Santa Juliana Travel Guide
part of the trip can be done by 4x4, if...
local transport at Santa Juliana
Things to Do
Enjoy the final ascent to the Crater
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...
Continue towards the Jungles of Pinatubo
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...
Hike a piece of very messy earth
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...
Get your shoes soaked within 2 minutes
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...
Continue between the Walls
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...
Kick off at Santa Juliana Village
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...
Starting the Pinatubu Tour from Angeles City
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...
And then you HAVE to continue by foot...
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...
Push the vehicle as far as you can go
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...
Cruising the sand track
After some 15 minutes through the riverbed, we ascended at the other side, where we followed a beautiful sand track. The scenery was stunning as the dark clouds in the distance formed a great contrast with the sun lit white sands and eroded lahar walls covered with green...
From Santa Juliana following the riverbed
It was quite a change from the luxury new Toyota Camry to a rusty jeep remake that obviously had conquered the hardest of terrain for more than 25 years. I was in the front , while in the back was a heavy man shouting some directions to the driver behind the wheel. Although...
Would like to know who you contacted for the trip
"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
Updated Mar 26, 2007