Amidst this volcano lies a secret so beautiful and breathtaking: a serene lake of unknown depth with an emerald blue green color. For amateur adventure-seekers, what a lovely way to start!
For a person who lives with minimal amount of adventure, I do try to step out into the world more often when it beckons so when I found out about Mount Pinatubo’s Crater Lake from my friends, I knew I had to see it for myself.
Mount Pinatubo is an active volcano which last erupted in 1991. The crater lake is right smack in the middle of the volcano and was only formed after the 1991 eruption. The perfect mix of blue and green is caused by the sulfur present in the water. People are allowed to swim, but so immense is the depth of the crater lake that it remains unmeasured and unknown, so swim with caution!
To get to the crater lake, we had to endure a bumpy ride in an open-air 4×4 vehicle under the unbearable Philippine heat (it was April, one of the Philippines’ hottest months). Because of the dust, our hair became thick like wires and our skin was prickling with the sun’s angry disposition. Some people chose to trek halfway or all the way, which may take up to 8 hours! But since we’re amateurs, we just chose to ride until the point where we don’t have a choice but to trek.
Because I’m not so good with the great outdoors and treks take much time and effort, it took me a while to get there but I think it was only less than an hour’s worth of trekking. Getting there was bliss! Once we got to the amazing view, I forgot about the heat and the number of steps I took to get there. It was so peaceful and quiet. It was like a secret spot, tucked away from people who dare not explore. The view was simply, simply breathtaking.
When you’re standing in the middle of that, and actually thinking that you’re amidst an actual volcano that erupted some time ago, you think about the earth and its wonders and how you’re a tiny dot compared to everything else.
We went all the way down and took a boat ride. The water is so thick with color and there are no creatures lurking in it so it was okay to let our feet wade through. It was one of the most amazing things ever, especially after that trek. Some would choose to swim, but for me, it was enough to dip my feet in the water during the boat ride.
We went to the other side of the lake, where the water was hot and boiling. We really were in a crater of a volcano! The trek back was better after that relaxing view. Unfortunately, my body clock chose not to let me sleep on the day of the trip so I actually did that without sleep. I could not believe I survived that without sleep, but it was really more than worth it.