JOURNEY TO THE MAJESTIC CRATER OF MOUNT PINATUBO

One of the best known off road adventures today in the Philippines is the day trek to the Majestic Crater of Mount Pinatubo. Having seen the scenic beauty and read many interesting reviews on the internet of this once a destructive volcano, my interest of setting foot there was enough to make me fly to Manila from Davao City.
 

Just a little history, Mount Pinatubo became famous when it erupted violently in the year 1991. The eruption was recorded as the second largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century. It killed 800 people and left 100,000 homeless. Not only that, the effects of the eruption were felt worldwide as millions of tons of sulfur dioxide were discharged into the atmosphere, resulting in a decrease in the temperature worldwide.

Years after the historic eruption, Mt. Pinatubo Caldera has now transformed into a well worth visiting  destination especially for hikers. Surrounded by a vast expanse of lahar-filled valleys, boulders of great sizes and shapes, and inhabited by the remaining Aeta Tribesmen, Mt. Pinatubo offers a captivating view of a hidden lake inside its crater – absolutely an amazing prize after a tedious hike.


Conquering the Majestic Crater of Mount Pinatubo requires patience and endurance. It consists a 45 minute Off Road 4×4 adventure then followed by another 45 minutes of trekking. The rugged yet beautiful trail promises to be no easy climb but seeing the Majestic Crater is absolutely a worthy reward.

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Together with my RTours Group staright from Davao City, our day trek to Mount Pinatubo started at Baragngay Sta. Juliana in Capas, Tarlac. Mount Pinatubo, though situated within the borders of three provinces namely Tarlac, Pampanga and Zambales, is easier to reach through the established Capas Trail in the Province of Tarlac, around 2and a half ride from Manila. Aboard the 4WD Jeep going to the jump off point, the 45 minutes Off Road ride became an adventure in itself. Battling against the rugged road, our ride was simply spectacular providing us the scenic view of the vast lahar-field panorama.

PHOTOS BELOW SHOW THE PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE LAHAR FILLED PLAINS AND VALLEYS GOING TO THE JUMP OFF POINT. SURELY, THESE SCENES MADE OUR OFF ROAD ADVENTURE WORTH A RIDE.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HEADING TOWARDS THE JUMP OFF SITE, it is so amazing to see various 4X4 Vehicles parked at the vicinity carrying tourists and alike excitedly eager to reach the Crater of Mount Pinatubo. Looking at the number of these vehicles, it means TOURISM in the area is so much alive and kicking.
 
 
 

REACHING THE JUMP OFF SITE, we made another one hour trek going to the Crater of Mount Pinatubo. I was filled with so much excitement when I started my trekking. I have traveled miles away just to see the now renowned beauty of the Crater. I knew from the start that going up there is not an easy climb but my willingness to set foot at Crater Lake was so much enough to keep me going.



 

 THE RUGGED TRAIL GOING TO THE CRATER
 


AFTER THE TIRING YET EXCITING TREK, finally the splendid beauty of the Mount Pinatubo Crater welcomed us with its gratifying magic that immediately took our exhaustion away. Yes, the trek was not easy but with the magnificence of the entire environs, it is definitely a great reward.

 
 
 
 
 

The Crater Lake is undeniably the TRUE GEM of Mount Pinatubo's Crater. Its turquoise color as seen from above appears like a silent paradise alluring and enchanting its guests to dip into its water and feel the romancing charm of its splendor. Like others, I am truly enchanted by her Majestic Allure. I went down to feel the warmth of her embrace. Honestly, I was thinking that the Crater Lake's water was hot. I was wrong. Surprisingly, it is lovely cold. Dipping into the depth, the Lake's Water tastes like Soda Water. It is exactly the same like those in Camiguin Island. But here, it's different. It's really rewarding because I could feel the essence of being on the top of the world, at the Crater of the famous Mount Pinatubo.

 

MY TRIP TO MOUNT PINATUBO is truly remarkable. Coming from Mindanao so far from this magnificent work of nature,  I feel so proud that I have finally experienced the many beautiful stories about it. Indeed, it is worth the travel. Having seen its unique enchanment, I could definitely say that MOUNT PINATUBO have changed it reputation from being the most destructive volcano into the must see, must visit destination not just for Filipinos but for mountain lovers and hikers around the globe.


HOW TO GET THERE:
The easiest way to conquer the Crater of Mount Pinatubo by passing through the Capas Trail. also known as the "Skywalk". Capas Trail is located in Barangay Santa Juliana in Capas, Tarlac, around 2 and a half hour travel from Manila. The Pinatubo Spa Town arranges day tour to the Crater of Mount Pinatubo. We paid around Php 1,200.00 for the day tour including the 4X4 Vehicle and the official tour guide.

