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Taal Volcano, Batangas Province

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Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Taal Volcano remains one of Philippines' smallest, yet most active volcanoes with 33 recorded eruptions so far. Formed by previous prehistoric eruptions caused by the meeting of two tectonic plates, the site represents an observatory for studying and predicting natural disasters. Inside the caldera, you can find a freshwater sulphuric lake surrounded by over 40 overlapping cones and craters. Explore the natural wonders and thermal areas that envelop the volcano, and don't forget your swimsuit if you wish to take a quick dip in the lake. Plan to see Taal Volcano and other attractions that appeal to you using our Tagaytay holiday planner.
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  • So the first tip to travellers to the top of the volcano - don't take the pony. The climb is pretty easy; it can turn a bit muddy if it rains, but one has the lake to wash up in. Yes, it can get warm ...  more »
  • Seems a little distance, even ridden people walked the perimeter road overlooking Taal Lake, a pristine, is rich in nature, by motorbike taxi, will be down until the
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  • My course was rather unusual insofar as I didn't really know what was planned. My hotel was in Manila. I was alone (my woman don't like walking!) and I had the imperatives of schedules because I had to take a bus in the early afternoon in a different place than that of the starting point, the somewhat "difficult" client (or who knows what he wants). Fact is that I could find what I was looking for after a few exchanges of emails and several companies tested. My choice so stopped for Filipino Travel Center society I advocate after testing several companies: they are safe, reliable, punctual (except for the guide, I will return later). And no worries with my credit card (secured transaction). I would like to thank KIM for his professionalism, kindness and patience. Really, Bravo! She was very friendly and very competent. Actually, I had already posted this announcement when everything was still very clear in my mind but this site had refused because I gave the link internet, phones and all other practical information of society... The program: in principle, the complete lasts less than 8 hours. It took to agree. To start, I have a bit of the bargain the price because usually, tourists are in a group. For my part, I paid 6.450 Pesos all-inclusive (details below). You can easily drop the price to 3.500/3.800 per person by you together. The point of departure and return were different, so I took my luggage (Yes, Yes, I was going for a trek!). ;o) are planning a hat (or CAP), a bottle of water, and sunscreen. Of walking shoes are not necessary but avoid tap dance sandals, flip flops or other shoes in style. ATTENTION to the weather, if there is the slightest risk of Typhoon, it will be cancelled. A driver picked me up at my hotel in the Makati district at 5:00 in the morning to get through the plugs which are terrible in Manila: o () so I was alone with the driver in 4 x 4 Mitsubishi air conditioning in good condition with my suitcase in the trunk 2 interest to leave early: you avoid traffic road which is catastrophic in Manila and you make the ascent of the volcano when it's not too hot yet. We made a short stop in the city of Tagaytay City in order to enjoy the panoramic view of the Lake and Taal Volcano. I took a few photographs. I had declined the visit of the Church of the 19th century with its organ bamboo, pineapple and coffee planting... There was also a place or they remodel the Jeepneys (on this point, I regretted not going...). We arrive at the Lake around 6:30 / 7:00 or you offer me a coffee. The guide comes with more of 3/4 of an hour late (7:45) I let the driver who's waiting for me there and keep my suitcase. The guide and I cross the Lake in the direction of the Taal Volcano on a small boat pendulums, it lasts about 20 minutes. Require a lifejacket. Arriving (8:05), Aboriginal people want to rent me a Clipboard to help me get off the boat however I didn't need and I jump on the beach. Then, asked me if I want to climb to the top to horse (there are many small horses which you can rent with their owner, we don't let you them alone). I declined this proposal. This trek is rather easy. So I get only with the guide and I regularly stop to take photographs. Note that in this lake which forms Lake Taal, has 40 volcanoes and more on Taal (43.47, I don't remember!) in a very small area. Amount you can see some of them as well as many breeders of fish (which, seems, are all armed to avoid mowing!). Almost at the top, you will pass by a place or the rock is hot with light smoke (no risk noticed). At the top, you have a beautiful view on the Lake, on fish farms and, of course, on the crater. I buy a tee shirt (I all places or I makes me) plus another one for my wife and I head to "the Red lava". The entrance is 50 Pesos (only expense payable locally). So I go to another small Summit. On the way, I met 2 women who want to rent me a golf club to hit a ball in the direction of the crater. I declined, because I do not find that ecological and responsible. Arrived at the end of the trail, I actually see a red rock. This Rock has no interest however, the view is much more conducive to better photographs with a different and more sympathetic angle on the Lake which is at the bottom of the crater and on some fumaroles (it is possible to go down with another trek but, I don't know how to do. I just know that check out across the Lake). Visit, we descend and, before taking the boat, I buy new to the tee-shirts for my kids (more choices at the bottom). 9 h 35, we re cross the Lake. I give 200 Pesos to the guide. Note that I'm not paying the boat since it was already included in the package. Returning to our Wharf, I find my driver. 09 h 45 I drink another coffee... the survey was very early, but it was my choice. I am offered to sell me coffee, that was done with Civets. I know this coffee because I had already bought next to the Kawah Ijen on the island of Java (in Indonesia). I'm so buying a box. I don't remember the price but, it was between 1,000 and 1,500 Pesos. This coffee is very expensive in France, so the price is right. A little later, it brings me a breakfast: rice, chicken and a bottle of water (also included in the price). It's good and sufficient. 10.30 we leave for Manila and the driver drops me off in the District of Ermita (another district of Manila or I have to take my bus) as expected. I give you 300 Pesos to tip and we leave with a handshake. The return took about 3 hours (there are more traffic) in short, my program was customized with a departure and return much sooner than normal. I think they just get clients between 8:30 and 9:30. We could even be back early if the guide had happened) time. Quite familiar with South Asia, I had taken of the margin. I have noted, too, that serve a breakfast so early was not in their habits! ;o)) so, I realized this trek in staggered and one times. Overall, I was very pleased this morning. Starting 5:00 and return at 13:30. You will see on my photographs the weather wasn't to the to the appointment you for me, a part of the crossing of the return made under the rain! I recommend this trek which is within the reach of all. Note: If you do not want to get up so early, you can book a room in one of the hotels bordering the Lake.
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