Difference between revisions of "Mount Pinatubo"
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Mount Pinatubo is an stratovolcano located on the island of Luzon, near the tripoint of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. It is located in the Cabusilan Mountains separating the west coast of Luzon from the central plains. Before the volcanic activities of 1991, its eruptive history was unknown to most people. It was heavily eroded, inconspicuous and obscured from view. It was covered with dense forest which supported a population of several thousand indigenous people, the Aetas, who fled to the mountains during the Spanish conquest(1521-1898) of the Philippines.
To reach Mt. Pinatubo from Manila, take a bus from Pasay or Cubao to Capas, Tarlac (2-3 hours, P190). Get off at McDonalds in Capas. From there, you can either take a direct tricycle to the Tourism Office/Starting Point (P300 per tricycle) or take a jeepney to Patling (P28) and then a tricycle to the Tourism Office/Starting Point.
At the Tourism Office, you can rent out an off-road vehicle with driver that will take you close to the crater (P3000 / vehicle, maximum 5 visitors per vehicle). Additionally, every vehicle is obliged to get a local tour guide (P500) and you have to pay an entrance fee of P300 / visitor. Thus, the cheapest option is to be in groups of five persons.