My must see place and one check from my wish list; It’s my wallpaper for quite a while until I finally able to see the majestic Mt. Pinatubo. Yes, it’s a dream come true for me. We are thinking of getting a package tour or DIY trip until we saw a Trekpros tour posted in Ensogo for 999php, this include 4x4 arrangements and the guide. Pwede na diba to save planning and organizing part of the trip!
From two persons up to eight; hal and my girlfriends headed to Tarlac to start our day trip challenge.
We opted not to join the arranged shuttle service of Trekpos to save a little penny, (in which we realized that there’s not much difference). From Victory Liner in Cubao, we left at 4:30am and headed to Capas, Tarlac.
From Capas, we took a tricycle ride going to Sta. Juliana (300php per trike) where Trekpros team guided us to our 4x4 and immediately headed to our dusty ride.
Also includes crossing the river. As per our guide, nobody can go to the crater during rainy season.
The trek begins after the 4x4 ride, sabi ni kuya tourguide, may mas shorter trail pero sarado dahil sa pagguho ng daan. In short, let's take the more challenging trail.
It’s quite a long bumpy ride but the view are amazing. I asked kuya, hindi ba gumuguho to kuya? Kuya said, Gumuguho din po mam lalo na pag tag ulan.
The ladies from the other 4x4 ride.
And so we continue...
Sabi ni kuya, malapit na daw pag wala nang sapa sa daan. And yes it’s true, we are now near to glimpse the crater, pero konting tiis pa.
Finally… Literally nawala ang pagod ko. I even forgot to put my backpack down before taking pictures. Initial reaction, ganung ganun sa picture, kung ano ung nasa wallpaper ko.
Would you imagine that this beautiful Mt. Pinatubo killed many people from his last eruption back in 1991? Paki google nalang for more details. :p
Finally first group shot.
It’s really God’s gift that after the eruption, he was able to show how wonderful the Mt. Pinatubo can be. We brought our own lunch and share it to our guide.
We also had to take a dip to the water of the crater, pwede nmn pla maligo. This was after the water temperature changes. Akala namin mainit, ang lamig pla. It’s hotter on the other side of the crater as per our guide but that’s on the bottom part of the lake.
It was past 2pm when we are advised to pack and start the trail back. Mejo bitin but it’s the recommended time to avoid getting caught in the dark while on trek and on 4x4 ride.
We also saw a group of young Aetas in the area going back. We share some of our food to them.
An unforgettable trip and place to visit here in the Philippines, Mt. Pinatubo is indeed a remarkable place. Once destructive and was hate but now showing its superb beauty and wishing to remain like that for the rest of time.