Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Taal Volcano Trip

*****Taal Volcano is a complex volcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It is situated between the towns of Talisay and San Nicolas in Batangas. It consists of an island in Lake Taal, which is situated within a caldera formed by an earlier, very powerful eruption. It is located about 50 km (31 Miles) from the capital, Manila. It is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines, all part of the Pacific ring of fire.

Well, our journey started with two of my HS friends and my long-time boyfriend. We went to Tagaytay to chill out but was convinced by manong waving his hands along the road to do the boat trip.

And there we were, at the foot of the volcano but it did not end there. We're a bit upset as we were not informed about the extra charge for the horse back ride (aside form the P1500 boat charge) which will bring people to the top of the volcano. 

We paid 600 each for the ride but per the local people, they actually charge 1500 to foreigners which is of course not fair to their end. 

My guy friends and I were guided by the locals, one guide for each horse. It was a bumpy and high-low kind of ride. All of us felt body aches, thirst and hunger upon reaching the top. There were few stores who sell drinks and chips but beware of the prices, 100% mark up seems not right but I do understand  how hard it is to bring the goods there.

But then, it was all worth it!!!!!

The view, serenity of the water below, having friends with you to cherish and appreciate this spot is equal to perfection :)

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