I was planning a solo trip and thought of going to Mt. Pinatubo. Since the Crazy, Beautiful You movie; I’ve been looking forward to see the crater lake in person. So I posted in DIY Travel Philippines page and ask if there’s a group going there on a Sunday, and fortunately there was. So, I joined the awesome Girls of GoPro Philippines.😊
Tour costs Php 2,000. Here are the inclusions:
- Private Van (Manila-Tarlac-Manila)
- 4×4 Jeep rental
- Local tour guide – max of 5 guests
- All tourism fees (Entrance fee, registration fee, conservation fee, permit to trek)
- Mandatory Aeta fee of Php150/person
- Tour Arrangement
Suggested things to bring:
- 1-2 Liters of Water
- One valid ID
- Extra clothes
- Camera, powerbank
- Personal Medicines, first aid kit, toiletries
- Garbage bag
- Trail food or extra snacks that you may want to share with the Aeta kids
- Extra cash
- Packed lunch
Suggested Trekking Outfit:
- Trek shorts/pants
- Dri fit clothes
- Sandals/Trekking shoes/Rubbershoes
For those planning a DIY, here’s the transportation:
- You can ride a Genesis or Victory Liner going to Olongapo or Baguio. Ask them to drop you off Capas Public Market. Bus fare is around Php 200, travel time is 2 hours.
- From Capas Public Market, take a tricycle going to Sta. Juliana. Fare costs Php 300, good for 3 pax
- Once in Sta. Juliana, you have to go to the Tourism office to register. And then hire a 4X4 jeep for Php 3,000. This is already good for 5 pax and will take you to the starting point of the hike to Mt.Pinatubo.
So, we left Mcdonald’s Quezon Ave almost 3AM. About 2 hours travel and then stop over at Dau. At 5:30AM, we arrived at Danny’s Tourist Camp Site.
Some Aeta kids, will offer you a bamboo stick to help you with the hike for Php20. But it’s up to you if you want to buy one, we all did though.😊
Around 6:30AM, our 4×4 arrived and we started traveling to the crater. It was an hour and a half bumpy and sandy drive. It was awesome and heart pounding at the same time!
We had to rest every now and then because of the heat. I think it was 36 degrees yesterday, that’s why it’s very important to bring lots of water.
We rested for a bit after all the picture taking. Take note that the drinks and food there are super expensive. Cup noodles, bottled water, Gatorade, softdrinks and 1 pack of cigarette all cost Php100. 3-in-1 coffee costs Php50.
After eating and resting, we decided to go back. We started our descend at 11:30AM and reached the 4×4 at 1:15PM. We were faster. Yay!☺️
Around 3PM, we’re back at Danny’s campsite, had late lunch and showered. Shower costs Php50.
We left the location at 5PM, arrived Quezon Avenue at 7:30PM.
For more of my adventures, check out my other blogs Althea’s Adventures.😎