"Mt. Pinatubo" Capas by mlt_t
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Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac
This advisory was came from DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM?
?"There is no education better than the lessons of travel?. This is a century-old Chinese philosophy that fits well into the package of an adventure-laden travel plan of people who are bound to take on a daylong or overnight trip to "higher"education.
What you carry in must be carried out?leave only your footprints
When preparing your own short list of exciting places to go to, consider what many people have already gone through: that of scaling the medium heights of MT. PINATUBO via Tarlac route. As many of those who have already made it would say, ? it is a moderately high impact adventure type of travel yet filled with nature?s educational endowment made possible by its geophysical transformation and most of all its beauty and tranquility unparalleled by no other place of its genre?
THE MT. PINATUBO ADVENTURE
Instead of hiking or mountain climbing our way to the destination, we went to Mt. Pinatubo in a 4x4 Ford Expedition. You have to use an all terrain vehicle because you'll encounter rough roads that ordinary cars can?t use. I would like to share with you our adventure in this world famous volcano... an experience we will never forget for the rest of our lives.
Some Procedure and ideas you need:
Log-in Procedure/ Fees to pay:
When you reach Brgy. Sta. Juliana, be sure to drop by the visitor assistance center near the barangay hall. You will be welcomed and given a briefing by the officers of the Sta. Juliana Tourism Council, Inc. sign up their log book for your own safety. View its photo exhibit of previous treks and pay a conservation fee of 20 pesos only per person. Be sure to hire the services of a DOT- accredited mountain guide at 500 pesos per group of 5 tourist (or at 100 per person only). You may also hire the service of a porter at the same rate. For overnight travel, guide fee is twice the rate above. Pinatubo postcards are sold at 20 pesos each while a Certificate of Conquest cost 50 pesos per tourist. Follow strictly the conservation guidelines found in the flyers (e.g. no swimming at the crater lake, no camping on the crater site, no alcoholic beverage, be sure to carry your own garbage, camp out only on designated areas away from the waterway, etc.).
Timing is important (don?t delay):
For day tours, guest should be already be on the road from Clark main gate at 5:00 in the morning onward to Capas, Tarlac (those coming from Manila, you may stay in a hotel in Angeles City the night before the trip to be up early the following day if you like). You may reach Brgy. Sta. Juliana in Capas at 6:30 a.m. Login procedures, briefing and extra preparations take about 30 minutes, by 7:00 a.m. you?re on your way to O?Donnell River. A PAF squadron is on guard to ensure your safety (always take a local guide with you). You reach the campsite at Sitio Dapili by 8:00 a.m. you will reach the crater by 11:30 a.m. take 2 hours of rest and make a peace offering to Apo Namalyari. At 1:30 p.m. you should be on your way down by 5:00 p.m. you shall have returned to Brgy. Sta. Juliana for an ice cold drink.
Log out procedure:
On your return trip to the barangay, drop by the visitor center and sign out their logbook. Extra shower and toilet facilities have been constructed for the convenience of travelers. Give your donation for their local conservation projects. Try their local souvenirs. Drive back to Clark. You will be there by 7:00 p.m.
For more information you may contact:
Department of Tourism-RIII
Paskuhan Village, San Fernando, Pampanga
Tel. Nos. (045) 961-2665/2612
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