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:
Mt. Maculot day hike 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.
Mt. Maculot day hike 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
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)!
This was probably my “funnest” and most chill climb, but I must mention that hiking is a physically strenuous activity. If you have a health concern (like heart ailments or knee issues), then it might be a good idea to get cleared by your doctor first. Better safe than sorry.
Happy hiking! 🙂
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