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 😉 ). So if you go to the Philippines, visit Bohol!
Have you been to the Philippines? What’s your favorite place there?
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. 😉
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. 🙂
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 “everything”) to towns surrounding the volcano. 🙁
It was a huge natural catastrophe.
Tarsier is a cute, tiny animal that lives in Bohol.
Apparently, it’s the oldest known mammal, called as the midget monkey of the Philippines.
Tarsier measures about 85 to 160 mm and its tail is longer than its body.
I love mint chocolate, so I had to write you this post. 🙂
Chocolate Hills in Bohol are “brown” during the dry season, other times they’re rather greenish, so they are “mint chocolate hills”. 😀 Doesn’t it sound delicious? 😉