Mt. Maculot’s The Rockies: A Day Trip Itinerary

The Rockies at Mt. Maculot in Batangas.
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Mt. Maculot’s The Rockies: A Day Trip Itinerary

 

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Want to have outdoorsy fun, burn lots of calories, and not spend too much? Then go for a day hike! Scaling Mt. Maculot’s The Rockies in Cuenca, Batangas will give you all that. Firstly, hiking is a great cardio activity that also burns a lot of calories. Depending on your weight as well as the amount of time you spend climbing, you could burn between 430-550 calories (depending on your weight, of course) per hour of hiking. Secondly, I just spent a total of Php 697. for this trip! Thirdly, because it was a beginner-friendly climb, I still had a lot of energy left going home. Not bad for a day’s fun, right?

Check out some of our photos below as well as the rough details of our itinerary and expenses:

 

Expenses (as of May 2015)

Gas from Alabang to Batangas and back – P320. each*

Registration at the jump-off point – P20. each.

Guide – P80.**

Parking fee – P50.***

Bathroom use (the one near the parking area) – P5.****

A glass of buko juice from the buko sheds – P10.

A filling bowl of chami from B2G – P45.

 

* Since we all live in the south and Mt. Maculot is also in the south, we just decided to bring a car instead of commuting via the buses plying the Edsa-Taft to Batangas route. The bus fare from Edsa-Taft to Cuenca in Batangas is P160. Our friend just based the cash we had to chip in for gas on the said fare.

** Hiring a guide is required. We didn’t mind because we knew it was for our own safety. The guide fee for a day tripping group of five is P400. Expect to shell out more for an overnight trip.

*** This is the day trip fee. I don’t know if the overnight fee is the same.

**** Using the bathroom to shower is P10.

 

The view of Lake Taal from The Rockies at Mt. Maculot.
The view of Lake Taal from The Rockies at Mt. Maculot.

 

The province of Batangas.
The province of Batangas.

 

On weekends, expect to wait your turn to get to The Rockies.
On weekends, expect to wait your turn to get to The Rockies.

 

Itinerary

6:30 a.m. – Meet-up in Alabang

Past 9 a.m. – Arrival at the jump-off point in Cuenca; payment of registration fees; assigning of guide; parking of car

Shortly before 10 a.m. – Hike to the Rockies

Shortly before noon – Arrival at the only (?) sari-sari store at the mountain (10 minutes away from the Rockies)

Noon to 1 p.m. – The Rockies

1:00 to 2 p.m. – Lunch at the sari-sari store and siesta (an afternoon nap)

Past two p.m. – Hike back to the parking area

4:00 p.m. – Shower

4:30 p.m. – Merienda (afternoon snack) at B2G, a lomi place located at the town of Cuenca near the foot of the mountain

7:30 p.m. – Home

 

Climbers waiting for their turn to climb The Rockies.
That’s Leo’s back, hehe.

 

Taal Volcano. This is the view from Mt. Maculot's The Rockies.
Taal Volcano.

 

The Rockies at Mt. Maculot in Batangas.
Love this shot.

 

That part of the land jutting out reminds me of a parrot's beak. At The Rockies.
This one’s from the opposite side.

 

Other notes

The bathrooms near the parking area at the foot of the mountain are clean and are cleaned regularly. The lone toilet at the sari-sari store very near the Rockies is the exact opposite. I suggest doing your business at the former.

The parking area is shaded by trees but not covered. I think that it’s a pretty safe place to park your car.

There are at least 7 buko juice sheds dotting the trail to the Rockies.

The aforementioned sari-sari store is where all hikers stop for lunch. It’s only 10 minutes away from the Rockies and 1-2 hours away from the summit, so – although we decided not to continue to the summit anymore – scaling it on a day trip is very possible.

Our guide was Leo, a technical vocation student of Don Bosco who guides hikers on weekends. If you happen to get him as a guide, please tell we said hi (and give him a tip)!

 

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8 Comment

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  2. kutukamus says: Reply

    Love that sitting high up the rocks 🙂

    1. Yeah, me too. It’s my fave shot! Thanks. 🙂

      1. Aljean says: Reply

        Hi Maam pde po mag ask no. Ng tourguide. Kahit anung day po pwedeng pumunta?

        1. Sorry ha, hindi ko nakuha yung number ni Leo, our guide that day. We climbed on a Sunday. I remember Leo mentioning that there were more climbers on weekends than on weekdays, so I think that you can climb on weekdays too.

          There’s a registration area at the foot of the mountain where you’ll need to pay registration fees and get a guide. Maybe you can ask for the number of the local tourism office there.

          Happy hiking!

  3. Gerald says: Reply

    guide po ako sa maculot 09363001503 ito po contact number ko

    1. Hi Gerald! Ang guide namin last year si Leo pero hindi namin nakuha number niya. Thanks for sharing your contact number!

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