Mt. Pico De Loro (A Day Hike Adventure)

A pleasant welcome for a tired soul

I had a chance to hike again with Juxtapoz Mountaineer, this time it’s a day hike in Pico De Loro. For a non-professional climber like me, this is a perfect preparation for a major hike. (Still trying to be physically fit for my dream mountain :p)

I tag hal along ensuring that he is already ready after recovering (he was sick for several days and was not allowed to get out)

We met at 4am in Baclaran. As soon as everybody arrived, we headed to Naic Cavite. From Naic terminal we contacted a jeepney to bring us to DENR. The Juxtapoz group took in charge of this. We registered for 20php.

Then just few walks away is the jump off point. We prayed and had our group shot. Then we are ready to go.

Since it’s a protected area by DENR, there are lots of trees along the trail. Good thing as it helps to cool us down a bit. Kamusta nalang diba kung walang puno, grabe ang init ng summer. Here are some shots while on trail.

Then we are on Base Camp 1, we rested for a while and fill our water bottles up. Another 20php registration here.

Then we are on the 2nd part of the trail, steeper, with big rocks and roots to hold on and to cross over. We were getting tired already but all are determined to reach the summit. By the way, it’s good to hike with music on, nakakawala ng pagod. :)

Reaching the summit campsite amazed me because of the big bamboo trees creating an arc like effect welcoming tired hikers to the summit. Nagkaroon na ako ng pag-asang mag pahinga ng bongga after seeing some tents nearby.

The overlooking view; ang ganda kahit mainit mag picture go parin. The summer season gives brownish look of the grassland. Or should I say, brown na nga siya sa init ng araw.

We had our lunch and rested for a while before we continue to the summit.

Ang sosyal na bangaw

It’s challenging on our way up, only the grasses are your support going up. Yes, it’s challenging and would really require you to get a hiking gear for a good grip. (I’ll invest for good shoes next time)

Reaching the summit is an overwhelming experience. Sun was unforgiving that time so we just waited for some who climb the Parrot's Beak. The heat was tiring us down so we just waited.

On their way up

Hanggang tanaw nalang kami

At gumaganon pa ha

How much did I spent on this trip:

Thanks to Roseann for tagging us once again to this hike. Super good experience plus new friends. Nagulat kami dahil umabot kami ng 8 girls and 8 boys dahil may mga kanya kanyang bitbit na joiners. Ansaya diba?!

Next time; I'll climb the Parrot's Beak and will say hi to you again.

"Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you." — Will Rose.

Day 3: Sablayan's Adventure Camp and Pressing Park

Maricar and I woke up early and had coffee. Our breakfast was ready as we told them last night what we would like to eat. It was a sunny Sunday and nakakatamad lang gumala. It was almost noon that some decided to explore famous spots that’s just near the town. Di na kami lumayo. Some of us decided to stay.

We then found ourselves visiting the Sablayan’s Adventure Camp and Pressing Park.

First stop is the Adventure Camp, a beach with cottages that the residences in the town use for recreational activities or group outdoor activity.

mainit talaga diba Jeng?

ang mga sumugod sa initan (thanks Maricar sa payong)

Second Stop is the Pressing Park, sinubukan naming lakarin ang papunta dito at kahit sinong pagtanungan namin malapit lang daw, pero sumakay parin kami, malayo naman pla.
At may energy pa habang paakyat sa park.

You’ll get a good view here, parang Tagaytay lang.

After this we headed back to Emily’s to pack our things. We went to church before going home. The Church is just walking distance from Emily’s.

After going to church, we get ready to go home, night trip mode kaming mag bu-bus and for those na mag p-plane, they will stay for another night in San Jose.
Over-all experience was awesome, surely worth ang pag sama at pag bisita sa APO Reef.

Here's my estimate expenses:

Manila-Sablayan-Manila = 1600php
Boat Rental = 534php(8000/group)
Tour Guide = 68php(750/group)
Apo Reef Entrance = 225php
Emily's Pension House = 150php(fan room)
Tent Rental = 100php(optional)
Food and others = 800php
Total = 3477php

Please check my:

Day 1: Exploring Underwater and Nature Park
Day 2: Exploring the Mangrove and Lighhouse

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin