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˜‰

Philippines – Chocolate Hills (Bohol)

Bohol, the Philippines

The beautiful hills you see in today’s picture have a sweet name “Chocolate Hills”.
Unfortunately, they aren’t made of chocolate. πŸ˜‰
They’re covered by grass that turns brown in dry season, that’s why people called them as Chocolate Hills.

There are almost 1300 hills in Bohol! Their height ranges from 40 to 120 meters.

Philippines – Bohol Island

Bohol, the Philippines

Bohol is a beautiful island.
Well, the Philippines have plenty of amazing islands, but Bohol is my favorite.
Bohol has a bit of everything, great nature, i.e, lovely beaches, hills (Chocolate Hills!), animals (tarsier).
Don’t miss it, while visiting the Philippines.

I think, Bohol is mostly known from Chocolate Hills; next days, I’ll tell you more about them. πŸ™‚

Philippines – Dynamite

Banaue, the Philippines

When I was going to rice terraces in Banaue, I had “unexpected attractions”. People were building a road, and using dynamite to destroy some rocks. I have to say, it was first time in my life, seeing something like that (today’s photo). It was interesting to observe it, but also a bit scary while hearing the explosions…

Philippines – Getting to Banaue

Banaue, the Philippines

When you want to visit Banaue, be aware, that you may have to walk a bit (or a bit more). I guess, it depends on the weather conditions, e.g., strong rains or landslides can make the path more complicated. When I was there, the road was under construction, so our walk was even longer than usual.

Philippines – Banaue

Banaue, the Philippines

Banaue or the Batad Rice Terraces and Bangaan Rice Terraces is an amazing site with rice terraces, listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Some people even say, that it’s the most beautiful place in the Philippines. I’ll show you my favorite site soon, it’s not Banaue, but Banaue is definitely a must-see in the Philippines.

Philippines – Manila

Mt Pinatubo, the Philippines

Manila is the capital of the Philippines and it’s its the most populous city.
I guess, the majority of tourists enter the Philippines in Manila and then visit the capital.
I didn’t have so much time in Manila, however from that what I’ve seen, I wasn’t really impressed. But, it’s a good starting point for many trips.

Philippines – Visa

Taal Volcano, the Philippines

When I travel somewhere, I’m always happy if I don’t’ have to deal with the bureaucracy to organize a visa. Well, sometimes it’s very easy to get a visa, but for other countries it may be very problematic.

To enter the Philippines, many nationalities don’t need a visa; and can stay there up to 30 days. That’s very convenient. πŸ™‚

Philippines – Jeepney

the Philippines

In the Philippines, you’ll see many of these funny, colorful cars. They are very popular, not only among the tourists.
They’re made from US military jeeps left over from World War II.
They are called Jeepney.

If you’re in the Philippines, you just have to take a ride with Jeepney. πŸ™‚
But be aware, they may take many (tooooo many πŸ˜‰ ) passengers, even over 50!