(This feature was published in WayToGo last February 14, 2016)
Escape the hustle and bustle of the Metro by heading out to one of these fascinating destinations in Luzon
Best for: Adventure seekers
The buzz: Lace up your hiking shoes and head to Mount Pinatubo for a taste of adventure. Standing tall at 1,486m, this active volcano is a popular tourist attraction, with a beautiful crater lake that formed after its last eruption in 1991. Sign up for a day tour, which will provide transport from Manila and take you on a thrilling 4×4 jeep ride across rocky rivers and ash fields. You’ll then have to hike for two hours to reach the crater lake — the going will be tough, but the picture-perfect views at the top will be worth your every effort.
Getting there: Three hours from Metro Manila by car
Tip: There are numerous group tours available, but make sure to sign up with a Department of Tourism-accredited travel agency. Rates are cheaper for big groups.
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