By far the safest, calming, and serene place that I have ever been was in Batanes. Everything about Batanes radiates unparalleled beauty and no wonder that this tops the bucket list of the majority of local travelers. Those expectations that most of us when we talked about this place were way too high, and oh please keep those expectations because I tell you, it won’t disappoint you. You can’t run out of things to do and that is the main reason why I love this tiny archipelago so much. From towering lighthouses, the people, beautiful rolling hills, remarkable landscapes and scenery, unique culture, and captivating sunset and sunrise provides the tourists an awestruck and lingering feel. The province itself takes away any stressful and toxic vibes on its visitors and entices photographers and travelers to take countless shots. The landscape charms the tourists – from the calmness of their seas, temperate weather, alluring sunrise and sunsets and other jaw-dropping scenery that mesmerizes the viewer and produces a euphoric feeling.
Standing at 2,058+ MASL, this Mountain located at Sibuyan Island, Romblon holds a reputation and one of the most respected mountains here in the Philippines not because of it’s elevation akin to that of Apo, Dulang-Dulang and other highest recorded peaks, but because of it’s technicality and perilous trails which this famed mountain gained the respect of Filipino Mountaineers. Mount Guiting-Guiting is considered to be the toughest hikes in the Philippines with a 9/9 difficulty trail as being scaled by majority of the mountaineers. It was also dubbed as the “Galapagos of Asia” because of it’s virginal biodiversity.
Mount Guiting-guiting is preeminent among all the mountains here in the Philippines due to it’s dramatic jagged ridges which is the major highlight of the mountain. Famous landmarks that most of the mountaineers look forward upon venturing this mountain were the following: Knife Edge, Kiss The Wall, Mayo’s Peak, and Peak Of Deception. As they say, only hikers with enough stamina, well prepared in terms of physical state and planned itinerary are advised to contest the mighty of Guiting-guiting.
Join me on this breath-taking and major bucket list of mine despite of all the intimidating and scary introductory remarks this mountain implanted to us hikers who experienced it’s mighty among all the mountains we hiked. 🙂