The final ascend is short - around 30 minutes going up - and never really steep. The surface is rocky and slippery, so you need to step carefully as you don't want to risk any foot injury here.The route - it's hard to speak of a path - is mostly overgrown and therefore pleasantly shaded. Surely your expectations rise as this natural beauty...more
Quite unexpected, the surroundings change surprisingly. It's just 45 minutes to the Crater and finally, the mountain allows some low vegetation to grow on its ravages. It was hard to temper my enthusiasm and I wanted to go up as quick as possible now. But my guide declared a rest and took a bath in the ice cold stream to prepare for the final...more
After passing the gorge, you can see part of the Crater Wall in the far distance. It's around 2 hrs walking from here. For around 1,5 hour you follow once more the riverbed, but by foot now...It's quite a dramatic scenery here and the surface is everything but smooth. Lava stone, sands, dead trees, numerous streams that you have to cross, even some...more
The first 10 minutes of the hike might worry you if you think this stretch is representative for the rest of the ca. 7 km route to the Crater. Indeed, the passage is narrow here and the water had looked nothing special before but suddenly became a raging steam. We had to cross it so all our plans to keep the shoes dry were destroyed. At the other...more
The track lead to a tiny village, but that’s not what we were after! So we drove down back in the riverbed again that became more and more difficult to navigate. On both sides were those towering walls and I tried to imagine the horror scene at the time of the eruption. I had seen a documentary on NGC where scientists speculated for how much longer...more
Like me, most tourists arrive in the village of Santa Juliana to kick off their trip. You have to register at the Visitor centre where you can discuss your wishes. A trip normally consists of some 4x4 rental for a certain distance and a mandatory guide.The following options are most common:1. use 4x4 as far as you can reach, followed by a 1,5 – 2,5...more
Until 1991, Mt Pinatubo was just an average mountain that was hardly heard of. In 1991, it fired more than 300 meters off its peak into the sky and changed the landscape forever. Fifteen years later, its crater is peaceful and a beautiful 850 meters deep water hole that attracts tourists and weekend trippers from Manila alike. Tourism on a...more
Then we reached a steep slope with seemingly no passage. We parked the jeep on the platform in front of it and prepared for the remaining part by foot. Stored 2 liters of water and the packed lunches that we brought along, in my backpack. The Embassy staff had also arrived and I saw they carried heavy mountain boots on their feet. The boots were...more
The last part of the 1,5 hr 4x4 journey became even rougher and the driver had to deploy all his skills to push the vehicle forward. In many parts you cannot see the surface due to knee deep water and big rocks were definitely a threat. In one bend, the riverbed narrows to a mere 20 meters from the usual width of around 150 meters, causing some...more
"I was planning to visit Mt Pinatubo while there, then I found
your page. I would like to know who you contacted for the trip"
You might have done your magnifcent journey up to the Crater already when you read this, but in case not just let me give you the contact I used in Angeles.
Actually I booked through an agency but the guy who was basically doing / arranging the tour said he gives 10% discount if you book directly with him as he would save on the agent commission. That said, you can still do quite cheaper if you go to Santa Juliana on your own and organise from there on the spot. For me however, I was happy to have all smoothly organised from Angeles because I had only one day for this tour, and the locals there hardly speak English.
So this is it:
Galaxy Rent A Car
Arnel R. Alonzo
Tel: 045-3221537 / Cell 0927-6352564