Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Why Travel Tuesday: Mount Pinatubo


(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph of a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. I want to encourage people to travel because travel has shown me a lot of beautiful things, has acquainted me with a lot of amazing people, and has taught me lessons I will keep for the rest of my life. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features the powerful Mount Pinatubo. Yes, that's right. What you see below is a photo taken when we went trekking to the Mount Pinatubo crater in the Philippines.)

Pinatubo Caldera

Mount Pinatubo is an active volcano located in the central plains of Luzon island in the Philippines. It is perhaps best remembered by its 1991 eruption, said to be the second largest in the 20th century. The effects of this eruption were felt worldwide. What is now left in the 1991 caldera is this huge brilliant blue-green lake. And yes, it is now possible to go trekking to the Mount Pinatubo crater lake. It is, in fact, a popular trekking day trip from the country's capital Metro Manila. Many will agree, myself included, that the Mount Pinatubo crater is really a spectacular sight to behold. You will be hard-pressed to find a similar landscape anywhere else in the Philippines.

Have you gone trekking to the Mount Pinatubo crater lake? What did you think of it? Any other volcanoes you've seen up close?

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