There are many places on earth that look straight out of a fairy-tale book and Taal Lake in Tagaytay is one of them. This freshwater lake is home to an active volcano which often emits fumes. Considered to be one of the major tourist attractions in Tagaytay, this site holds a very significant place in the history of this area. Even though it is one of the smallest volcanoes in the world, it is also one of the deadliest ones. It has erupted 33 times since the 16th century and has caused major destructions in the surrounding area.
But, that shouldn’t stop you from exploring the corners of this majestic beauty. Because there are many bravehearts that measure this volcano on foot. In fact, hiking to the top is one of the most thrilling things to do in Tagaytay. An ideal place to get your adrenaline rushing, you must be well-prepared to make the most of your time. Pull up your socks, tie your shoelaces and plan a trip to Tagaytay to experience this once-in-a-lifetime hike. There are many tourists that choose to stay on the land away from the volcano. Do not be one of them! After you have reached the top, you will understand that every second of the expedition was worth all the risk.
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It is not very hard to reach the base of the volcano as it takes only 45 minutes to cross the lake by boat. This simple experience of crossing the greenish-blue water is made extraordinary by the breath-taking surroundings. It is a gripping though that there is an active volcano at the end of the boat ride and you are going to scale it! After you have reached the shore, you can rent a horse that will take you to the top, or you can walk up to the crater lake as well. It is advisable to start your journey early in the morning to avoid the scorching heat.
You will be welcomed by the spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding landscapes. Standing around the crater and looking at far-away mountains like Maculot and Batulao, will be etched in your memory forever. The sight of Taal Lake with the volcano in the middle looks out of the world. Quite dangerous and yet alluring at the same time, it recommended learning about the geographic features of this area before planning a trip. The easiest way is to use an online vacation planner to find all the necessary information. Talk to people who have already been to Tagaytay as they will be able to tell you more about the tips and tricks.
There are few things that you should keep in mind while visiting Taal Volcano –
- The road that takes you to the crater is usually dusty with volcanic ash. Keep your face covered as you might be allergic to this kind of dust.
- Wear comfortable clothes and footwear.
- Carry as much water as possible. It is hot and can be tiring than expected.
- Wear sunscreen to protect yourself.
- Do not wander alone if you are travelling around for the first time. And always follow your guide.