Tags: Natural Wonders
By Marjorie Gorospe
MOUNT PINATUBO, ZAMBALES — You’ve heard about how it devastated lives back in 1991. You’ve read the news, Googled its entries and saw some pictures. But nothing compares to going on an adventure to its destructive mouth. Summer adventurers may find the trek to Mount Pinatubo thrilling, and then rejuvenating after bathing in its natural hot spring.
Since it is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, seeing its natural magnificence masks the threat of which it is capable. Its eruption in June, 1991 was said to be the second largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century. This incident resulted in the death of 800 people and caused half a billion dollars in property and economic damage.
But this fact is not a hindrance for tourists and adventurers to go trekking to the mountain now that the place has recovered from the natural tragedy. The eruption in fact gave way to the discovery of the crater lake which makes it more interesting. Many trekkers, not only locals but also foreigners, still prefer Mount Pinatubo as their trek spot.
The price to trek on Pinatubo is lower when you go with your buddies. The more people in your party, the cheaper the rate. For a solo trekker, the fee is P11,750. For two persons, each of you have to pay P6,000; a group of three pays P4,250 per head while P3,750 for a group of four per head and P3,500 for a group of five.
The price is reasonable enough since it covers your transportation from Manila to the trekking site. It includes a ride in an air-conditioned 4×4 jeepney, entrance and toll fees, a Filipino guide to Crater Lake, use of the locker and shower facilities, packed sandwiches, snacks and a Filipino buffet lunch. You can also try Massages & Spa Treatments at Mt. Pinatubo Spa and alcoholic or soda drinks with Filipino Buffet Lunch, but these are excluded from the initial fee you have to pay.
Upon going to the trek site, you will be asked to sign a waiver and you will be accommodated by representatives of the Department of Tourism.
Blogger Chyng Reyes testified on her blog that the place is surreal although you must always be careful when stepping on loose, moving rocks. She also shared scenic photos, one of which was a picture which says: “No shouting please. Noise can cause soil erosion.”
If you feel like the trek will be tiring for you, you might want to check blogger Lakwatsero’s page where he shared a list of places to stay around the area after a long day.
Moreover, the Department of Tourism representatives assigned to the area are keeping tabs on the weather — mindful of accidents — and they will reschedule your trip should they foresee inclement weather ahead.
Photos courtesy of Chyng Reyes
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