Batangas is known for being the perfect destination for quick holiday getaways. The city’s proximity from Manila makes it the best place to be if you need to escape the hustle and bustle that makes the daily life in Manila.But now many know that besides the rich marine life that Batangas is home to, this place is also a treasure chest of peaks to conquer for those looking for some terrain action. To help you out, let’s take a break from looking down and under Batangas’ famous dive sites and instead look up to some mountains you can trek one of these weekends:
- Mount Macolod
Also known as Mount Makulot or Mount Maculot, this magnificent mountain is located in Cuenca town of Batangas province. Considered as one of the major tourists attractions in the municipality, it’s a staple peak to conquer in Batangas for both climbers and campers. Mount Macolod is adjacent to Taal Lake and is about 947 meters, making it the perfect spot to be in if you want to indulge yourself in amazing land and waterscapes. This mountain is also home to a high volcanic rock called The Rockies (which is about 700 meters), believed to make part of Taal Caldera’s crater rim.
- Taal Volcano
You can’t leave Batangas without experiencing Taal Volcano. With an astounding 33 historical eruptions, Taal Volcano is the second most active Volcano in the country but that doesn’t stop peak-lovers from taking this trek to get up close and personal to its main crater. The hike would take about 35 minutes by foot and is not as challenging as one would expect but if you’re not a fan of trekking the old fashioned way, you could always hire a guide and let a horse take you up to enjoy the view. Taal has over 47 craters with 35 volcanic cones but the most obvious cone ywhich is visible even from afar is called Binitian Malaki which last erupted way back year 1715.
- Malepunyo Mountain Range
Located between three provinces (Batangas, Laguna, and Quezon), the Malepunyo Mountain Range is an extinct volcano with three interconnected destinations (hence the name). The highest of these is Mt. Malepunyo with a peak of 1,002 meters above mean sea level, followed by Mount Dalaga (755 meters above mean sea level), and Bagwis Peak (710 meters above sea level). This mountain range is not just a popular hiking destination but also recognized as a famous source of Kopi Luwak, one of the most expensive coffees in the world. This peak is also perfect for campers looking to find solace in the arms of mother nature and be privy to a magnificent view of the sun setting and rising.
- Mount Panay
In the south of Taal is yet another volcano, andesitic stratovolcano to be specific, named Mount Panay. This is a low, forested peak that is 501 meters above mean sea level with the last eruption believed to be over than 10,000 years ago. Besides being a great place for hiking, Mount Panay is also an amazing destination for fishing-enthusiasts.
Once you’re done with your hikes, the perfect way to cool down after this adrenaline-pumping activity is to, of course, go for some sun, sand, and sea here at Eagle Point Beach and Diving Resort in Batangas!
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