riding on one of the 4x4 wheeler vehicles on the dusty rough terrain was really exciting but driving one will definitely be something i plan to do someday.while on our way to Pinatubo's crater, i again had the chance to ride one of the 4x4 wheeler vehicle. it was my second time to go to Mt. Pinatubo's crater. the last time was back in 2006.not much has change except that the new 4x4 route, which is also called the Skyway, has provided a shorter trekking time than the old drop off point.from Sta Juliana to the Skyway drop off point, where we get to register before entering the Pinatubo area, it took us about an hour and a half ride. it was my first time to take this route. our trekking time from the old drop off point was four hours and using the skyway shortened it by two hours. i'm sure frequent climbers will still prefer the old route as they'll find it more exciting to trek long hours.in our group, we rented five 4x4 vehicles along with the driver and our guides. bloggers Earvin and Allan were with me on vehicle four while Mel, Bryan and Scud were on the other vehicles. we were 24 in the group who are mostly professionals in the information and technology field.what surprised me was the number of foreign tourists, who were also trekking their way to the crater. during my first visit, with us were Koreans but this time most of them were Europeans.looks like more and more foreign tourist gets to discover the beautiful and scenic Pinatubo. [what you shouldn't miss there]>>> the view of the mountain range while driving along the skyway. this view cannot be seen from the long route which only passes along the canal.
[why i should go back] >>> to try to drive a 4x4 there.trip rate:
road quality: 3.0
mountain view: 4.0
next post is the trek to the crater lake and the the pinatubo team.