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Mount Pinatubo is a stratovolcano in the central part of the Luzon island in the Philippines. It is located where the provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga come together in the Cabusilan Mountain range separating the west coast of Luzon from the central plains.
Mount Pinatubo had been dormant for about 500 years but awakened in 1991 with one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century. Several towns near the volcano was buried by the ash and rock it spewed plus the lahar flows. Ashfall was recorded as far away as Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia. The eruption caused a drop of global temperature by about 0.5 °C and a temporary increase in ozone depletion.
Now after more than a decade, the volcano has already quieted down, though remain active, leaving the area near it desert-like. Nevertheless, the volcano has become a new destination for adventurous people who like trekking. Dune bugging has also become one of the sports that have been introduced in the area. Visitors may also swim into the cool waters in the volcano's crater lake which have been filled up by rain water.
Official tour operators provide visitors access to this beautiful volcano. The main jump off point for guests wishing to climb Pinatubo is at the Spa Town in Capas, Tarlac. Here each guest is required to register and pay an environmental tax to ensure that the location is maintained and not over spoiled. At the Spa Town, guests pay a fee for the trek and a 4x4 jeep ride through the lahar area upto the volcano itself.
From Manila, one has to take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and exit at the end of the highway in Sta. Ines. Then, one has to pass through Mabalacat town and turn right on McArthur Highway all the way to Capas, Tarlac. From Capas, one has to drive to the Spa Town for the jump off point.
One may take a bus from Manila on buses heading to Dagupan, Baguio, or Tarlac and alight at Capas town.
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