Devastation can be a blessing in disguise. The most destructive volcanic eruption in the Philippines in 1991 has given birth to an awe-inspiring Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake.
Before going to Mt. Pinatubo…
- Prepare physically. Exercise (Run, Stretching). Though the trail has been easier, it’s better to be prepared.
- Check with your tour leader / guide the status of the volcano: PHIVOLCS and PAGASA weather updates.
- Sun/ Weather PROTECTION: Bring sunblock, shades, cap, or any head gear. It’s also better to bring a raincoat.
- FOOD: Bring refillable water container, energy bar, banana (for potassium)
- Clothes: Wear Light clothes, shorts, trekking sandals or rubber shoes (there’s a stream so sometimes it’s better to wear sandals)
On the day of your trek to Mt. Pinatubo…
- Wake up early. Start early.
- Prepare for the 4×4 ride. It’s one helluvah ride! And as J said it and I quote, “Your internal organs will be rearranged.” LOL. It will be shaky and rough ride. If you’re prone to dizziness, better take a medicine before the ride.
- Only bring the necessary things with you: Refillable water container, energy bar, camera, wallet.
- Get your camera ready. The ride from Brgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac to the Lahar Passageway is scenic.
- The trek to Mt. Pinatubo from the drop-off depends on your pace. Estimate is 3 hours back and forth.
What to do in Mt. Pinatubo:
- Take nothing but pictures.
- Swim but be careful. The depth is unknown. Have a lifevest nearby or better wear it.
- Take a row boat ride to the other side of the crater. This is a must. The view there is otherworldly.
- The boat ride has an additional fee of Php 350. Don’t mind the fee. The fee goes to the Aetas. It’s a way of helping them.
On the way back, don’t be surprised about your look. It’s an evidence that you have conquered Mt. Pinatubo. Here’s a souvenir photo that I got after the successful trek to Mt. Pinatubo. Basang sisiw. Thanks to Nina of JustWandering.org for this photo. hahaha.
You may opt to have a spa or massage at the Pinatubo Spa Town to rejuvenate. Read my story here: Mount Pinatubo’s Miracle on Yahoo! Travel
***This is part of the Lakbay Norte Chronicles.
Want to conquer Pinatubo? You may contact +63 922 897 6828 to arrange your trip.