Mt. 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.
The 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.
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.
The 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?