Because I can’t get enough of Sumlang Lake, here are some of the photos taken during our visit in Legazpi Albay. Need I say more? It is worth a visit especially in the morning or when the Mayon Volcano is not covered with clouds.
Went to Sumlang twice but definitely will be coming back for a perfect reflection shot of Mayon. To get here make sure it is included in the tour package, you may contact Kuya Joven the tricycle driver slash tour guide at 0946-110-2243.
Travel bucketlist: to have a picture of Mayon Volcano.
Don’t tell me it is not yet included on your list. Mayon Volcano’s perfect cone is one of the must-see places in the Philippines and we are so lucky that it is located here in our country. So on your next getaway, don’t forget to explore Bicol region. It is the first destination of our 7D6N Eastern Visayas trip. I’m excited to share to you the food that we tried during our visit in here.
We had arranged our overnight accommodation at Mayon Backpackers, it’s a hostel so cheaper. They have rooms for solo backpackers, rates from 350-500 per head. Since I do not prefer long bus ride I booked one way flight to Legazpi a month before, cost is at P1,400. Bus fare is around P800 and it will take you 9 to 10 hours to get there.
It was raining when we arrived in Legazpi airport and I was a bit disappointed because the volcano is covered with clouds. Hired a tricycle to the hostel, we met Kuya Joven who offered us a city tour for P500 pesos that includes 1. Daraga Church 2. Cagsawa Ruins 3. Embarcadero and later he suggested to visit 4. Sumlang Lake wherein you can see the reflection of Mt. Mayon on the lake. We just have to add P200 for that so the total package rate is P700 for me and my friend, not bad right? We inquired the rates from the hostel and the caretaker said it usually costs P1,000 and above. Left our backpacks in the hostel and started the tour.
Daraga Church – first stop – so thankful for this opportunity to travel.
2. Cagsawa Ruins – you have to pay P10 per head for entrance fee (not included in the package)
3. Embarcadero – went here around 3pm but still Mayon is covered with clouds
4. Sumlang Lake – went here twice to take photo of the reflections of volcano but not our lucky day, maybe next time
After the tour we went back to the hostel and took some rest. We ate dinner at First Colonial Grill and tried their Sili ice cream and also Pili ice cream. I just love Bicol dishes and definitely explore the city again.
Here’s our itinerary:
09:10am – arrived in Legazpi airport
09:30am – hired tricycle to the hostel
10:00am – left our things
10:30am – started city tour, first stop Daraga Church
11:30am – Cagsawa Ruins. photo ops
12:30pm – buy pasalubong and souvenir
01:00pm – lunch at the carinderia, try their guyabano shake – the best I’ve tasted
02:00pm – went to Sumlang Lake, no entrance fee or donation only – tried kayaking, photo ops
03:30pm – went to Embarcadero for photo walk, bought fresh buko juice
04:30pm – back to the hostel, cool down and prep for sunset session
05:00pm – went to Embarcadero again for sunset pics, stroll down the streets and eat isaw, kwek-kwek and other street food
07:00pm – dinner at First Colonial
08:30pm – back in the hostel and prep for the next adventure
10:00pm – lights off, bedtime
06:30am – breakfast not included in the rate but you can have unlimited coffee anytime of the day, we brought raisin bread
07:30am – went to Daraga Church again to capture Mt. Mayon at its full grandeur
08:30am – back in the hostel, decided to go back to Sumlang Lake because we want to take picture of the reflection of Mt. Mayon in the lake
10:00am – Kuya Joven fetched us and directed to Sumlang
11:00am – went to Cagsawa again to have lunch with our guide, because we love the guyabano shake and kinunot (stingray)
12:30pm – Kuya Joven sent us to the van terminal going to Sorsogon City. We stayed overnight because we went to Barcelona prior going to Matnog.
EXPENSES FOR TWO:
Tricycle to hostel – P50
Hostel (overnight) – P1,000
City tour (tryk) – P700
Cagsawa entrance fee – P60 (went here twice, for 3pax at P10 each)