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February 21, 2011 at 6:28 AM delete

as always olan, your landscape captures are beautiful. I have learned a lot in watching you take photos in Tagum :) and i love the pinatubo photos...I envy you...I want to go there as well! i will plan on it!

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February 21, 2011 at 8:16 AM delete

Amazing! it's on my a must visit list for this year.. :)

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February 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM delete

@ Leah Valle - Thank you Madam President. :) I am just lucky that the weather that day was great - that's why I got good photos. :) next time sama na tayo ha para mahasa landscape photography nato. :)

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February 21, 2011 at 1:31 PM delete

@ Nathalie - Hi Nath. :) this is really worth the long travel kaya tama lang tlga na nasa List mo ito. :)

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February 22, 2011 at 9:26 AM delete

one of the most scenic places I've been to. From the destruction of the eruption to this paradise-like place. Wow

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February 22, 2011 at 11:28 AM delete

Ganda talaga ng Mt. Pinatubo forever :), san ang sunod na lakwatsa mo Olan?

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February 22, 2011 at 11:28 AM delete

@ Marky - I have to agree with you Mark. :) indeed, one of the scenic places in the PH. :)

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February 22, 2011 at 11:55 AM delete

hi sir! bloghopped from PTB ;-)

Pinatubo remains to be the most amazing spot Ive seen, Angkor Wat and the Thailand's Grand Temple are nothing compared to Pinatubo's charm.

Its just hard to imagine a view that majestic can also be destructive at the same time. Unique beauty! ♥

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February 22, 2011 at 3:34 PM delete

@ CHYNG - Absolutely true! Like i mentioned, who would have though that such a beauty used to be a destructive factor years ago. Nevertheless, her charm and beauty today definitely incomparable! Thanks Chyng for dropping by. :)

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February 22, 2011 at 3:39 PM delete

@ LAKWATSERA DE PRIMERA - Sobrang ganda tlga! Hehehe. :) Going to SOCKSSARGEN Tour this weekend Maam. :) sponsored by Sox Bloggers. :) sana dito kayo para makasam rin kayo. :)

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February 22, 2011 at 5:40 PM delete

naunahan mo kong umakyat. such a shame kasi ang lapit lapit ko lang pero diko pa napupuntahan. next destination na yan. hahaha

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February 22, 2011 at 10:07 PM delete

definitely one of the best crater lake and the way there is itself rewarding.

nandiyan ako ulit next month.

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February 23, 2011 at 12:31 PM delete

@ PUSANG KALYE - Hahaha. Anglayo layo ng Davao pero pinuntahan ko talaga. And like I said, its worth the long travel. :) kaya puntahan mo na bago, sumabog ulit ang PInatubo. Hahaha. :)

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February 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM delete

@ Dong Ho - Mount Pinatubo took my breath away upon seeing her incom parable beauty! I was left speechless! Haaaayyyyyzzzzz.....

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February 25, 2011 at 4:16 PM delete

wow! what a spots! how i wish to visit that place too soon.... you're photos kuya olan ------ soooooo inviting!

great shots!

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February 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM delete

yay! sa wakas napuntahan mu na at na blog mu na! :) congrats! galeng ng mga shot Olan! :)

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March 2, 2011 at 12:54 AM delete

Amazing shots! Woot. Sana may "Davao Bloggers Goes to (a National Landmark)" tayo no? hmmm.

Magkano na gastos nyo including the airfare?? O.o

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March 2, 2011 at 1:49 PM delete

@ Richard - Thank you Chard. :)for sure makakapunta ka rin dito one of these days.

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March 2, 2011 at 1:52 PM delete

@ Pinaysolobackpacker - Thank you Gael. Sa wakas, nalanhgoy ko rin ang mala-soda tubig ng Pinatubo Crater Lake. Galing!

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March 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM delete

@ Markable - Thanks Mark. Sana nga may "DAVAO BLOGGERS conquer Mount Pinatubo" event tayo. Soon. Mura lang naman ang trek eh. Around 1200 lang.

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March 14, 2011 at 1:45 PM delete

ang laki na ng pinagbago ng Mt. Pinatubo... It was my first climb way back 2008...

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March 14, 2011 at 3:29 PM delete

Pinoy Adventurista - Yeah, mas accessible na nga ngayon.

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August 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM delete

Being on nature and traversing a demanding terrain in Pinatubo has taught me that life is simple, and you can cross any pass if you have the spirit. The mysterious appearance of a place, a tiny leaf or a colored rock on a trail can reveal to you something about the complexities of life hidden within.
Really awesome place!!!

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February 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM delete

hi where did you get your pinatubo tour? may i have their website please?

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May 15, 2014 at 1:39 AM delete

when is the best time to visit it for us to see turquoise blue waters of the volcano?

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July 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM delete

The sky looks gorgeous in those photos.

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