February is so far full of adventures and I am so excited to write about it. I’ll start first with one of the hardest adventures I’ve been, 2-day trekking to Mt. Mauyog and Mt. Manunggal in Balamban, Cebu.
I was very excited because I was invited by fellow adventuregrammers @vivomigsgee, @iamjumper and @kimvillafuerte. I know that I will have great great photos for my instragram too! Lol
We departed Ayala Terminal at 11 AM riding V-Hire for P120. The V-Hire will take Transcentral highway and will pass to Busay then Balamban that took almost 1 hour. Tell the driver to drop you to the jump off (they know where it is). It is on the right side of the road.
We arrived around 12 noon and I’m starving. Good thing we had bread to eat something because we planned to take lunch in Mt. Mauyog’s peak.
From the jump off, we rode a habal-habal for P50 to Brgy. Sunog where we also asked a kind favor to some locals to leave our bags while we trek to the peak of Mt. Mauyog. And luckily, they are very hospitable to let us leave our bags and secure them.
UPDATE: Implemented last March 2016, all climbers shall log in to the Registration Area just a few meters away from the jump off with P 10 fee. Also, there should be a local that will guide you to the peak. Price depends on negotiation between you and the guide.
So we brought our lunch and drinks and started the trek!
It is really hot during that time and we did it for less than 30 minutes. Mt. Mauyog is rocky. The rock formations were stunning and dangerous. They’re a bit sharp that could cut your skin. I do have some mild scratches from twigs and rocks. I could say that it is almost at par with Mt. Kapayas’ assault to the peak (almost because there was no kiss the wall in Mauyog).
Just below the peak, we found some shady area and finally got to eat our to-go lunch. 15 minutes later, we kept our trashes and brought along with us to the peak.
WOW! I was really mesmerized by the rock formation and the view of the peak. The brain-like rocks are simply breathtaking!
Unfortunately, the peak does not offer 360 views because of the tall trees in the middle but it has two sides that you can go to. So we took our instragrammable photos, blogger poses and many photos (that’s what we do when we adventure :D). We really enjoyed the view. It’s one a kind. After few minutes, we went to the other side of the peak and took pictures, of course.
Here are some of our photos in Mt. Mauyog.
After an hour of enjoying the mountain, we went down and looked for a store to drink soda because we were really thirsty (it is so hot during that time).
There we found a small sari2x store and drank icy cold sparkle. So refreshing.
One of my friends asked if there is a nearby falls in the vicinity and the locals said there is and out of excitement we nodded to go and enjoy too!
We took hills and farms to go to the falls for around 30 minutes. But instead of being happy and alive because of the waterfalls, I was saddened because it was devastated by road construction wastes. The waterfalls, before it was deep and clean, now full of sand remains. So sad to see. However, still, the water is cold and refreshing.
Summary of Itinerary so far:
11 AM – Departure from Ayala Cebu
12 NN – Arrival at Balamban Jump Off
12 NN – 12:30 PM – Travel to Brgy. Sunog, Balamban
12:30 PM – 1 PM – Trek to Mt. Mauyog
1 PM – 1:15 PM – Lunch
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM – Enjoyed Mt. Mauyog’s Peak
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Trek down
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Rest
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Trek to Mauyog Falls
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Enjoy Mauyog Falls
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Trek back to Brgy. Sunog
4:30 PM – Departure to Mt. Manunggal
Summary of Expenses so far:
V-Hire from Ayala Terminal to Balamban – P120
Habal2x to Brgy. Sunog – P50 each
Guide to Mauyog Falls – P50