Daang Kastila (the Spanish trail)


Let us give you a complete description of one of our trip using the Spanish trail.
After the pick-up, our van will take you to the shores of Taal Lake in Talisay. Batangas (less than two hours from Manila) so you can take the boat to the volcano island. All our boats have life vest for each passenger, as mandated by MARINA and the Philippine Coast Guard. Each boat can accommodate a maximum of 6 people. No overloading, safety first!
crossing le lake
During the boat ride, you will see the fishing activities on the lake with the inactive cone of Binintiang Malaki in the background. The boat ride lasts around 20 minutes but it can take 30 minutes or more in case of strong wind.
Binintiang Malaki from afar
Once on the volcano island, your trek begins: about 45 minutes to an hour of walking. The trail is easy - we often have young children or senior citizens. There is no particular challenge unless you have issues with the heat and dust!
on the trail
Some people prefer to ride a horse than walking. If you wonder if it is worth it, check our advice here!
pony ride

Along the way, you will see various volcanic activities including steam vents. Remember that the steam is directly coming from the earth's center so if you put your hand in one of these holes you will get burned.

steam vent
Finally, you reach the ridge at top of the main Crater Lake - one of the most beautiful scenery in southern Luzon. Sometimes the color of the Crater Lake is brown or emerald green. Other times, the water turns blue or even a mix of blue and green. The color of the lake depends on the weather and volcanic activities which you can fully appreciate from the view deck.
panoramic
From the view deck, you will see more volcanic activities.
more steam

steaming vent
It's now time to trek back and take the boat to return to the resort where you can have a shower or a refreshing swim at the pool.
Talisay, Batangas

We will then head to Tagaytay for a photo stop and have your lunch. Once there you can admire the amazing view over Taal lake and Volcano Island. Why not pamper yourself with a massage? Or treat the kids with an exciting ride with the zip line?
Tagaytay ridge

Should you go for the regular trail?

Definitely, yes! This is one of the major tourist attractions in the Philippines and you should not miss it. Our tips: if you want a thiner crowd go on weekdays or early on weekends.