A volcano within a volcano, Taal's beauty and uniqueness make it one of the must see sights in the Philippines. It is also one of the country's most active volcanoes, and most enjoy Taal from a distance on the tourism and leisure hub that is Tagaytay ridge. While the view from Tagaytay is truly picturesque, on this adventure we go deeper into the Taal experience by trekking into the volcano's main crater and spending the night inside. Only there, in the heart of the beast, can we appreciate the full glory of Taal Volcano.
As we explore the shores of Taal's crater lake and feel the volcano's barely contained fury, two questions are likely to come to mind: 1) Is this for real? 2) Are we crazy?* Leo Cuesta, Uncharted Philippines' founder, leads this adventure himself and has this for an answer to both: "Much more real and not much crazier than missing the real Taal Volcano by viewing it only from afar."
Taal's volcanic activity is well monitored and we check risk levels with the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) before and during every trip. Note that PHIVOLCS advises against entering Taal's main crater at any time and participants of this adventure go at their own risk. Participants need to sign a liability release waiver to join this trip. To learn more about the risks involved in visiting Taal Volcano, please visit the PHIVOLCS website. Should a trip be canceled or aborted due to safety concerns, booked participants will be given a full refund.
- View Taal Volcano from all possible vantage points: from afar, up close and from inside
- Explore the surreal landscape of Taal's main crater
- Spend an unforgettable night camping inside the Taal Volcano crater.
Day 1: Travel, trek and camp. We meet in Manila and drive to Tagaytay to get our first view of Taal Volcano. Then we head down to Taal Lake and take a boat to the volcano island and our little-known trailhead. After a steep hike up the slope of the volcano we reach the crater rim. From there it is an even steeper descent to the crater lake. On the way we pass steam vents, scorched earth and a raging pit of boiling mud. Our campsite is somewhere in this inviting landscape. The day ends with a spectacular sunset that marks the beginning of an unforgettable (sleepless?) night.
Day 2: Crater exploration. Today starts by visiting one of Taal Volcano's boiling springs and using it to cook eggs for breakfast. We then spend the rest of the morning exploring the shores of the crater lake and enjoying its alien features. Those who wish may take a dip in the lake's mildly sulfuric water. We break camp and hike out of the volcano in time for a late lunch back in Tagaytay. On our way back to Manila we recount our unique adventure even as we question our better judgment.
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