Crossing out another mountain from our bucket list, here is a quick overview on our conquer for the Parrot’s Beak :
Departure to Pico De Loro
For a group of 13, we decided to meet up at Coastal Mall and ride a bus going directly to Ternate, Cavite. We dropped off at Ternate Terminal then rented a tricycle up to the DENR registration area.
Bus fare = 82 php
Tricycle = 150 php
If you brought a car with you, take on the Cavitex route and drive straight to NAIC. After that road, you’ll find the route going to Ternate. Ask locals and reach DENR. There are also signboards along the way which will guide you and Puerto Azul as landmark.
You can park your private vehicles in the DENR area for 50 php fee.
DENR Registration Area
Before signing up the waiver forms and paying environmental fees, you can have a quick breakfast and pee break in a store house beside the parking area.
For the hike, you have two options:
1. Hike to summit and return to Ternate. This is usual for groups having private transpo and needs to return to their cars.
The environmental fee and registration fee is 25 php. The trail is relatively easy to follow even without a guide. Specially during weekends where groups are flocking to Pico de Loro. Hiring a guide would be a good idea for first time climbers. The rates are from 1000-1500.
Preview of Parrot’s beak. (c) chylgmz
The station before summit has an amazing view of the parrot like beak of the mountain. This is where you can find most of the hikers who pitch tents and relax in hammocks.
There are food stalls where you can buy food and drinks, most of the prices are higher than the usual. Its best to take your packed lunch in the station as you need energy for the next set of trail.
Reaching the summit
Return to reality
After the summit and monolith survival, we followed the traverse trail going to Batangas. The return time is approximately 2 hours. At the exit point, you need to list your names in the waiver forms to ensure that you safely exit the area.
Pico de Loro from the ground. (c) chylgmz
There are no jeepneys along the area but you can rent a tricycle from Nasugbu highway and bring you to Nasugbu town. The cost per tricycle is 500 php, which is divided to our group. From the Nasugbu town, there is a terminal near Mang Inasal where you can ride buses going to Manila for 155 php.
Side trip Ideas
After the hike, you can spend some time along the beaches of Nasugbu, Batangas. If you can extend your stay, you can pitch tents or rent an accomodation near the beach.
It’s not going to be easy, but it’s all gonna be worth it. Never miss #SiPicoDeLoro ✌