Mountaineering is one of my favorite sports and I’ve been climbing around 2-3 times a month during my high school and college years. I’ve been into a lot of mountains already but there is one that I truly love, and it’s Mt. Maculot! Why? I first met my wife here.
Mount Maculot is located in Cuenca, a small town Batangas. If you’re somewhere in Manila, you can take a bus in Buendia along Taft Avenue but if you have your own car, forget the bus thingy that I’ve mentioned.
Upon reaching Cuenca, you have to register yourselves at Barangay Siete, several meters away from the Mountaineers store wherein you’ll often see climbers taking a rest before and after their climbs.
A few meters more and you’ll see the trek going to the summit which is about 600 meter ASL. Upon reaching the campsite, prepare your windbreakers as the temperature there is a bit freezing. Always support your tent with a complete pegs, think of having a windstorm.
When you’re at the campsite, you’ll be amazed with the wonderful view of the Taal volcano and its lake while on the other part is a partly view of the batangas province. Be sure not to miss going in the “rockies,” at the northern edge of Maculot, it’s a cliff with a jungle down below.
If you’re thinking of staying for a couple of days but worrying about supplies, there’s a what we call 7-11 (a small store made of bamboo in the campsite run by locals), open 24hours.
For the water supply, you can go down a few feet in the east where water flows under rocks.
Sorry but I don’t have self-taken pictures to share, yet I stole one in the web:
Isn’t it a Paradise in the Philippines?