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Excellent trip except the van was not waiting for me when I returned from the climb. They had to be called and I waited for about 30 minutes. The trip itself was excellent. I was picked up from the hotel at the designated time and the driver was excellent. The climb to the crater was not difficult but it was long. The local guide was very helpful fording the stream and the jeep ride from the drop off point to the trail was an experience. Of note, you need to attest that you are no older than 59 to be able to climb and your blood pressure is taken before being allowed to proceed. They do not check the age just accept what you document.
Firstly, this tour is not worth doing from Manila, its a very early pickup 4am, NOT 7am like in the voucher and you spend most of your day in a minibus 2-3 hrs each way. The guide we had barely spoke a word to us all day, and the expert guide for the hike didnt speak English at all. The guide asked us what time we wanted lunch, and we said noon, but he didnt inform us that you dont reach the summit until around 1pm and they dont bring lunch or any snacks for you even though every other guide we saw brought food up for his customers ours didnt. Its then 2 hours back to the minibus, and other 30 mins to lunch so we didnt eat until 3:30pm. They ordered the food in advance, and must have cooked it at that time because it was stone cold. But luckily we were starving by then and would eat anything. The 4x4 adventure was us crammed in the back of a jeep with 4 other people trying not to hit our heads on the roof while the driver went a breakneck speeds over rocks and streams. Fun for the driver, not for you. And the description is a complete lie, because its a local guy who drives the 4x4, NOT you. For the very high price of this tour we paid 250 CAD/pp this is a huge disappointment and rip-off. You can pay WAAYY less to go to Lake Taal for the day and its probably just as good. I feel cheated and would not recommended this tour to anyone.
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