Things to bring
good trekking shoes
extra clothes and towel
insect repellent lotion
How to get to Taal Volcano from Manila?
1. From MRT Taft station, take a bus or van going to Nasugbu Batangas. Ask the driver to drop you off at rotonda circle of Tagaytay. From rotonda, you have 3 options: rent a van for Php 2000, rent a tricycle for Php 800 or take a jeepney going to Tanauan, Batangas public market. From there you can take another jeepney going to Talisay for Php 20+ The road from Ligaya drive to Talisay is kinda narrow, expect a bumpy but fun zigzag ride.
2. Once you reach the shoreline of Taal lake, you need a boat ride going to Taal volcano (Php 1500 roundtrip- good for 4). The first time we went there they charged us Php 1800, if they charge you that much, leave them and wait for them to chase you and drop the price. ;)
3. There is a docking fee of Php 20 per boat and tourist fee of Php 50. From there you can either trek or ride a horsey horsey. Horse ride is Php 500, if you want a guide, additional Php 250.
just another crater, most tourists mistakenly thought it's Taal volcano
since I'm not wearing trekking shoes, I had no choice but to ride a horse. It will take you 40-60 minutes to reach the top by trekking, 20 minutes by horse ride.
when you reach the top, drink fresh coconut juice. They also sell other souvenir items like T-shirts, hand-made stuff, food, etc.
I found a red rock, so cute!
Highest peak in Taal. Feel the rocks (be careful though, its hot!)
So steep! I'm so scared to walk coz I slipped a few times. You'll also see carvings on the red rocks like "John was here", "Mike hearts Bruno", etc.
Taal volcano is scary but fun to explore! When you look down, you will see some part of the water is boiling. It's like if you fall there, it could cook you instantly! I think some people are allowed to go down the crater coz I watched on TV long time ago that Kuya Kim Atienza cooked eggs in the crater. He also went to Taal to find out about Stegodonts (ancestors of elephants and mammoths), they were said to exist during the Pleistocene Era but were completely wiped out when Taal volcano erupted. Experts retrieved stegodont tusks in the area that further proved their existence. You see, you learn so many things from travelling. ;-)
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
– St. Augustine
This year, I will travel more! Philippines first, then the universe! Teehee!
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