Taal Volcano Crater
It is very chilly in February and we wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to go on a light trek on a cold day. For me, this is actually the perfect time to visit places that don’t usually have a cool weather. You know, trekking is tiring and will make you sweat all over if you do it in summer. But of course, it all depends on your trip and availability. But, it is nice to visit Sagada or Banaue in this chilly atmosphere to enjoy the cold air even under the bright sun. We’ll get into that, but now, I’d like to share our visit in Taal Volcano’s crater. And this isn’t really planned at all. So, this is going to be fun.
Going to Taal Lake in Batangas
Unfortunately, we don’t really have our own car. So, we did some DIY setup and went on commute going to Tagaytay City first to check into our friend’s condo unit. You can ride the San Agustin bus from Pasay City going to Tagaytay for about P150. You can actually go directly to Batangas if you have a private van but we didn’t because we want to unload our baggage and have a fresh mind and body going to Taal early in the morning. From Tagaytay, we rode a tricycle for about 45 minutes going to Talisay, Batangas. We rented the tricycle for P1000 back and forth just to save time and avoid the hassle of looking for a ride going back.
When you are in Tagaytay, one of the best things to do is to eat Bulalo. Number one reason is they have the best tasting Bulalo, for me at least. Next is, Tagaytay is uphill, so, expect a chilly wind. And with a cool atmosphere, it is best to have a hot pot like Bulalo to warm your body up. So, if you are looking for the best Bulalo, visit Mahogany Market and look for
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The fried Tawilis is just a perfect combination to Bulalo. I’m getting hungry as I write this. But, seriously, they all taste really great and I want to go back soon! The cold wind and the warm soup are just perfect for me. 🙂
After the wonderful meal at Mahogany Market, we headed to Leynes Resort via a 45-minute tricycle ride. From there, there will be a short briefing of some important things to remember and terms of the tour package.
– P2000 for motor boat rental back and forth including life vest.
– P500 each for horseback riding going to the crater.
So, we took the horseback riding because it will be our first time and we’d like to try it. Riding a horse will take you to the crater for about 25 minutes. While walking will take you for about 1 hour.
After the 20-minutes boat ride, you’ll arrive at the starting point. Prepare yourself because there are no shower rooms and toilets as you trek to the crater. If you rented a horse, there will be a horseman to assist you with handling and riding the horse. So, you’ll be safe. But, be careful, because it’s really hard to ride a horse. Kinda painful in the groin area. 🙁
Taal Volcano and The Red Lava
When we arrived, we didn’t really expect a lot of people because we arrived early. But, I guess, there’s just a lot of people no matter what time of the day. But, it’s okay. You should be able to take a nice view of the crater and the lake. You can also visit the Red Lava for P50 entrance fee. This place has a greater view of the place. Also, there are fewer people here. So, you can definitely capture the greatest moments while on the highest peak.
After taking photos. You can have a rest at the souvenir shop where you can buy some stuff as a memento of your visit. They also sell fresh coconut as a refreshment.
It was a great experience visiting this place. I noticed that a lot of Koreans visit this place. So, make sure that you respect each other and enjoy the visit. I learned that this attraction is their main livelihood so, visiting will also help them with their everyday needs. Surprisingly, they have more than 500 horses that they take care of and train for a ride in this attraction. It was amazing that at a young age, people here learn to ride a horse. All in all, it was nice experiencing a horseback ride and being near the crater of a volcano.