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Mount Pinatubo

Botolan, Luzon, Philippines
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Mt Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike
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Private Mt Pinatubo Trekking Tour from Manila
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Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano in the Cabusilan Mountains on the island of Luzon, near the tri-point of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. Before the volcanic activities of 1991, its eruptive history was unknown to most people. It was heavily eroded, inconspicuous and obscured from view. It was covered with dense forest which supported a population of several thousand indigenous people, the Aetas, who fled to the mountains during the Spanish conquest of the Philippines.
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Botolan, Luzon, Philippines
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My gf and I were on our fnal leg of our backpacking trip here in southeast Asia. We were in KL, had 2 more days to burn and were searching frantically on what else to do. Someone suggested a hike trip to pinatubo lake in...More

Thank Dany2019
Reviewed 1 week ago

The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, which remained dormant for almost 500 years, reaped havoc in the surrounding provinces of Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga. Its eruption is considered as one of the most disastrous volcanic eruptions of the 20th century. Its "lahar" continued to destroy...More

Thank CzarEmmanuel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Botolan, up the Zambales coast, now is the alternative start point for a 'drive and hike' to the site of the biggest volcanic explosion of the last century - its a 41 kilometre 4-wheel drive through rivers and sands to the start of the walk...More

Thank Bunny2Tanner
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I should preface this by saying we were visiting family and so had a local to drive us up to the beginning of the adventure so there was not an issue with language barrier. That being said, it didn't really seem necessary to communicate verbally...More

Thank SachiRex
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

This place has its own dark history. It may have errupted several years ago and had casualties along with it. But now It is already one of the most sought after spot to travel.The crater just provides you picture perfect background for photos pr videos....More

Thank Jack F
Reviewed 2 July 2017

This is a once in a lifetime chance to stand atop one a volcano that last erupted with devastating effect in 1991. The 4 X 4 trip to the drop off point for the trek is exciting, ours in a 1993 Toyota colonisation with an...More

Thank Nicholas C
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Located on the Mid-West of Luzon, Mount Pinatubo is a hiking opportunity that is not to be missed, if you are willing to travel. To avoid the worst of the heat, we left the BGC at 3am, and arrived in a small village at the...More

4  Thank Keith W
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

If you are an adventure then you love this. It's a long day action but worth the visit. The jeep journey was an adventure by itself and the walk up to crater wasn't that bad either. Loved it!

Thank raoflatiff
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Superbb location in Luzon, Philippines. The 4X4 ride was amazing. Requires 3 hours trekking to reach the cater.

Thank Satya B
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I've never visited a place so unique, beautiful and fun all in one day. A trek to Mount Pinatubo is quite the journey as for me it was an early bus ride from Manila to a small village. A connecting motorcycle taxi to the park...More

2  Thank Vickerym
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Dianne P
3 August 2017|
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Response from Nicholas C | Reviewed this property |
All the fees we paid were part of the package, so not sure how much they are. Certainly the department of Tourism has a much higher profile at the Botalan entrance along with mandatory health check for elders. You cannot... More
27 May 2017|
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Response from CraigG86 | Reviewed this property |
where is this office you speak of and why would you want to arrive at 2-3am? there are many buses departing Manila daily heading towards Tarlac and from there it's easy to get a tricycle from Tarlac to Capas, Tarlac which is... More
15 April 2017|
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Response from Mildred M | Reviewed this property |
Thats Ok the trail is easy its not really a rough climb, you will traverse about 4 or 5 streams, just make sure your footwear is non slippery, I was just using slippers when I went there. You can actually use your crocs in... More