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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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A breathtaking sight, fun adventure

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Who would have thought that a volcano which has caused massive casualties and destruction during its eruption would become a beautiful tourist attraction? I enjoyed taking pictures most especially of the mirrored image of the walls of the crater on the crater lake's water. Had fun riding the 4x4 going to the drop off site.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Very simple to reach: Bus from Manila or Angeles (Mabalacat terminal, 'DAU') and get off in Capas. In Capas take a tricycle to Santa Juliana (200Php one way). St.Juliana is a tiny village were homestays are offered. Try to call st juliana tourismCouncil 09064623388 one day in advance to make sure you can go with a tour the next day.... More 

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Levis, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A nice hike after a couple of hours of jeep in the kind of a desert for 32 km. A guide and a driver is coming with us. It is not expensive and this helps some poor people to get a very little revenu. But the landscape formed by the mud and the larva is very impressive and it's brand... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Going to Pinatubo to see its' wonder was never on my bucket list. After my trip, I asked myself why I did not even consider it as a viable option. I was dead wrong not to include it. So my friends, do not make the same mistake as I did. Mount Pinatubo; the view, the 4x4 ride going to it,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We arrived at the camp around 6 a.m. and we got dismayed on the poor scheduling of the personnel on the first base. We started to get our 4x4 truck at around 8 a.m. (2nd to the last to depart ), but Mt. Pinatubo Crater was really worth to see! Trekking part was fun and challenging. You will love to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Although it requires a big commitment to see. It needs to be seen. You need to plan to be in the area the day before because the latest visit to the volcano is 11am. It is very far from any hotels or B&B's in the form of a long drive in a 4x4 through the lava rocks and then a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

To be able to see Mt. Pinatubo crater has been in my bucket list since about 4 years ago but because of the trekking part my best friend was very hesitant to go. Until I was able to entice her last year with the promise of a mud spa after the trek:) However, when I was finalizing our plans already,... More 

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Manila
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

What makes Mount Pinatubo worth it is both the destination and journey. We start of at Santa Juliana jump off point in Capas, Tarlac (a 2-hour drive from Manila). We did our trip on a short notice without reservations. From there we rode a 4x4, the trip lasted almost 2 hours. You can ask the driver to stop and take... More 

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