Coron-Day One (Part 2): The Climb to Mount Tapyas and a dip at Maquinit Hot Spring

We were rejuvenated after an hour of rest from roaming around, buying souvenirs and foods in Coron town. By 4 pm, we prepared ourselves for our climb to Mt. Tapyas and a swim at Maquinit Hot Spring. We were fetched by our tricycle service which was referred by Ate Viring, the owner of Birang Guest House. Rate-P350.

100_2633

the spectacular view of Calamianes Group of Island as seen from the top

Before we turn right to Tapyas Road, we saw two foreign couple with big bag packs walking around. I was wandering, where are they going? From Tapyas Road we passed by San Agustin Street and up to Malvar Street. We parked near the elevated basketball court. Our driver pointed to us the start of the trail. It was the initial flight of steps near the court.  I took a deep breath to prepare myself for the climb.

100_2629

the breathtaking view as seen upon climbing up Mt. Tapyas

Going up was safe and comfortable because the steps were concrete and there were handrails. There were also flat landings and concrete benches for breather. We have no regular body work-out so going up was tiring. Ooopps! Except with Froi, an active mountaineer who took this activity an ordinary trek for him. Though we were sweating, we never sit on benches to take some rest. As we were nearing the summit, I stopped in between steps to admire the view. Whew! Coron is simply beautiful.

100_2634

i counted it…. 721 steps

It took us almost half an hour when we reached the peak. The giant steel cross warmly welcomed our arrival.  It was then that I realized, the climb wore me out.  I was sweating hard.  I took a deep breath to gain back my energy. I was surprised seeing the foreign couple with large big bag packs walking near us. Wow! They were indeed incredible mountaineers. I presumed, they started walking from the hotel to where they stayed.

2642

who was sweating so much?

At last the rewarding part had come. The spectacular view of the Calamianes group of island was so awesome. I enjoyed taking photos of those islands and the surrounding town of Coron.  We roamed around in the cemented view deck, looking at the views from side to side and stayed the most part in front of the cross.  We sat on benches for water break.

100_2653

the giant steel cross on the viewing platform

We waited for the sunset. But unfortunately, thick clouds obscured our supposedly “candid moment”. It was frustrating for I never had that glorious photo in my cam. Anyway, I still captured a nice picture of sunset.

100_2671

nearing sunset

Going down was easy. I counted the steps and upon reaching the last, I told them, “It’s 721.”  They were all smiling at me. At last our conquest had ended. My first mountain trek experience was so wonderful.  Though it wasn’t that adventurous like a real climb, still it delighted me for I was able to see one of Coron’s amazing places to visit.

No entrance fee here.

It was already dark when we reached Maquinit Hot Spring (25 minutes travel time coming from Mt. Tapyas) through bumpy and dusty road. Marie was left in the sitting area because she can’t swim because of her monthly period. My hubby and Froi hastily immersed on the hot water at 40 degrees Celcius. Because it was hot, I slowly submerged to the water then I slowly swim.  What was so unusual for a hot spring like this is that, the water was salty.

Though we missed taking pictures of this hot spring in broad daylight, the unusual experience was again rewarding. It’s good that we ended up our day in this therapeutic saltwater. Not only that the water soothed our tired muscles from our previous activity but seeing lots of foreigners in the area made me proud. I hope they are enjoying every minute of their vacation in Coron.

100_2678

the smalles pool in Maquinit Hot Spring

Entrance Fee:  P200/head

For our dinner, we bought food along the road near the guest house. Ate Viring allowed us to eat at the dining area in the second floor. We were so thankful to her for providing us plates and utensils. After our dinner, we went down at the porch for some social activity.  The sea breeze was cool and the water was so calm. The evening sky was blanketed by shining stars. Indeed, it was a wonderful night for a complete relaxation, a respite from a busy, noisy life in Manila. But my eyes were drooping and so with Marie. With the boy’s permission, off we went to our room.

We didn’t use our mosquito repellent for there are no pesky mosquitoes in the guest house.

I was so excited for our Coron loop the next morning. I was deadly tired that night. Sleeping was very easy for me.

Good night my beautiful and peaceful Coron.