DIY Guide to Mt. Maculot - Cuenca, Batangas

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Mt. Maculot is a very popular dayhike destination located in the municipality of Cuenca, Batangas.

With a difficulty of 3/9 rating from Rockies and Summit, it is an enjoyable day hike for beginners and a good exercise for the experienced hikers. Mt. Maculot features a cool atmosphere of Taal Lake, the great rock formations in Rockies and a thrilling assault in the forest.

So Wanderast team decides to explore Mt. Maculot. Our team includes first time hikers so this is quite perfect for an outdoor team building. To avoid overcrowding, we went there very early on a Friday morning (February 24) so that we can have time to take pictures on the Rockies. We did not pursue the summit as we are trying to avoid the rush hour in Manila.


The Wanderast team as they are assaulting the last part before reaching the campsite.

Hiking to the campsite takes around 1 and a half hour. From the campsite, the road diverges into two trails: Rockies and Summit. It would only take 5-10 minutes from campsite to the Rockies part, however be careful of the rocks on the assault part.


The popular attraction in Mt. Maculot, Rockies as seen near the campsite.


The summit of Mt. Maculot as seen from the Rockies.

From the campsite to the summit, it would only take 45 minutes of hiking and it is closer than it looks. Overall, Mt. Maculot is beginner friendly and it is an enjoyable day hike from Manila. No wonder travelers love this mountain for a reason. Check out our itinerary and some tips below to prepare yourself for the hike.


Itinerary

  • 04:00 AM - ETD bound for Lemery, Batangas
  • 06:30 AM - ETA in Cuenca, Batangas, take tricycle to jump-off
  • 06:40 AM - Prepare for trek, register and secure guide
  • 07:00 AM - Start trek
  • 09:00 AM - ETA at the Rockies
  • 10:30 AM - ETA at the summit, lunch and rest
  • 12:30 PM - ETD to jump-off
  • 02:00 PM - Tidy up, rest
  • 03:00 PM - ETD to Manila


Guide Pricing

  • 1 guide to the Rockies is PHP 400 for a group of 5 hikers. You may have to add PHP 50 for each additional hiker if your group exceeds more than 5.
  • If going to the summit, you need to add PHP 50 each for the group.
  • If you are traversing Mt. Maculot, you would also need to add PHP 50 for each person.


Notes

  • There are no water sources in Mt. Maculot however there are sari-sari stores available there. So you must prepare at least 2 liters of water enough to finish the whole hike.
  • There is are lots of sari-sari stores and a 7-eleven nearby the bus drop-off, so you can get a chance to buy water supply and trail food if you haven't bought any yet. 
  • The cellphone signal is relatively good in Mt. Maculot due to its proximity in the municipality.
  • There are bath available after the hike that would cost around PHP 20 for each person. However water is limited and served by a large bucket of water.


Here are our photos during the whole trip:


That's our whole hike! If you have any questions, let us know.


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