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Address: Botolan, Luzon, Philippines
Phone Number: 639199349474
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano in the Cabusilan Mountains on...

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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Worth the long trek!

Due to the recent typhoon, the "shortcut" trail became unavailable and thus we had to take the long trail that would take around 2-3 hours one way. After the bumpy ride on 4x4... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First you should know that you can visit this mountain only as part of an organized tour. The cheapast way to do so is to turn up at Santa Juliana around 7 am to join another group. Best is to form groups of four because the jeeps each take 4 people. Expect to pay around 2000 PHP per person. If... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Due to the recent typhoon, the "shortcut" trail became unavailable and thus we had to take the long trail that would take around 2-3 hours one way. After the bumpy ride on 4x4, trekking on stones and streams under the sun, all of them disappeared when we saw the majesty of the crater lake!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I booked with Tripinas tours, very good price and a great day out. Pinatubo is simply majestic, the history and heritage of the place alone can grip your attention. I can't really review it too much, jist go see for yourself! Wear flip flops and bring plenty water and maybe a change of footwear...and your camera! Very rocky and uneven... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

I did the tour from Manila, which required me to leave my hotel at 1:30 AM To catch the shuttle at 2:30. If I did it again, I'd overnight in the village where you get on the Jeeps so that the day wouldn't be so exhausting. It was fun, and I would do it again, but getting up at 1:30... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

You start by going in a 4x4 for about an hour in a nice view, you cross rivers and fields, then the first part of the trek begins, you walk for about 2 maybe 2 and a half hours, the way is very beautiful and you get to meet the Ayeta people and their children (you can take pictures they... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

If you are planning to experience Mt.Pinatubo I highly recommend Ate Sonia Bognot She owns most of the 4x4 vehicle going up the crater and also a hotel. She can even arrange you Round Trip Land Transportation going to Tarlac and even your Meals for the Day with out the Overpriced Cost. You may contact her thru her cp# 0918-602-1943

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Paranaque, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Experience a 4x4 ride, an adventurous trek, and being rewarded with a spectacular crater lake. This is one of the best places I've been to.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

It was my first hike ever. Since I really don't have anything to do, and I am diverting my attention to different activities (soul searching) my attention was caught by mt.pinatubo with that "beautiful disaster" thing that one of the Filipino movies said. (I can relate to that) Such "a beautiful disaster" yah right it was never been an easy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is one of my favourite places in South East Asia and I urge every nature lover to pay a visit to this crater lake. It's nothing short of mesmerising. It's a relatively easy hike with minor altitude gain (I trekked Everest Basecamp earlier that year). I wished I could stay at the top longer. Pity we can't swim in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Traveling there took us some time. However, it was certainly worth it. Very special was the long Jeep ride through the caldera with up to 20m of sand on the left and right. Then there is a nice hiking trip and at the end you can go swimming in the volcano lake. It's actually not allowed, but not nobody seems... More 

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