One Mountain a Month: A 2018 Bucket List

There’s more to conquer.

The phrase an island within a lake that is on an island within a lake that is on an island often comes up whenever Taal Volcano is talked about.  Most people probably aren’t aware that you can hike up the country’s second most famous active volcano after Mt. Mayon! It’s also the smallest and by being small, it’s an easy climb. But you don’t have to worry about a volcanic eruption, the last eruption happened on 1977 and the volcano hasn’t erupted since.

How to prepare: The 45-minute tourist trail leading up to the crater lake is dry and dusty, face masks are important to let you breathe properly. The trail also has few offers of a shade so the hike should be done early in the morning to avoid the scorching heat. The climb is relatively easy and will reward you with a view of the legendary emerald green waters of the lake in the crater.

Tours: Hikes are offered by different hotels and other lodging places around Taal Lake but if you want a DIY hike, you can check out this guide here.

Other sights to see: Roam around Tagaytay and have your fill of food

JULY: Mt. Maculot, Cuenca, Batangas