Mt. Maculot – Day Hike

I had a great start of February when we decided to climb a mountain. Actually, before the actual day, it rained mostly on the southern part of Luzon so we had second thoughts to push through. But since all our stuff were packed, there’s no turning back.

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Look at us right there, hyped to climb hahahaha! (forgive me for the qualities of photos since my orig photos were deleted and now I have to use those photos which were uploaded on facebook, and it sucks!)

 

*Basic Information:
Name: Mt. Maculot or Mt. Macolod
Location: Cuenca, Batangas
Height: Summit = 930 masl. Rockies = 706 masl.
Difficulty: 4/9
Trail Class : 1-3
Guide : Required/ Mandatory

 

Tips on how to get there:
– From Manila Bus Station, ride a bus heading to Lemery, Batangas.
that’s 150php. Tell the Ticketing Officer to drop you off to Cuenca, Batangas.
– From Cuenca, Batangas, there are tricycle terminals which will directly head you to     the starting line of the mountain. that’s only 20php

 

The Jump off:
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(facebook quality sucks! really!)

Of course, we rented a Guide since it’s a requirement before you can climb the mountain. Our first stop is the Grotto, wherein you must pass the 14 stations of the cross to get there. We noticed that the trails were cemented and formed like a staircase. Some of my friends preferred it, but as for me, not really a forte.

1st Station of the Cross
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2nd Station of the Cross
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3rd Station of the Cross
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4th Station of the Cross
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5th Station of the Cross
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6th Station of the Cross
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7th Station of the Cross
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8th Station of the Cross
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9th Station of the Cross
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10th station of the Cross
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11th Station of the Cross
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12th Station of the Cross
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13th Station of the Cross
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14th Station of the Cross
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It might look easy to climb but it wasn’t even though it’s cemented. We reached the 14th station and managed to go to the Grotto.
This view astounded us
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You might think it’s the summit already, well you’re wrong. As Kuya Guide said, it’s just a warm up. This was the start of something new or should I say something harder hahahahha!

 

We really had a hard time climbing to the summit since it was muddy and slippery due to rainfalls of yesterday. So we really had to be extra careful on setting our next step.
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Plus, the stuff that we were carrying were adding to that so called extra challenge.
And hey! still we managed to do this pose even though we slipped many times
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We also met some little creatures..
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After heavy breathes, thick sweats, slippery moments, the ouch & oohs and two and half hours, we reached the summit from the Grotto
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Look at our fulfilled faces with please-don’t-climb-again-when-it-rained-expression-traces HAHAHAHAHAHA!
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Dabbing at the summit
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We also went to the Rockies
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And our shoes..
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From the look of our shoes, you’ll really notice that it wasn’t an easy peasy climb.

 

 

Our expenses:
Group of 6

Fare: 400php/person – 2 ways
Guide: 800php = 134php each
Food: Packed our own foods but we did bring extra money
If you wanted to take a bath or the nature is calling you after a tiring hike, there are restrooms available at the feet of the mountain.
that would be 20php.
And if you’re hungry, they are also offering Lomi, which the town of Batangas is known of.
That would be 50 php for the regular Lomi and 100php for the special.

So I think, 800php is the safe budget for one inclusive of pocket money.

Piece of Advice:
– 
Pack lightly
– Do not go for a hike when it rained
– Bring lots of water

 

 

Instagram snaps 

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For more photos, click here 🙂

 

It was really a memorable experience and a break from the city trip. I am thrilled that I did this on the start of the  year 🙂
Hoping for the next climb! Weeee!

 

 

 


For more infos, kindly email me charmainemaeesguerra@gmail.com or just comment down below 🙂

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