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Into the heart of the Pinatubo crater

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A June 2010 trip to Philippines by manlalakbay

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Quote: A visit to the heart of a volcano.

Mount Pinatubo and Crater

Attraction | "Here's some rain for more excitement!"

Mount Pinatubo and Crater Photo, Luzon, Philippines
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The moment that we arrived at the crater, the sunny sky that greeted us in the morning has begun to thicken and darken. However, since the sun would occasionally shine through, we hardly thought it was something to be really concerned about.At around 1.30 in the afternoon, after we had our lunch and rest, our tour guides advised that it was best be heading back to avoid any problems should it rain. We took their advice, bade good-bye to the Pinatubo lake and started hiking.It was a bit of luck that I already changed into swimming clothes and the backpack that we brought had a rain guard because around a quarter of the way back the rain started to fall. At first, it was just ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2010

Mount Pinatubo and Crater

Luzon, Luzon

Mount Pinatubo and Crater

Attraction | "Just around the bend"

Mount Pinatubo and Crater Photo, Luzon, Philippines
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After we had a quick rest, the tour guides asked us if we wanted to go to the other side of the lake. We were told that the rocky, sandy shore was hot enough to boil eggs. We figured the sulfuric content must be high as well, which would mean it would be good therapy for our skin. LOL.To take the boat, each of us needed to pay an additional Php350 (a little over $7.00). Might as well since we were already there. All of us wanted to go through the entire Pinatubo experience. Going to the other side was definitely part of that!Our gang split in two groups again since each boat can only accommodate up to six people. There were four to each group with one guide each. Our boa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2010

Mount Pinatubo and Crater

Luzon, Luzon

Mount Pinatubo and Crater

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Attraction | "A crater of beauty"

Mount Pinatubo and Crater Photo, Luzon, Philippines
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Sweaty and probably stinky from the hike up the mountain, the gang gaped at the beauty of the PInatubo crater. Right before us as the majestic beauty of an aquamarine lake, encircled by several mountains. The morning sun that earlier beat upon us has been covered by thick clouds, a bit dark as if threatening to rain. Despite the overcast sky, the lake still shimmered in resplendent awesome-ness. The guide told us, "it can get more beautiful during summers because it can get very green." "Maybe," I thought to myself. But its pulchritude in summer hardly mattered to me. It was wonderful right before my eyes already. No use pining for it during another time.We ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2010

Mount Pinatubo and Crater

Luzon, Luzon

The walk to the crater

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Wrong spelling wrong Photo, Philippines, Asia
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Our group reunited when we reached the vehicle stop. It was time for us to trek together. Being always the hungry one, I took my pack of Nagaraya cracker nuts to eat as we started walking. No one seemed to share my enthusiasm for the crackers so I enjoyed it by myself. Our tour guide also served as our paparazzi as she kept taking pictures of our group with her pink camera. We were informed that the trek could take one hour to one hour and thirty minutes, depending on our pacing. With the way we kept taking pictures at every stop, I figured we would be taking much longer than anticipated.The trek started a bit easy with a wide road ahead of us. As we progress...Read More

The drive to the crater

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The package tour for our trek to Mt. Pinatubo's crater began with a ride of a four-wheel drive. Each vehicle can bring four passengers and a tour guide to the hiking site. My husband and I were with Risa and Nick in our white four by four. The weather was a little unpredictable. While the day started out a bit drizzly, as we made our way through streches of lahar, the sun was already beating down hard. What we actually call lahar is volcanic ash, remnants from Pinatubo's explosion in 1991. What used to be a rich expanse of agricultural land was covered with sulfuric ash. There is hope yet, with more and more plants growing. People are starting to try and plant crops in the lahar. ...Read More