Mt. Pinatubo Travel Tips and Guide
"A Beautiful Disaster" that is Pinatubo Volcano
One of the most awestruck-ing view in the country is in Mt. Pinatubo Crater. Located near the tripoint of the provinces of Zambales, Pampanga and Tarlac, lies the Pinatubo Crater Lake created by the June 15, 1991 massive eruption and the onslaught of Typhoon Diding (Yunya).
The lake was filled by rain water over the years and seasonally change it colors from shades of turquoise, mint and emerald green.
|Mt Pinatubo Lake|
|Mt. Pinatubo Crater|
|A Beautiful Mess and Disaster That is Mt. Pinatubo|
Journey to Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake
|There oh! Lahar walls|
I got to say, this is the first blog post where I have literally no photo edit, I mean no hues, color, brightness, contrast manipulation at all! No expectation vs. reality here, all the photos you have seen are the raw pictures. That says a lot about how Mt. Pinatubo is a world class scenery!
Kita mo na ang Tagumpay
|Walang tatalo sa ganda mo Mt. Pinatubo|
|Di nakakaumay na tanawin|
|No edit here, raw Go Pro Shot|
|Photographer at work, do not distrub|
How to get to Mt. PinatuboThere are plenty of options nowadays going to Mt. Pinatubo since all year round, tourist flock this scenic volcano. One might get the hassle free Tour Packages, like we did, via TRIPinas. But upon talking to my backpacker friends and also the locals, it's best to do the DIY Mt. Pinatubo. Note, this is for those who seek budget friendly trip to Mt. Pinatubo. There are also a lot of blogs about going there. What I will write are some tips I have acquired from this trip.
In no particular order, here are the things I have researched, what I have experienced and got from the locals and traveler friends.
>>>Manila to Capas, Tarlac vice versa will cost you 400 pesos (200 pesos 1 way via Victory Liner Cubao going to Olangapo or Baguio, just say you will drop off at Capas, Tarlac Public Market)
>>>According to Bok, our 4x4 driver, the actual rent for 1 vehicle is 2,600. Contact him thru this number: 09305004264. Guide fee is also fixed at 500 per pax of 5. Trike from Capas to Sta. Juliana Tourism Office is about 300 pesos ( 100 per pax ). As jeepney schedule going to and from Sta. Juliana is inconsistent, I suggest to ride a trike. But if you have you own vehicle, by pass this step and head over to Sta. Juliana
>>>Take the 7 kilometer trek. I tell you. Its the best. The 5 KM and 3 KM trike doesn't give you the experience of up close view of the massive towering lahar walls!
|The 3KM Mark from the Jump off near Botolan Zambales|
>>>Try the Zambales start off point. Our guide told us its a different experience. I might try that side soon. I don't know if there is a Pampanga start off.
>>>Be early, as early as 6 AM you should be at the tourism office. You can enjoy the trek more since the sun is just rising. And the view is amazing as the sun ray hits the lahar walls. You can also experience "Baguio Feels" temperature while walking along the lahar path.
|Sun rise at the back of a 4x4 vehicle|
|Orientation by TRIPinas|
Ride the 4 x 4 with an open back. It might be dusty and exposed to the sun, but hey, the wind is cold, the view is spectacular and this is the highlight of the ride going to the jump off. Pure Bliss AF.
|Bumby ride along the lahar path|
|Stop over for Photo ops|
|Team LCC at Mt. Pinatubo|
|What you are saying? LOL|
Lake-ing around Mt. Pinatubo Crater
|Perfect Picnic View|
|Sakit ng ulo ko sa ganda!|
|Chill Vibes with a View|
|Floating on Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake|
|Expectation: Chill Floating AF|
|Me on Banana Bed|
You know what happened next
|Total wipe out LOL|