Trekking the world's smallest active volcano
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I have seen Taal trek being featured in travel shows here in the
We were heading to Tanauan, Batangas, our gateway to Taal Volcano, the world's smallest active volcano. It is famous for its unique geographical features. How many volcanoes sorrounded by a lake, and keeping another lake in its crater will you ever see?
It was a two-hour drive from south of Manila.
After an hour, we left the resort for the trek proper. A bangka (a small boat with 12-15 pax capacity) transported us to the volcano. It was a 40-minute sojourn along Taal Lake. Honestly, it was quite long for someone who's kinda have fear of depth specially of water; but the variety of fish and birds we saw, living all together in the lake, made it enjoying. I didn't even noticed we have already reached the foot of Taal.
As we got off the bangka, we were welcomed by the locals who were offering horse ride to the crater of Taal.
Throughout the 1 and a half hour trek, the weather seemed to be cooperating with us. The rain didn't fall which the locals say usually happens in the afternoon. It wasn't to shiny eaither, providing cool breeze for these mighty trekkers.
The trekking may be short but what made it hard was that the lone trail to the crater is common for both people and horses. You would need to be alert and see if there are horses behind, or coming your way, too. You just have to let them pass first. Remember, the ones riding them are tourists as well which means have limited control over them.
I also noticed there were lots of foreigners, mostly Koreans, doing the trek as well. There were a few Caucasians who, as expected, rather chose to do it on foot, unlike the others. Most locals i saw needed the horses' help, too.
It was sooo tiring when I reached the peak of the volcano. But the scenery was a sight to behold! The crater was simply enchanting! Crater Lake, which lies within
It was truly a rewarding experience to witness up close the impressive works of nature. I will surely come back to trek Taal Volcano in the future, perhaps with a fellow travbuddy this time. =D