Mt. Maculot: The “Rockies” of Cuenca, Batangas

In the town of Cuenca, Batangas, you’ll find one of the most popular dayhike mountains near Metro Manila. Mt. Maculot, popular for its ‘Rockies’ partially surrounded by the waters of Taal Lake, is considered a minor climb with a difficulty of 3/9.

Last weekend, I had the chance to see Mt. Maculot’s beauty with my own eyes.

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I looked for a bathroom as soon as we arrived the jumpoff point. Luckily, there were some bathrooms there that you can use there. You just need to pay 5 pesos per person. There is also a sari-sari store located at the jumpoff point. After chilling for awhile, we started our trek. From the jump off point, it will take you around an hour and a half to the campsite.

THE TRAIL

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I hope this photo does not discourage you to hike Mt. Maculot. Besides that ‘soil/rock climbing’ part, there is still another way to climb that spot, but I just chose the challenging one. 🙂

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THE CAMPSITE

As soon as we arrived the campsite, we ate our packed lunch.

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THE WAY TO THE ROCKIES

From the campsite, you can head to the famous Rockies, which is only five minutes away or continue to the peak of the mountain and head to the Grotto. I wanted to do the traverse. However, the team I was with aren’t all ready of the Mt. Maculot traverse so we just opted to go for the Rockies. I know heading to the Rockies only will still make our day since it is the mountain’s most powerful draw.

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THE ROCKIES

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THE STOPOVERS

Despite the mountain’s steep trail, I think it is a fun mountain to hike because of the so many stop-over and stores that you can find on your way to the summit. Wouldn’t you want to rest while eating halo-halo? I’m biased towards the buko juice drink because I don’t drink buko juice.Haha!

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Is Mt. Maculot good for daredevil poses? I’ll just some photos speak for themselves. However, these photos doesn’t give justice to the mountain and its 360 degrees view’s spectacular beauty.

Our guide complained to me that I’m so hyper (climbing dangerous spots) but he wasn’t that nervous when guys do that. Gender equality! Girl Power!

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This was captured when the wind blew hard unexpectedly . I felt like I'll be a plastic bag drifting through the winds... that couldn't start again!

This was captured when the wind blew hard unexpectedly . I felt like I’ll be a plastic bag drifting through the winds… that couldn’t start again!

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Go outside! See the beauty of Mt. Maculot for yourself!

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15 thoughts on “Mt. Maculot: The “Rockies” of Cuenca, Batangas

      • Did you use special kinds of hiking shoes? I only have my running shoes, and I’m terrified to see you’ve typed in “steep” hahahah

      • I only used regular running shoes. 🙂 It’s not really ‘THAT’ super steep but the newbie climbers that were with me said that they easily got tired because of the trail’s steepness. But don’t worry about it since there are plenty of resting stations along the way!

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