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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pico De Loro – Things You Must Know Before Going There

Pico de Loro is a popular destination for people who are fond of mountain climbing and hiking.

Apart from its beauty, this tourist destination is another go-to place if you need a low-cost destination while exploring the Philippines.

It’s also an ideal place if you want a tourist spot that’s near Metro Manila.

What you can see?

While hiking this mountain, you’ll experience its beautiful forests that resemble that of the forests in fairytales.

It also offers views of Cavite and Batangas, including the West Philippine Sea.

In addition to those overwhelming views, you’ll also get to see bending bamboos, huge and old trees.

Plus, you’ll hear hissing of snakes and hymns of birds. Interesting, isn’t it?

How long the drive is to this tourist destination?

Pico de Loro is situated just 2 ½ hours away from Metro Manila. It’s also part of the DENR’s Protected Area in Ternate, Cavite.

Just like in Mt. Apo, this place requires hikers and climbers to register at the Campsite 1, which is located within the area. Per hiker will need to pay around PHP50 ($1+).

But unlike Mt. Apo, Pico de Loro doesn’t need a tour guide to help you out. Its mountain trail has signage so you won’t get lost while exploring the place.  

Reward yourself after the hike

After conquering Mt. Pico de Loro, you should reward yourself for the job well done by going to the beach, like the Hamilo Coast.

The Pico Sands Hotel is the 7-storey hotel within the beach and country club of Pico de Loro. The hotel has 154 rooms and each room is spacious with modern amenities and, of course, captivating views of the lagoon and mountains.

Its country club has bowling lanes, music lounge, and cafe, in addition to its swimming pool.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus

It’s a small chapel that allows you to see the West Philippine Sea of the cove.

Did you know that this chapel was built for Henry Sy’s grandson’s wedding? Yes. It’s an all-glass chapel that can be an ideal place for weddings and special occasions.

When your stomach is already rumbling, you can drop by Sun Coral Café. It’s a seaside grill that offers Pako Salad, crispy pork slap, and pancit habhab, among others. Unfortunately, this café is only for members and their guests.

Pico de Loro offers tons of beautiful spots that you can’t explore within one day. Thus, you’ll need to stay here for at least 2 days to travel around must-see areas.

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