Mt. Maculot became famous when the sad story of Victor Ayson spread on the news and we were there a week before that accident happened. After that incident, there were a lot of changes in this mountains, especially the policies. But still, the natural beauty and richness of it is intact.
The Trail | From the jump off, its few meters walk on a concrete road and once you reached the Maculot Road, then that’s the start of the trek. The first part is walking on an ascending narrow trail. Majority of this narrow trail is uphill, with shrubs, grasses and trees on the sides. Also, ‘bj’ or ‘buko juice‘ vendors are also available.
The Campsite and the Summit | The campsite is a long and open space that can handle more than 20 tents. Since it’s open, expect for a hotter campsite but in the evening, the sea breeze is strong and it’s cold. The summit is more than an hour ascend to the top. The trail is not that established because few hikers are passing on this route. But the terrain is like a rainforest, with mosses hanging on the trees, wild orchids and other colorful ornaments everywhere. During our hike, traverse was still allowed and the remarkable part was the rope segment, few meters from the summit. Before leaving the mountain, another spot that captures the heart of the Catholics is the Grotto. There are crosses where tourists can light up candles during holy week season.
The Rockies | One of the features of Maculot where hikers would have a chance to take selfies and photos with cliff hanging on the background. It’s few meters away from the camp site, but before reaching the top, hikes would have to do rock climbing and scrambling. Extra precautions are needed on every step.
How to Get Here | We rode in a bus bound for Lemery and alighted at Cuenca Market. Rode in a tricycle to the jump off and registration area. Just tell the tricycle driver and they already know the area.