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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pico de Loro: Itinerary and Driving Directions

See also:
Picking Our Way to Pico de Loro
Pico de Loro Budget and Essentials

Mt. Pico de Loro is good for a weekend climb, whether for a day hike or for overnight camping.  We chose the latter, as we wanted to do socials and at the same time, recharge before going down.

Here is the itinerary that we followed, courtesy of our colleague Tiano Vargas who put together everything:



0800 Board bus from Baclaran for Ternate, Cavite
1000 ETA Ternate town proper; rent tricycle to Magnetic Hill
1030 ETA DENR/jump-off point
1100 Start trek.  Note that jump-off point is 10 minutes walk away from DENR
1145 ETA Base Camp 1, rest for LUNCH
1215 Start trek to campsite
1500 ETA campsite, pitch tent
1530 Assault to summit
1540 ETA summit
1745 Descent to campsite
1800 Dinner
1700 Socials


0700 Wake up call, prepare for breakfast
0800 Breakfast
0830 Breakcamp, prepare for descent
0900 Start descent to Magnetic Hill
1230 ETA DENR (wash up, light meal)
1400 ETD for Bus Terminal (via tricycle)
1430 ETD to Manila
1500 ETA Manila

Directions via SLEX

If bringing your own car, we followed these instructions when we went back three days later to save the mountain dog:

1.  From EDSA, take South Super Highway.

2.  Exit at Carmona/Binan - the highway (Governor's Drive) will simply take you straight all the way to Naic (passing through the towns of Carmona, GMA, Dasmarinas, Trece Martires and General Trias).

3.  At Naic, turn left toward Ternate/Maragondon (signposts will lead you).

4.  Just keep straight.  From Naic onward, just follow the larger roads -- these lead to Puerto Azul.  You'll pass through a tree-lined highway in Maragondon flaked on both sides by rice paddies.

5.  A welcome sign in Pidgin Spanish (Bienvenido a Ternate) will welcome you to Ternate -- just keep on straight.  The highway will fork -- take the left one (the road on the right leads to the poblacion of Ternate).

6.  From thereon, the highway ascends to a giant rocky mountain which leads to Puerto Azul.

7.  Keep on driving until you see the DENR compound to your left.

Directions via Coastal Road

Alternatively, this may also be taken as a shorter route:

1.  From EDSA, go straight to Macapagal Ave. (going to MOA).  Turn left at Macapagal Ave.  Go straight until the end of Macapagal Ave. then turn left to Coastal Road.

2.  Coastal Road will bring you to Aguinaldo Highway in Cavite.  Take the Aguinaldo Highway until SM Bacoor.  Turn right to Kawit, Cavite.  At Binakayan, Kawit, turn right at the road going to Island Cove. 

3.  Follow the road going to Cavite PEZA.  It is the main road so you won't get lost.  Go straight to Naic, Cavite.

4.  Take the road to Ternate, Cavite after Naic and this road will lead you to Puerto Azul.

HINT:  Follow the road where the buses are going after your turn at SM Bacoor.



very helpful. :) one question though, where did you leave your car while you guys were trecking?

Hi is there any parking lot there? We arr planning to go there by car . thanks in advance

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