Trekking Mt. Pinatubo is still more difficult, but climbing up 700++ steps to reach the top of Mt. Tapyas is no joke. We could have just tick this off our itinerary and just head to Maquinit Spring right away, but a grand view of the sunset is too irresistible to put off.
It was exhausting and dehydrating, but the view keeps getting better as we go higher. We took our time climbing up and stopped at every 50th or so step to catch our breaths. Oh, how I loved the fresh air and the spectacular view of Coron Bay!
After quite a while, we finally reached the top, finally we’re facing the huge cross that is seen from anywhere around Coron town. The view of Coron Bay is simply awesome. How the mountains were arranged formed an optical illusion of a face of a sleeping giant.
At the back side of the cross are golden grasses and a path that leads to a gazebo inviting you to spend the rest of the afternoon with your lover while watching the sun set, or just hang around by yourself and embrace your solitude. Looking further are mountain ranges, some covered by grasses turned golden brown by the season, which reminded me so much of the chocolate hills of Bohol.
Come golden hour, the haloed sun retreating and the colors it casts upon the vast sky is simply breath-taking, inspiring, and could make anyone an instant poet.
700++ steps for a grand view of the world is totally worth the sweat! We sealed the day with a relaxing dip at Maquinit Hotspring. 🙂