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When you get to Legaspi their arrival area is a small section of the airport half of which is where the checked in luggages are dropped. They cordon the area and don't allow passengers to pick up their own luggages, no matter how small. If you're not in a hurry, just wait. By the time only a handful of bags are left, airport security will let you in to claim your own bag.
Written Feb 18, 2007
Enlisting the help of a local guide, which is very important for your own safety, we embarked on a trek of the lower foothills of Mt Mayon. Taking a round trip of around 3.5hrs, we walked along narrow paths cut into thick forest before coming out in clearings where we'd take a break before plunging back in again. Unfortunately, due to low cloud cover on this day, we couldn't see the summit in the clearings, so it was all about lookingaround us at the vegetation, trees and listening to the birds.
The trek was cut short when one of our party had some issues with asthma and we had to turn back. Had we continued, we'd have arrived at the lowest base camp used by seasoned hikers who aim for the top. Since that would take a couple of days that we didn't have, this trek served us fine and even though cut short, we still really enjoyed it.
An incredible experience albeit tough going through the thick, humid forest. The paths were well cleared but watching our footing (and using walking sticks) was very important along with keeping an eye out for centipedes and snakes (of which we did encounter one particularly poisonous type). The walk was a gradual ascent making the experience quite manageable and the the return trip was always downhill and so we tended to move that little bit quicker.
It was extraordinarily humid which took a lot of getting used to if you are not from a humid place. It sapped out our energy quite rapidly and we had to go easy on our water supply!
At least an intermediate level of fitness is required for this activity and if you are keen to get to the very top, then it is very important to be physically prepared. Mayon is over 2,200m high - it is a real mountain, not a hill!
This is serious country and is not to be trifled with. It is essential to take a competent and qualified guide - so that authorities know where you are for your own safety and also so you know where you are going. It is easy to get very lost, the volcano park is huge and people have been known to die up there. Register your interest with Department of Tourism- Region V, get sound advice and find competent and registered tour guides.
Please see my travelogues for photos of the Mayon trek.
Written Apr 14, 2012