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Trekking Mt. Pundaquit

Although there’s not a lot of flora and fauna to feast your eyes on, nature lovers will still delight on the strikingly erratic landscape of Zambales. The best way to admire the beautiful scenery is by trekking through the panoramic backdrops. Only be sure to take a guide with you if you wish to venture out for the first time. If you do not have a definite path, you may very well end up walking the whole day and circling areas that are virtually uninhabited.

First time hikers must be wary most of dehydration and heatstroke. Zambales is a relatively safe place with friendly, accommodating locals and a low crime rate; but it’s still best to keep your guard up. You should always hire a guide to accompany you as the forests of Zambales has some interesting animals like wild Carabaos, Boars, Cats, Chickens and Lizards. Your guide can help you if in case you come face to face with these animals and he will be carrying necessary gears to protect you with this uncommon encounter.

When you go out into the coves, beaches and outer islands, your cell phones will be useless. There’s also no telephone lines or electricity. Be sure to leave your itinerary (estimated time of departure and arrival) with someone reliable people, so in case you get lost, they can alert the local police as to your destination or whereabouts.

Here is a list of things you may want to bring with you:

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat/Visors
  • Shades
  • Flashlight
  • Sweater
  • First aid kit

Wear sneakers or hiking sandals instead of rubber slippers, as the former will provide the proper support your feet will need. Some parts may also be slippery and the proper footwear will give you more traction. Opt for light cotton shirts instead of heavy fabrics. For some, it’s more convenient and comfortable to wear shorts, but cargo pants or jogging pants are better suited for areas that have higher weed growth and mosquito infestation.

Here are some of the photos from those who have trekked the mountains and terrains of Pundaquit and its neighboring islands, coves and hills.

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