plants of various types along hills continues to grow 17years after the major eruption. as the path becomes narrower, the vegetation gets denser. it's also a sign that we were getting close to the crater.
just soon after we reached the height overlooking the crater lake, we were simply awed by its majestic caldera forming a basin holding a cyan-colored lake. our effort was finally rewarded with a stunning view.it was my second time to see hike up this crater, yet it never failed to amaze me of how beautiful it is. definitely a wonder every Filipino should see.a hill partly sliced formed a viewing deck for the trekkers. down to about fifty feet is another site where one can spend time and be one with the lake's serene waters.we had our lunch down there and our guide lead us to our area, where there were less people. the main flat area was occupied by a large group of foreign tourists, who were already swimming as if they were on a beach.when i last visited the crater lake, we stayed there for an overnight but i didn't dare to swim in the lake. but this time, it was one of the reasons why i am trekking back here. it was time for me to swim the crater's lake.the cyan colored lake is tempting but you'll also realize that it is deep. just a few feet away from its shoreline is an abyss. i swam to just about a few meters and tried floating.next to swimming, i did took photos of the crater from different views. lighting was quite challenging because of the clouds passing over the lake. after two to three hours, we all assembled back and took our last shot as a group. it was one great trip to be with bloggers, photo enthusiasts and some new good friends.[what you shouldn't miss there]>>> the crater lake is absolutely the best thing there but try not to miss swimming in the lake's cyan colored lake.
[why i should go back] >>> to kayak around the lake crossing to the other side of the lake.trip rate:
mountain view: 5.0
lake view: 4.5
for more photos check out related posts of bloggers who were with us in the team:
"pinatubo 4x4 experience"
"trekking the crater lake"
"mount pinatubo trip"
"off to the crater"
"the crater lake"
this post is also dedicated to the rest of the pinatubo team:
Jonee (my high school classmate), Nico, Rowena, Dang, Agee, Manny, Kit, CJ, Ron, James, Jeff, Raymund, Kristian, Mike, Dayon, Rick, Meio and Luiza. i hope i got my list right. thank you for being part.