Philippines – Final impression

Mount Pinatubo, the Philippines

Today, I’m showing you the last picture from the Philippines.
How did you like my travel impressions in November?

The Philippines are beautiful and diverse island country.
You’ll find there many lovely places.
I fell in love with Bohol Island with its Chocolate Hills (and it’s not only because of the “sweet” name πŸ˜‰ ). So if you go to the Philippines, visit Bohol!

Have you been to the Philippines? What’s your favorite place there?

Philippines – Visiting Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano, the Philippines

To get to the rim of Taal Volcano, you can hike or take a horse. When I saw small horses on the island, I didn’t feel like riding them; I decided to hike and it was a good choice. The hike is not difficult, just be aware of heat (take enough water) and a characteristic smell (it’s an active volcano).

Before starting a hike, you’ll have to cross the lake using this interesting canoe (see picture).
Lot’s of fun. πŸ˜‰

Philippines – Hiking to Mt. Pinatubo

Mount Pinatubo area, the Philippines

Mount Pinatubo is still an active volcano and it’s intensively monitored, so the site seems to be safe for trekking.

Mount Pinatubo is located about 90 km from Manila, so it’s a great option for a day trip.
The terrain is beautiful and caldera lake is also very scenic.

The hike is not difficult, but may be a bit demanding at the end.
For me, it was only a bit annoying, that we had to cross water (seasonal rivers and lakes) several times on the way; but that depends on the season, how rainy it was.
Anyway, I can highly recommend this hike. πŸ™‚

Philippines – Eruptions of Mt. Pinatubo

Mt Pinatubo, the Philippines

Mt. Pinatubo erupted a few times in 1991, and then in 1992.
During its large eruptions, the volcano spewed out more than 5 cubic km of magma and sent an ash cloud 35 km into the air! (more info e.g., here & here )
Moreover, that time, there was also a typhoon that “helped” to spread ash (and β€œeverything”) to towns surrounding the volcano. πŸ™
It was a huge natural catastrophe.

Philippines – Mount Pinatubo

The caldera lake of Mt Pinatubo, the Philippines

Mount Pinatubo is a volcano located in the northern Philippines, Luzon Island, about 90 km from Manila.

There were huge eruptions in 1991. Before 1991, Mount Pinatubo was apparently dormant for about 600 years. And, before the eruption it was 1745 m high, currently 1486 m.

After this horrible eruption, a lake was formed in the crater. So in today’s picture, you can see the caldera lake of Mt Pinatubo (about 2.5 km wide, 85 m deep).

Philippines – Bohol & Earthquakes

Bohol, the Philippines

Unfortunately, also in Bohol earthquakes or tsunami may happen. However, it’s not so common there, because Bohol is quite well protected by other islands.

A very strong earthquake hit Bohol in 2013. It destroyed a lot in the island, even some of the Chocolate Hills!

Philippines – Mint Chocolate Hills (Bohol)

Bohol, the Philippines

I love mint chocolate, so I had to write you this post. πŸ™‚
Chocolate Hills in Bohol are “brown” during the dry season, other times they’re rather greenish, so they are “mint chocolate hills”. πŸ˜€ Doesn’t it sound delicious? πŸ˜‰