It was quite an experience leading the group of 40 individuals as their tour guide while I depended on my knowledge from research, online photos and briefing-orientation from the tour organizer back in Manila. On the other hand, facilitating the group was quite easy since our private van driver already know the drop-off location. And from the Pinatubo Spa Town center, the 4×4 jeepney drivers took over.
The 1-hour trip along the mountain ranges of the Pinatubo area on the 4×4 jeepneys were narrated here.
Upon reaching the stretch where the jeepneys can’t go, we started the trek.
We followed a stream up the mountains and passing a lot of boulders. We climbed a little more and viola! Just after 30 minutes of hiking, we’re atop the active Mt. Pinatubo volcano. We stood in amazement overseeing its majestic crater. The blue-green lake complemented the gray ash mountain on the background of a cloudless blue sky.
The scene was captivating. It was how the pictures told the story.
We had to descend from atop the hill where we were overseeing the lake to go to the base camp. The crater-lake was as wide as two football fields, perhaps.
Everyone was hesitant to swim at first, perhaps due to the piercing heat of the noontime sun.
We had our lunch first under the trees and later on, some tried swimming. I read online that the sulfur content of the lake water may cause some skin problems for the delicate-skinned. I’m not sure, the idea and articles had their own critics and counter arguments; but I swam nonetheless. 🙂
Anyhow, generally everyone enjoyed. Mostly through taking their awesome photos while some just because of the company they are with.
By about 2pm, we headed back to where the 4×4 jeeps were parked.
But of course, not without a group picture first. 🙂
The jeepney ride on the way back was just as dusty but we stopped over one Aeta community for a while.
Back at the Pinatubo Spa Town, the shower was greatly appreciated and capped with a glass of the town’s local halo-halo for ‘merienda‘.
Indeed, Mt. Pinatubo’s crater-lake was a sight that can leave a visitor captivated.
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