|reunited with Celine, Kara, Gretchen and her daughter Lia|
We reached this section of the trail in 2 hours.
The trail starts nice and easy. From the side of Canumay Elementary school where we met up with our guide, it's a gradual ascend on a dirt road but it's enough to make the unfit like me feel out of breath. Thankfully, there's no need to rush here. You can take your time and still be back at day time. That is, if you don't fall asleep somewhere along the trail. With plenty of flatlands and picturesque spots of rice terraces, mountains and a flower garden, short naps are very inviting.
Our guide's mother lives 30 minutes away from the summit so we decided to stopover to say hi. Lola welcomed us like old relatives with her excited greeting, followed by an invitation for coffee. We initially refused as we didn't want to bother her but she wouldn't take no for an answer. Being a coffee lover, I happily accepted despite the hot weather. She then brought us to her colorful flower garden. With mountains as its backdrop, it looks like a scenery in a fantasy flick.
|Bright flowers of cosmos everywhere! Photo from Kara|
|a classic Filipino lunch served by our host|
|At the summit. Lia stayed behind to play with our guide's daughter. Photo from Kara.|
Mt. Palo Day Hike
Location : Purok Canumay Sitio San Ysidro, Brgy. San Jose Antipolo
Jump-off : Canumay Elementary School (Link to Google map here)
4:00 AM Meet at Jollibee Farmer’s Market
4:15 AM Depart from Jollibee Farmer’s Market via Private van
5:45 AM Arrive at jump-off, register, meet guide
6:00 AM Start Hike
8:00 AM Summit
10:00 AM back at jump-off
Trail Description : Easy hike, open trail so best to start early. Our guide had recommends starting at 5:00 AM.
Guide : Sir Richard - As the area has limited network coverage, he recommends getting in touch thru their FB page -Mt. Palo
Registration Fee - 60 Pesos/each
Guide Fee - 600 Pesos/5 pax; 6 or more persons need additional guide
Private Van - 600/each for a group of 5.