When 2013 was about to end, I decided to make 2014 a travel year for me. Collecting memories kumbaga. I even have a “gala planner” spreadsheet to plan my travels better. But I wanted my travels to be physically draining as well, so I decided to start trekking.
First on my bucket list is Taal Volcano. Since my friends and I were first-timers on mountain climbing, we wanted to try a “baby bundok” first, which we later realized after the trip that it was not a baby anymore.
We all left Manila at 4:30 AM, which is actually quite early since we live in the south. Confident as we are, we decided to have a breakfast along SLEX, and finally left for Batangas at around 6:30. We went there via STAR Expressway bound to Tanauan, Batangas. If we only knew that Talisay is also celebrating its fiesta on the weekend that we went there, we should have gone earlier. But rather than sulking due to the traffic caused by the parade, we just enjoyed the festivities and talked to the locals there.
Enjoying the fiesta traffic with our contact Angelo
Enjoying the fiesta traffic
We arrived at Soriano Resort at around 8 AM. We immediately signed the manifesto, and off we went to the boat that will bring us to the Volcano Island. Upon arriving there, we paid the environmental fee and we started the trek immediately.
We asked the locals there how long will we be walking to reach the top. According to them, the minimum time is 45 minutes. Since we had many stopovers on our way up, it took us 2 hours to reach the summit. We decided not to rent a horse since it would defeat the purpose of trekking.
The halfway marker
Horses are available to make the hike easier
The way down was a breeze! I think it only took us less than 1 hour to go back to the jumpoff. The only challenging part there was avoiding the horses since it seems that everyone wanted to reach the top faster because of the scorching heat of the sun.
IMPORTANT TIPS AND REMINDERS:
- Bring extra clothes and slippers/shoes as this is going to be a very sweaty and dusty climb.
- Bring lots and lots of fluids. The hike and the heat will definitely drain all the water in you.
- Bring light snacks so you have something to munch on.
- Don’t forget to bring your camera with you. If possible, have some gadget protector to guard your gadgets from the volcanic ashes.
- Bring something that can protect you from the sun. I haven’t had any sunburn since birth, and I had one after this trip. Yabang kasi e! Never underestimate the power of the sun.
- Climb early in the morning to avoid the scorching afternoon sun.
- Bring a face mask or bandana. Again, this is going to be a dusty climb.
- Equip yourself with positive energy and fighting spirit that you can do it! 🙂
Contact: Angelo (09197280514) – Boat Rental