Mt. Pinatubo: 4X4 Adventure
How can something so beautiful , be so destructive at the same time? Mt. Pinatubo is an active volcano located Cabusilan Mountains on the island of Luzon. In June 15, 1991 Mt. Pinatubo erupted , it was considers as the second-largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century (source). It has brought so much destruction in the area and what made it worst was a typhoon struck the island it which caused massive lahars. Today , Mt. Pinatubo has become a top tourist destination in the region.
How to get to Mt. Pinatubo?
From Cubao we took the 1:am bus at 5 star bound for Dagupan. We asked the condoctor to drop us off to Capaz, Tarlac junction. You can ride any bus north bound (Tarlac, Baguio,Urdaneta, Dagupan etc.) that will pass by Capaz Tarlac. In front of Mc Donalds there are tricycles that can take you to Santa Juliana. Since we coordinated with Mr. Wendell we asked the driver to drop us at their office. Tricycle ride is around 45 mins and costs 300.00 php (max 3 person).
After registration, we started our tour by riding a 4×4. It was a bumpy ride and took us 1.5 hours to reach the start of the trail. The hiking trail is quite long (5 Km) but it was relatively easy. It took us a total of 3 1/2 hours before we reached the crater.
Swimming is no longer allowed on the crater. I never expected that the weather would be cold, but I’m happy that the weather was perfect during our trip.
- Manila to Capas, Tarlac Bus Fare Php 172.00 (one way)
- Tricycle rental from Capas to Sta. Juliana (max. 3 people ) Php300.00
- 4×4 Rental for maximum of 5 people Php3,000.00 (Php 600.00)
- Local Guide Fee for a group of five people Php500.00
- Conservation Fee (individual) Php300.00
- Aeta passway fee PHP 150 Pesos per person
- Shower Room Php50.00
- other expenses (personal): water, breakfast, snack and lunch (Php 374.00)
Made quick visit in Sitio Tarukan, we shared stories with the locals under the balete tree. Hopefully we can organize an outreach activity in the future.
Watch our adventure: