Luzon Tarlac

Conquering Mt. Pinatubo

I was completely blown away by the stunning view of Mt. Pinatubo. Chyng Reyes is right; “it’s hard to imagine that something majestic can be destructive at the same time.” The journey can be exhausting but rewarding in the end. I thanked a friend of mine for dragging me to the most wonderful part of Luzon. The view was incredible and the experience was priceless. The lahar formations along the way were very impressive. Riding in a 4 x 4 wheel truck was exciting. It was like water rafting and the skill of our driver was indeed remarkable. “Ah..” Peace and Serenity Jon exclaimed. The crater’s view was marvelous! The photos don’t lie! My eyes feasted in the beauty of the crater and all my sweat dried out. Literally speechless! I considered myself lucky to experience Mt. Pinatubo at its best. Clear blue skies, turquoise water, professional tour guide and awesome group mates. Boats can be rented to explore the lake but Reyfi and I got contented and had fun swimming while enjoying every corner of the crater.

The fascinating view of Mt. Pinatubo. Photo by Jon Calumpit

Photo by Reyfi. So dramatic.

Interesting scenery along the way. Photo by Peter Canoy

Trekking.. Way to go!!

To the womb of lahar

WHoa! FInally. 😉

Alas! I made it! 🙂

Lunch. Fully Loaded. Thanks to Kuya Wendell. 🙂

Jon taking some spectacular shots of the crater

How to get there?
Take a bus to Sta Juliana, Capas, Tarlac via public transport like victory liner and drop off to Capas Public Market. Travel time is approximately 3 hours. Fare is PHP160. From The market, rent a tricycle or catch a jeepney going to Pinatubo Spa Town. From PST, you need to ride a 4×4 wheel truck for 45 mins then 2.5 hours of trekking since skyway is not available anymore.

Activities: Kayaking, swimming, exploring the lake and have a revitalizing volcanic ash spa treatment.

Essentials: Water, Trekking sandals, extra slippers, sunblock, sunglasses,scarf, hat, camera, extra clothes.

4 x 4 parking. Our turn to trek!


2:30 AM Assembly time. Victory Liner (Munoz P. Tuazon)
3:00 AM ETD to Capas, Tarlac
6:30 AM ETA to Sta. Juliana, Capas
7:00 AM Ride a Jeepney to Pinatubo Spa Town
8:00 AM 4 x 4 Ride
9:00 AM Start trekking
11:00 AM Picture taking/swim/Pinatubo Crater
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Exploring the crater
2:00 PM Start trekking
4:00 PM Ride a 4X4 back to PST
5:00 PM ETA in Capas


Victory Liner from Cubao – Capas: PHP320
Jeepney to Pinatubo Spa Town: PHP70
4×4 + tour guide (3500 good for 5) PHP700
environmental fee per pax PHP300
Lunch per pax PHP200


*Note: If you want to spend less than 1590. You can bring your own food. Wendell and the company provided us food and it was great though. Wendell arranged all packages including 4×4, tour guide and the food. You can reach him at +63919-6084313 Alternatively you can book through trekking Pinatubo

The gorgeous crater!

Truly, Mt Pinatubo is magnificent. It’s a must see attraction in Luzon. Make sure to book in advance and if weather is unpredictable, better postpone your trip. Surely, Mt Pinatubo is worth all the blisters, sweat and the dusty moment. Consider Mt. Pinatubo the next time you visit Tarlac.

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  • can’t wait for our next escapade together…

    • Riz

      IMY!!!! cant wait to travel with you again~ woot woot

    • Riz

      IMY!!! cant wait to travel with you again! ♥


    it’s still amazing! congrats pinatubo conquered you. ♥

    • Antonio Magno Carranza Jr

      nacurious ako—ikaw nagpatung-patong ng bato?kasi if you did, I will give you A for effort and diko na naisip pumulot ng bato dahil sa pagod sa pag-akyat nung kami.hahaha.pero namiss ko Pinatubo. akala ko dati ang crater ang main attraction pero 4×4 ride palang pala I AM HAPPINESS na! 🙂

    • Riz

      Thanks Sis! Idol kita eh. 🙂 Mwah

  • Bongga, Riz! I love the photos and, as always, your very helpful tips. Tweeting this out, it’s so pang-more fun in the Philippines. 🙂

    • Riz

      Awwww.. Thanks Tita! nakita q nga ung tweet mo. salamat! <3

  • gelaikuting

    huwaw sis! I love it! this is one of my bucket list… di matuloy-tuloy last year pa…hahayz! love the pics… Thanks for the tips 🙂

    btw, change mo na yong url ng link ko… I’m using
    Thanks! Happy Travel 🙂

    • Riz

      aq nga din lagi q gs2 pumunta ng pinatubo eto lng na2loy.. go go na sis!! wow nice! Na update q na ung link!

      • gelaikuting

        well, hopefully next year na siguro! arrgh..

        Thanks for updating, dun na ako nagpopost ng bago eh 🙂

  • Yehey!!! Wendell’s number saved! Im looking around for a companion for a long time I want to see pinatubo (I’m only here in subic) and last night somebody volunteered to go with me.. Hehe and I promised him I will researched a tour package how to go there.. Thank y so much for this post! 😉

    • Riz

      I;m sure you’ll have a great time! 🙂 Thanks din! Hirap tlga mag hanap ng mahila jan kahit aq nahirapan aq pero nagpahila na din aq. 🙂 Happy trip Sis! mwah!

  • Angela Lucas

    I wanna go there!!!!! I miss you! Galing galing ng blog! BTW, the photos are stunning 🙂

    • Riz

      THanks HAngeeelllaaa!!!! Go kau ni Bj!! <3 Enjoy kau sa Caramoan.. Mwah!!

  • i remember Pinatubo as my very first hiking adventure… congrats for conquering Pinatubo! Cheers!!!

  • Aww, you guys are lucky to see it in its turquoise color. It was murky when we visited.

  • Nice pictures..
    I hope i will be there one day…

    • Riz

      Of course you will! 🙂

  • viajeroonboard

    I’ve always wanted to conquer Mt. Pinatubo. I’ve seen a lot of great photos and read a lot of good stories about the place. Hoping to see conquer it soon. 🙂

  • Sana matuloy na tong pInatubo namin at sana hindi umulan muna…the the photos by the way 🙂