Monday, June 13, 2011

Mt Pinatubo: The Crater lake and Caldera

After the eruption of Mt. Pintubo in 1991, it formed into magnificent tourist attraction enjoyed not only by the mountaineers but also outdoor enthusiasts. The turquoise color water of the crater is really unique and extraordinary. You can take a dip and bathe to refreshed up after a long hours of trekking. The water is safe and has content of sulfur. If you have very sensitive skin, don’t take the risk just do other activities like boating and kayaking.

How to Get There

You can take a public transport (bus ) going  to Ilocos Province, Pangasinan, Baguio or direct to Tarlac and drop off @ Capas Public Market. Travel time is 3-4 hours depending on the time of travel.

From market, you can take a jeepney or trike going to Pinatubo Spa Town in Sta. Juliana where Tourism Office and base camp of Capas Pintaubo Four-Wheelers Club Association are situated. You need to register and pay the Environmental Fee  (Php 300) as well the guide fee (500 for 5 persons) and  rent of a 4x4 jeep (2500/5 persons).

4x4 Adventure

The 4x4 ride takes about an hour on the old way or one and half hour  going to the Skyway Route.  The  4x4  jeep is open so expect to be dirt from dust and mud, and  bound to be wet when it rains.

Jump-Off Point

There are two jump-off  points going to the Mt. Pinatubo's Crater. The old way is about 2-3 hours trekking and the Skyway jump-off point 45-60 minutes trekking. At present, the Skyway route is under construction so you need to take the old way.

  • It's advisable to go in Mt Pinatubo during summer from April-June to be amaze on its blue-green water.
  • You can surf on net to some groups or organizations who are organizing group package Pinatubo Tour for more budget trip.
  • You can also avail the package tour of  Mt. Pinatubo Town Spa (+63928 3410402/(63-45) 493-0031) and Capas Pinatubo Four-Wheelers Club .
  • Travel in a group  ( 4x4 vehicles/ 5 persons)
  • Use rubber shoes instead slipper because the trail is too rocky and slippery. But expect your shoes will be wet
  • Bring a trail food and 1.5 liters of water (more trail water and food when you use the old way jump- off point)
  • Don' forget to bring extra set of clothes and sunblock because the 4X4 is open.
Part I- 4x4 Adventure  Part II- Mt. Pinatubo Trekking Part III Mt. Pinatubo The Crater and Calendra


  1. We had a massage after the trek (P500), highly recommended! Would love to be back there when the crater lake's turquoise again :)

  2. so sad.we were running out of time and i'm not able to tried  their massage. According to my friends who had been in Mt. Pinatubo Spa Town,, it's really recommended..

  3. Beautiful, beautiful place. I'd love to be there. :)

  4. You already! Gandwa ng crater lake. You said the water is safe pero my sulfur? Dangerous yun db? Till where ang 4X4? May bonggang bonggang hiking pa ba to the crater? Baka di na kayanin ng thunderbird like me. :)

  5. safe namn ang sulfur sa skin... wag ka lng iinum ng water from the crater..pero kung may sensitive skin ka..i think magtampisaw ka n lng rather than to .di papala  aus ung sky malau laung lakaran ang gagawin mo.. kahit sasakay kau ng 4X4 you need to trek pa rin going up to crater

  6. you need to go there..the crater lake is really amazing..

  7. it's really worth it... you must go there... it's a great adventure

  8. Ah, another Pinatubo post. The pictures are so inviting, I hope I can go there this year.

  9. Wow beautiful place! Will plan Mt. Pinatubo trekking na rin :)

  10. Wow, the lake is beautiful! :D I haven't gone to a trekking adventure yet. But if I'll do soon, I'll make sure to pay this place a visit.

  11. My German friend wants to go there. Can I share this to him?

    Our Sumptuous lunch @ Cyma

  12. Mr. Batang Lagalag, your photos are amazing!

  13. Nice photos! I hope I could go there soon. :)

  14. your photos are lovely! I want to go there too!

  15. Awesome photos! I'd love to go there, too! 

  16. Ang ganda ng color ng tubig. When we went there, very cloudy kaya almost gray ang tubig. :(

  17. yap the color of the water is super beautiful and really amazing.. sayang nman..di nio nakita ung pag ka turquoise na kulay ng water .. don't worry there's always next time



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