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Mount Taal

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Situated just 50 kilometers South of the massive urban sprawl of Manila in the Philippines, Taal Lake is a haven of calm and greenery.  Depending on the horrendous traffic conditions, it can take anywhere from 1 – 3 hours to get from central Manila to the sleepy town of Tagaytay where the adventure begins!

It’s a little bit of a complex situation, so let me do my best to explain it.  Luzon is an island in the Pacific Ocean, the most populous island in the Philippines archipelago. Located on Luzon is the town of Tagaytay, nestled on a ridge of Taal Volcano and overlooking the large Taal Lake. Within Taal Lake is the Volcano Island. Within Volcano Island is yet another Crater Lake. Finally, within Crater Lake is Vulcan Point which is a volcano outcropping.

If that didn’t make sense, here is the simplified version starting from the outside layer and proceeding to the inside: Pacific Ocean, Luzon Island, Taal Volcano, Taal Lake, Volcano Island, Crater Lake, and lastly the interior Vulcan Island. They don’t call it a complex volcano for nothing!

For the climbing of Mount Taal, most people take on the task to climb the Volcano Island portion of this volcanic system.  It is necessary to take a boat across Taal Lake to reach the island and be in grasping distance from the world’s smallest active volcano. The enjoyable boat ride took approximately 30 minutes and provided spectacular views of the lake and the rough cut ridges that surround.

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Written by  Mark Wiens.

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