Written by Lady May Martinez
It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago the whole area surrounding Mt. Pinatubo looked desolate and forsaken. Its 1991 eruption had left thousands of homes, and properties damaged, ash covered the entire area, and lahar (rain-induced torrents of volcanic debris) buried people and animals.
In the years that ensued Mt. Pinatubo has become a must-see tourist destination. Tourists flock from all over just to get a first-hand glimpse of the breathtaking volcano crater.
To get there there is first, a tricky jeepney ride through a 16 km lahar road, that will bring visitors to the base of the volcano. From there, tourists take a 7 km trek to Mt. Pinatubo’s crater, while enjoying stunning views of hanging valleys, streams , and gorges.
The hour or so it takes to trek is rewarded with the majestic view of Mt. Pinatubo that unfolds before one’s very eyes. The waters in the crater 2.5 km lake are a beautiful blue green, and it is surrounded by lush greenery.
Guests can then spend their time lazing around and enjoying this wonderful view, or they can have a relaxing massage at the Pinatubo Spa Town, where they can experience volcanic mud therapies and treatments.
How to get there:
Clark is 80 km from Manila, and is an hour and a half drive. There are direct flights from Manila to Clark daily too. Mt. Pinatubo is 65 km from Clark International Airport. Tours can be arranged that will pick up visitors directly from Clark.