(TriPinas’ van to Pinatubo)
How to Go to Mt.Pinatubo? Unfortunately, I didn’t go my own way this time just because my trip to Pinatubo keeps getting postponed and I booked this tour with TriPinas at the last minute. I sent messages to Jovi asking if she have a vacant slot for a solo traveller and she said she doesn’t have for that week. Thursday, when I could not accept that I would not be able to go on Saturday just because Jovi doesn’t have space for me.
(Pinatubo Spa Town is the Registration Point)
I seek the help of Google and saw TriPinas’ site, I called and ask if they have slot for one traveller, Ana, the cool owner of TriPinas said she has one more spot left and I have to deposit 1,000 pesos($20) which is half the price of the full tour ($40). I paid it the next day and sent her the form I have to fill up for the reservation. When I received the voucher, I know I’m bound to see my fantasy island.
TriPinas has a van to pick everyone at the meeting point in EDSA corner Quezon Ave. at Mc Donald’s. 3am was the meet up time and we left 4am, we were 2 vans in the that trip. Ana, was so cool and accommodating she owns TriPinas that offers tours to Pinatubo and Sagada (and I’ll do Sagada one day too). Here’s our itinerary for that day and the inclusions of TriPinas’ Pinatubo Package;
(The 4×4 Adventure and the amazing lahar formation view)
• round trip A/C van transfer (Manila-Pinatubo base camp-Manila)
• round trip 4×4 vehicle transfer with driver
• local guide
• conservation fee
• certificate of conquest
• service of a tour coordinator
Itinerary (old way)
0300 Assembly time. (McDonalds, EDSA corner Quezon Ave. close to the MRT Quezon Ave. station)
Breakfast and buy your lunch (at clients’ account)
0630 ETA Brgy. Sta. Juliana (base camp) to finalize prior arrangements.
0645 Board 4×4 vehicles.
0800 Start trekking (2 to 3 hours walking)
1030 ETA at the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. Swimming, taking of photos, lunch (at clients’ account)
1200 Start return trek
(2 to 3 hours walking)
1430 Back to the 4x4s.
1530 Back at base camp. Freshen up.
1600 Departure from the base camp to Manila.
1900 ETA Manila.
Optional add-ons :
Boat ride: Php 350/person (Only in January onwards when weather is better)
Packed Lunch: Php 250/person (must be pre-ordered at least 48 hours before the tour)
Massage: Php500/person per service (Full body or Volcanic ash or Mud pool)
Use of shower and locker facilities at the base camp: Php 100/person