“Mayon is the most beautiful mountain I have ever seen, the world-renowned Fujiyama (Mt. Fuji) of Japan sinking into perfect insignificance by comparison.”
—British traveler-writer A. Henry Savage Landor
Yay, I can’t find any other way of opening this blog entry than with that quote by A. Henry Savage Landor, a traveler-writer from the UK.
Since I was a kid, I had heard a lot of great things about the Mayon Volcano — active, most active, unstable, volatile, angry, beautiful, grand, great, perfect. I had never been this excited to see this restless terrain.
Mayon Volcano, or Mount Mayon, is well-known around the world as the “perfect cone” volcano, thanks to its almost symmetric conical shape — a unique feature. It is also the most active volcano in the Philippines, having erupted almost 50 times in the past 400 years alone. The site is also a protected landscape and a natural park.
On our third day, we had to leave the Hunongan Cove early since we still needed to go to Albay and be overwhelmed by the beauty that was Mayon. After we packed our things we took our breakfast and left the cove at around 8:15AM. When we arrived in Legazpi, the imposing volcano was already attracting me. It was really overwhelming. It was perfect. And I’m not just talking about its shape. Aaah, I can’t describe it properly. It gave me goosebumps. It was a perfect sight to behold. Perfect perfect perfect.
Well, here are some information about Mayon Volcano:
- located in the eastern end of Albay, around 300 kilometers southeast of Manila
- stands 2462 meters above sea level
- covers an area of 250 square kilometers
- surrounded by the City of Legaspi and the municipalities of Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao, Sto Domingo, Bacacay, Malilipot, and Tabaco
- is classified a composite cone or a strato volcano
- causes four types of volcanic activities: lava flows, rai-triggered debris flows, pyroclastic flows, and air-fall deposition
So there. Pretty dangerous huh? Especially that it has erupted several times, with its latest just last year. (Or was it this year?)
We also dropped by Daraga Church but I will talk about that on a separate post.
Anyway, here’s how much I spent for this 3D-3N trip in the Bicol Region. It’s not as “budget” as I intended to be. It’s actually one of my most expensive trips but it was worth it. I wish we also visited Donsol, though.
- Plane Tickets – PhP1,500.00
- Board, Lodging, Land and Boat Transfer (Package) – PhP6,100.00