February 24, 2011

Mt. Pinatubo.

I did this Pinatubo adventure in April 2010 upon the invitation of my friend Edeena. We did the trek with Edeena's officemates plus two of our friends. The adventure started with a 2-hour trip from Manila to Tarlac and then a one-hour and a half 4x4 jeep-ride to the trek drop off point. The jeep ride was quite long, dusty, and bumpy but it was also fun.

We passed through rocky streams, dusty terrains, and that very steep mountain road they call the skyway. We all enjoyed the beautiful sceneries and magnificent landscapes. They looked like paintings or movie backdrops.

But then, this jeep ride also made me realize that behind all these beauty and this awesome adventure, there are people who live there. I got a taste of what these people go through just to go home. Or what the locals, just to earn, must go through. As a tourist, I did it once. But the 4x4 jeep drivers and guides do it almost everyday. And it's not easy.

The jeep ride ended at the trek drop off point.

This is where the trek started. We did it in 30 mins, so I guess, we belong to the Super Senior Citizens. LOL.

The trek wasn't so bad. It was, in fact, quite enjoyable. We trekked through thick forested areas, boulders, creeks, and interesting little corners.

The moment we saw the crater, we got awestruck! It was breathtakingly beautiful! It made the one hour and a half 4x4 jeep-ride and the 30-minute trek all worthwhile.

The weather that day was awesome, too. The sun was shining brightly but the air was cool.

Nearly 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide were injected into the stratosphere in Pinatubo's 1991 eruptions, and dispersal of this gas cloud around the world caused global temperatures to drop temporarily (1991 through 1993) by about 1°F (0.5°C). {US Geological Survey}

After the eruption, a crater lake formed in the 1991 caldera, with the 1992 lava dome forming an island. At first, the lake was small, hot and highly acidic, with a minimum pH of 2 and a temperature of about 40 °C. Abundant rainfall cooled and diluted the lake, lowering the temperature to 26 °C and raising the pH to 5.5 by 2003. {Wikipedia}

How to go there:

The best thing to do is hire a travel agent to arrange everything for you.
Our group hired TriPinas Travel & Tour Ventures.

Their Day Tour for Mt Pinatubo is Php1,990/person (Locals), Php2,750/person (Foreigners)
inclusive of the following:

* Round trip A/C land transfer (Mla-Pinatubo base camp-Mla) inclusive of toll fee and gas
* 4x4 wheel drive to Mt Pinatubo
* Local guide
* All applicable fees (conservation, local guide)
* Certificate of Conquest of Mt. Pinatubo
* Tour coordinator

Things to Remember:

* Wear light clothing
* Bring water. (hydrate, hydrate!)
* Wear comfortable, sturdy trekking shoes
* Wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
* Enjoy and have fun
* Take and leave nothing
* Make memories and take pictures!

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For more information, visit
TriPinas Travel & Tour Ventures
Le Gran Condominium
45 Eisenhower St., Greenhills
San Juan City, Philippines
Email address: tripinas@gmail.com
Landline : (+63)392-2006
Cellphone : 0917-9037672

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  1. WOW! I didn't realize Pinatubo is this beautiful! These are amazing photos too! I am in awe!

  2. ganda ng pictures Aileen..so ur a senior citizen na pala haha..

  3. Liza said...
    WOW! I didn't realize Pinatubo is this beautiful! These are amazing photos too! I am in awe!

    . . . . .

    It is very beautiful, Liz! And thank you, it is very photogenic. :)

  4. Markyramone said...
    ganda ng pictures Aileen..so ur a senior citizen na pala haha..

    . . . . .

    Hahaha! Super senior, Marky! LOL.

  5. Gorgeous! I linked this to mine!

    and your danao post, too!




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