Mayon Volcano, or Mt. Mayon, is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines. Yet, behind this dangerous risk, Mt. Mayon is still a sight to behold for all tourists.
The Mayon Volcano is located at Legazpi, Albay in the Bicol region. Mt. Mayon is also referred to by the locals as “Bulkang Magayon” which means “beautiful volcano.” The name also came from the old folktale about a princess in the region named Daragang Magayon.
The old folktale is about a love triangle between two opposing warriors. The princess’s lover and his rival battled on the grounds where the volcano is standing today. Seeing her lover deeply wounded, Magayon ran towards him. Unfortunately, they were both surrounded by their enemies. Magayon stabbed herself in the heart, and his lover died in her arms. The two lovers were buried in that exact spot. The land rose through time, forming the volcano that we know today.
Aside from its rich cultural etymology, Mt. Mayon is considered the world’s most perfect volcanic cone.
Mt. Mayon is the center of attraction of the Mayon Volcano Natural Park. The local government still holds activities in Mayon Volcano with the assurance that everyone’s safety is still the top priority. Along with the cooperation of the locals, your travel to Mayon Volcano will be worth it.
The Bicol region is one of the places where you will appreciate the beauty of nature. That’s why most things you can do in Mayon Volcano Natural Park are filled with ecotourism activities! Do you want to witness the church that was built near Mt. Mayon? Head over to the Cagsawa Ruins! Cagsawa Ruins is one of the most visited attractions in Legazpi City, and hearing the history of this attraction that was once a church for Bicolanos will break your heart.
Image: Cagsawa Ruins
If you’re looking for a jam-packed adventure, try going for a Mayon 4x4 ATV Ride. Put on your helmet, and explore the beauty of Mt. Mayon’s volcanic base while driving away! You’ll go over rice fields, and forests, and you will even see volcanic rocks that lead to the volcanic wall.
Take things slow and be mesmerized by nature at its finest by trekking up Mt. Mayon. It hits differently when you see Mt. Mayon up close, so hire a professional guide or a local that can take you up to Mt. Mayon.
Since hiking or trekking can take up to a few days, most hikers camp out. Bring your friends and camp in the area while you wait for the sun to rise to continue your fun-filled journey!
To sum it all up, here are the activities in Mayon Volcano you can do with your friends:
There are a lot of activities Mayon Volcano Natural Park has to offer to you! Consider going during dry seasons between March to May. Be sure to carry sunglasses, hiking gear, sunscreen, and a camera to take photos!
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There are different modes of transportation to travel to Mayon Volcano. You can go by plane, by bus, by train, or by ferry!
If you want to get to Albay in a short amount of time, booking a flight is the fastest way possible. If you’re coming from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, travel time to Legazpi City will take only 45 minutes via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific. But if you’re from Cebu, there are also direct flights to Legazpi, which will also take around 45 minutes or less!
If you are on a budget or have a lot of time on your hands, consider traveling via bus from Manila to Legazpi. Most bus terminals are located at Cubao, Quezon City, and the travel time from there to Legazpi lasts for 9 to 12 hours. You can also book in advance via bus lines such as Penafrancia, Cagsawa, or DLTB. Be sure to prepare some snacks and a few movies at hand!
Another option to travel to the Bicol region is by train. The Philippine National Railway (PNR) operates Bicol Express. It offers daily trips from Tutuban in Manila to Naga City at 6:30 in the afternoon. The trip also takes 12 hours before you get to your destination. The return trip from Naga to Tutuban also begins at 6:30 in the afternoon.
You can ride a ferry going to Legazpi if you are from Leyte or Cebu. The ferry trip takes about 12-15 hours via WG&A and Trans Shipping Lines. Both ferries depart from Masbate Port going to Legazpi, Albay.
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