local guide, etc already included, we just have to pack our own lunch. They were very accommodating, organize and kind enough to let my dog join the tour. I was also impressed by how punctual they were with the time. I joined several tours in the past and believe me, you wouldn’t like having to wait 45 minutes more than the said departure, especially when it was as early as 3 in the morning.
We had a briefing from Eric PinayKeypoint about the safety instruction, the do and don’t’s on trekking before we start our trip. My heart already yapped with joy as I saw the 4×4 jeep that was going to take us off-road.
Beautiful scenery from our ride. It was really hot that day. I wished I wore a less baring clothes to cover my face. Oh the things I sacrifice for style.
It took us 1 hour of a bumpy and dusty ride until we arrived at the trekking point.
We chose the easiest trail for our trekking. It was around 1 km and 45 minutes walk.
Mount Pinatubo was a sight to behold. The long trip was definitely worth it. Dusty faces, sunburn, and butt cramp fade away as we seen how magnificent the crater looks like. Here’re the things I recommend if you want to visit Mount Pinatubo:
- Bring extra food and drinks. There a few vendors near the crater and you can buy drinks there in case you ran out of drinks or food but the price is 3-4 times higher than the regular price.
- Wear something that can cover up your entire body if you’re going there on summer but doesn’t want to get dark. There’s a chance you will get an open-roof 4×4 jeep. Now, imagine sitting there for 1 hour under the scorching hot sun.
- Wear trekking shoes. Better yet, waterproof shoes would be a good idea.
- Bring extra clothes. You won’t like going home covered in dust and sweat.
- Avoid the hassle by arranging your trip with Pinaykeypoint Team.
and at the end of the day, your feet must be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling..
Live to the fullest,