Mt. Pico de Loro

Mt. Pico de LoroMt. Pico de Loro is also known as Mount  Palay-palay. Its name was given by the Spanish  sea-fairer because it resembles the appearance  of a ‘parrot’s beak’, which is the exact translation in  English. This mountain bears a lot in terms of natural  beauty and richness. While on the trail, I saw  different flora and fauna; from the colorful  ornamental plants to hard trees. I also heard birds  singing lullaby while I was walking in emo.

Mt. Pico de Loro trailThe Trail | From the high way, DENR, it’s a moderate  ascent on a trail covered with hard wood and fruit  bearing trees while shrubs and grasses on every  sides. I can say the trail is well-established  however, there are few fork trails that might  confuse anyone, but trail marks on the trees are  accurate. Hikers need to prepare for the 75-80  degrees ascend. Before reaching the campsite,  bamboos are noticeable that look like fences on one  side.

Mt. Pico de Loro WaterfallsThe Waterfalls | Before enjoying the beauty of the  summit, there’s a water fall that can replenish your  tired muscles. Marks on the trail can be seen pointing to where its exact location.

The Summit and the Campsite | The campsite is an  open and wide space that can handle more than 20  tents at the same time. This space is situated by the  cliff and has a perfect view of the summit and the  monolith, from afar.

Mt. Pico de Loro MonolithThe Monolith | Reaching the summit is still not the  extreme part of Pico de Loro. Another feature that  might interest you would be the ‘parrots beak’ or the  monolith. It’s a huge vertical stone perched on the  mountain which has its own platform on the top. Hikers would need to do wall  climbing up to the top. Some organizers also do  rappelling on this part just to add thrill for those  people looking for something unique.

How to Get Here | At the Coastal Provincial Bus Terminal, we rode in a bus bound for Ternate/Maragondon at alighted in Jetti Gas Station, by the high way. Then, we chartered a jeepney to DENR, for  registration, passing on the magnetic highway in  Ternate, Cavite. Just so you know | On the downhill part, our driver  switched off the engine of the jeepney, but instead of forward, since it was downhill, it moved backward. So amazing right?

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