May 16, 2011

Mt. Tapyas

There is a cross on the mountain above town and it’s illumining at night, that’s Mt. Tapyas! We’ve planned to climb Mt. Tapyas early morning before sunrise, but unfortunately due to late wake-up the sun already set when we reach the top (see photo). However, reaching the summit was great with huge steel cross welcoming every visitor. It offers a panoramic view of the town, the bordering mountains, Coron bay and neighbouring islands (Calamianes).
Mt Tapyas is one of the must see place when visiting Coron. It stands low at 210 meters above sea level (actually it’s a hill) and has a 710+ steps up. It was an easy climb up with cemented stairs/pave way, steel handrails and shaded rest stops, coz it has been developed as a tourist site. Two gazebos placed off-summit, which are the best places to picnic.
If you are planning an afternoon climb and return after sunset, don’t worry there are light post way down, but if you have vision problem a pen light is not bad. So wear anything you like ask someone or take a tricycle to the jump-off, bring bottled water/juice (and camera) and you’re ready to go.
Recommended time to climb up is before sunrise to see the dawn up there or before sunset to watch the setting sun. Good news no entrance fee!

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