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.
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.
MT. PINATUBO ITINERARY
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
TOTAL EXPENSES PER PAX PHP1590
*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
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.