We weren’t kidding when we said “perfect cone,” the Mayon Volcano has an almost symmetric conical shape that’s renowned and acknowledged worldwide. Hundreds, if not thousands, of local and foreign tourists visit the province of Albay, just to see for themselves how perfectly beautiful the Mayon Volcano is.
If you’re just in for the view, schedule a trip during the hottest months or else you’ll only see a volcano covered in clouds. To get an even better view, go to Cagsawa in Daraga, there you’ll also see the ruins of a church. That seemingly small ruin is actually the bells of a church, I bet you’re thinking “How did it get so close to the ground?” Well actually, one of Mayon’s eruptions buried that church alongside villages and even people.
People are actually allowed to climb the Mayon Volcano, it would be a shame not to experience and overcome it while you’re there. This climb, like many others, are recommended for the fit and even they need experienced guides. The guides provide two options: rough or smooth adventure.
The rougher one will let you climb all the way up to the summit within a minimum of 2 days and one night, and you will go through tricky parts like a 90-degree rough wall. While the smoother path which will lead you to Camp 1 instead, it might not be the summit but this 4 hour trek is far from boring. You’ll be able to take in all the view and sounds of nature, even coming across some paths which were obviously killed by the lava long ago. Whichever one you chose, you still need to register at EcoPark and have a guide plan everything. Better safe than sorry.