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Mount Pinatubo

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Address: Botolan, Luzon, Philippines
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano in the Cabusilan Mountains on the...

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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What a Trek!

I was really glad to have done this trek to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. It was a request from my Son who wants to go hiking and my wife suggested to go here and she was right. It... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was really glad to have done this trek to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. It was a request from my Son who wants to go hiking and my wife suggested to go here and she was right. It is quite exhausting and all the effort was worth it. A very scenic route and I got a lot of good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It can get very warm so i recommend an early start for your trek.The 4 wheel drive to the start of the trek is fun and scenic. You will cross water, climb up steps, climb over rocks so a certain level of fitness may be required. I was able to camp for the night at the crater which was amazing.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fairly easy trek just a little hard on the ankles due to the rocky trail. I trekked with seasoned hikers, and was told that the trail changes every time they visit due to the erosion of the walls of the dead volcano. To get there, you need to ride an enjoyable rough ride with a 4x4 open vehicle. The crater... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great retreat with colleagues. The place is located 2 hours drive + 30 minutes boat. I really enjoyed my 4 hours hike (return)! That was really fun

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Bangkok, Thailand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our trip was cancelled as a result of bad weather meaning a river was impassable. This was a very sensible decision however; the rising water level was attributed to a storm surge. This was not the case, there had been high winds that morning and these were evident on arrival at base camp, prior to that there had been heavy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trek is quite rugged and takes about 1 and a half hours to get to the top. The views from the crater are breathtaking but you can't swim or boat across the lake.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great day trip. Booked through Filipino Travel Center. Excellent van and driver. Pick up at 3:30 am in Makati (it can be HOT at Pinatubo--go early). Driver MC arranged everything well. Very good 4x4 drivers for the trip up the river. Guide Aron really good. Then the 7km hike up the canyon to the crater rim. Beautiful views all the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With reagrds to the trip expectations and our organizing operator (Alvin Pinatubo Guesthouse), i have no complaints at all. The crater lake is beautiful and Alvin's was a pleasure to deal with. So, why 3 stars? Having climbed the Mt. Pulag Akikli trail, completed a strenuous 3-day Bauaue rice terrace trek, and done caving in Sagada, this was a bit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The second most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century was that of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. I had long wanted to visit and pay tribute to this active stratovolcano of a monster. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end - Why focus on the seemingly negative? we hiked to the volcano's scenic summit crater to witness... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Did a self guided tour to Pinatubo with my own 4x4 and couldnt get as far as the local driven 4x4 which are hired at the entry to crow valley, some great driving, but best to go with the 4x4s which can be hired. the landscape is great and varied making for a great hike which is not too demanding.... More 

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