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Address: Botolan, Luzon, Philippines
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: 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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It was a DIY going to the Mt. Pinatubo to see what crater looks like. A few hours away from Manila, my cousin, her boyfriend and I went there as our first 2015 summer getaway. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Makati, Philippines
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

It was a DIY going to the Mt. Pinatubo to see what crater looks like. A few hours away from Manila, my cousin, her boyfriend and I went there as our first 2015 summer getaway. We were all excited not just to see the crater but as well as to try the 4x4 ride. From jump off, it is roughly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Make sure to go there early so the weather is nice and cool. It's nice for beginners to try since it's pretty easy. Just make sure to wear proper attire for the hike. We started at around 6 or 7 am and we had lunch at around 2pm. This included the 2 hour ride to get to the start of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We choose a private guided tour. The trip up the river valley was in a jeep and the final walk was longer than expected as the recent storms had changed the river course preventing the jeeps going further. The views at the crater were well worth the walk. Be prepared for all seasons as there is little protection in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

For my first hiking trip, I went with my officemates. Mt. Pinatubo did not disappoint. From Manila, we hired a van that would take us to the base of the mountain. A 4x4 ride will take you across a vast expanse of barren lands, leading you to a long walk (but you can opt to take a shorter walk). The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Definitely a very good excursion! Started with 4x4 ride to base and walked the 5km walk to crater. You can do a shorter walk but we enjoyed the walk a lot and it's not difficult at all so go for it! Views at crater are breathtaking!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It is said that this is the world's most violent and destructive volcanic event in the 20th century that led to the evacuation of thousands of people from the surrounding areas, damaging properties, infrastructures and changing the river systems months to years after the eruption. Now, it has been one of the prominent, visited tourist spots in the region. After... More 

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Bacoor, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Advertisement for Mt. Pinatubo trek: "Mount Pinatubo is part of a chain of composite volcanoes along the Luzon arc on the west coast of the island (area map). The arc of volcanoes is due to the subduction of the Manila trench to the west. The volcano experienced major eruptions approximately 500, 3000, and 5500 years ago. The events of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We booked a tour with tripinas for 2k. This came with the van that will take you to the drop off, the 4x4 truck and your tour guide. It was worth the money... But I'm not here to talk about that. I'm here to talk about this massive volcano. I love to hike so I opted out for the longer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We took the Mt Pinatubo tour with Tripinas. The tour organizer, Mr. Tee was very organized, professional and pleasant. This tour met at Mc Donalds El Pueblo at 330 am and departed for Mt. Pinatubo in an air conditioned bus. Being on time and mindful of the a printed schedule is important since there are certain access points that are... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We hired a car to drive to the new hike trail and hiked for around 20 min up to Pinatubo. The hike is easy and short and therefore good for anybody. The area up in the crater is beautiful and you feel like you are in a different country. They keep the environment save and clean. Unfortunately you can't go... More 

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