Usually, a day trip to Mt. Pinatubo which includes the transportation, food, tour guide, and 4×4 ride will costs you 2K or more; however, in this group that I joined, we only spent P1.6K each which is better than those group buying websites.
I was able to finally meet some travel bloggers which I only knew online. They are just great as their blogs, funky, full of dreams, energetic. All of a sudden, I felt pathetic that I am missing a lot of travel invites since I started working full-time.
Brenna doesn’t know there are people posing behind her
One of the highlights when going to Mt. Pinatubo is the 4×4 trek ride which was a 45-min to an hour ride. At first, we were all wishing to ride on an open 4×4 vehicle. I was one of the selfish people there who are dying to ride on open vehicle as you get to experience the rocky road; but for some reason, I was chosen to ride on a closed one and somehow felt bad (a little).
But during the first half of the 4×4 trek ride, we realized that we’re lucky to be on a closed vehicle as it gets dusty outside. If you’ll notice, the fresh looking faces before now look terrorists.
Next challenge, is the 2 to 3-hr trek. As long as you have food, water, and great panting techniques, you will survive. The biggest mistake that I made on this adventure was that I’ve worn the wrong shoes and I was wearing pants! I should have worn shorts and trekking shoes as I didn’t research or ask for some tips prior to this adventure.
After to to 3 hours of trekking, we finally get to the body of Mt. Pinatubo which is actually a 30-min trek to it’s peak (for young ones like us). The signage is misleading hehe. So I’m guessing this poor granny walked for 45 min to an hour going to the peak. Idol!
You will encounter lots of small body of water during this phase which indeed made the climb an extreme one. It’s really interesting to know where do this water come from, it’s clear, however you cannot drink them for sure it has a high sulfur content.
After 30-min of walking, we finally reached the breathtaking peak.. Never mind the exhaustion, it went away just by gazing the beautiful landscape from the view deck. LUSTROUS!
We’re lucky to travel that time as the water is moss green which said to be the normal aura of it. I’ve heard that whenever there’s an earthquake, water will turn to ashy gray and swimming is prohibited.
At the latter part, some chose to stay and swim at the accessible side of the peak and some chose to explore the other side of it for which I belonged.
As you get to the middle, try dipping your hands on the water as it gets warm. I’ve also heard that you cannot just swim in the middle as there is a strong undertow which can pull you down underwater.
Going further, we astounded by the astonishing scenic landscape of the opposite part of the peak. The water on this side is steamy. It is no longer therapeutic to which its nearly on boiling point, so don’t try to dip your hands or feet.
And you wouldn’t believe that this is the aftereffect of the monstrous eruption on 1991.