Tramping in Taal

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March 9, 2014 by hallyrh

Remember how we were supposed to go to Enchanted Kingdom? Would you believe it was closed that day? We’ve been planning this outing for months but we totally forgot to check the operating hours of the theme park. Basic mistake! But we still consider it a blessing in disguise cause if it weren’t for EK being closed that day, we never would’ve detoured to Tagaytay and had one of the best days ever.

Our first stop was lunch at Bag of Beans, then we went to the Picnic Grove for their popular zipline.

At the Picnic Grove, we met to a tour guide offering Taal trekking packages. My workmates and I sweet-talked the guide into an affordable hike. He told us we could ride donkeys up to the crater but we told him we were willing to travel by foot. We really didn’t mind dust, dirt, and volcano ash.

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And so our guide booked a motor boat that would take us across the lake and onto the Taal Volcano.

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From the Picnic Grove, it took us around 15-30 minutes before we took a boat that crossed as to the mainland of the Taal Volcano. The boat ride took another 15-30 minutes.

From the Picnic Grove, it took us around 15-30 minutes before we took a boat that crossed us to the mainland of the Taal Volcano. The boat ride took another 15-30 minutes.

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After about an hour-long foot hike, we finally reached the crater:

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“Pulang Bato” (Red Rock) – a particular spot on the crater where the soil was pure red and the view was breathtaking.

We descended at dusk. By the time we reached the foot of the volcano, the sun has completely set. I will never forget how we crossed the lake in total darkness . It wasn’t pleasant, but definitely unforgettable, haha. I got home at around 11 pm, sooty and tired, but the bond I had with my workmates and the sights we saw were priceless.

Unplanned trips really do make the best memories.

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2 thoughts on “Tramping in Taal

  1. elmer says:

    Nice trip. Hindi ba pwedeng bumaba sa tubig mismo?

    • hallyrh says:

      Thanks for the comment! Dumaong po yung boat dun sa isla po mismo. Not sure if pwede sa tubig bumaba para makapag-tampisaw, if that’s what you meant. 🙂

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