#SharePH: ATV adventure at the foot of Mayon Volcano

Drive through clear streams, dusty paths, and rough roads in an ATV at the foot of majestic Mayon Volcano in Albay

Voltaire Tupaz

7:17:47am March 26, 2017

7:17:54am March 26, 2017

ATV RIDE. Drive through long stretches of streams and bumpy roads, a 9-kilometer thrilling ride until you reach the village-managed base camp. Photo by Rappler

ATV RIDE. Drive through long stretches of streams and bumpy roads, a 9-kilometer thrilling ride until you reach the village-managed base camp. Photo by Rappler

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Set off on an adventure to get closer to Mount Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, world-famous for its almost-perfect cone.

When you are in Legazpi City, hop on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) for as low as P2,000 ($40).

Drive through clear streams, dusty paths, and rough roads – a thrilling 9-kilometer ride until you reach the village-managed base camp, where a lava wall formed after the volcano's 2006 eruption. (READ: Looking back: Mayon Volcano’s most destructive eruption)

A quick climb up the lava wall brings you face to face with the majestic volcano. But before you say goodbye and take the zipline back to the base camp, enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree view of a green Albay.

Green tourism

Albay has nurtured a culture of going green and disaster preparedness. Although located at the intersection of the typhoon belt and the Pacific Ring of Fire – with natural hazards like the Mayon volcano – Albay has transformed these disaster risks into opportunities. (WATCH: Rappler Talk: How can tourism promote climate resilience?

The province has expanded its forest cover by 88% in 7 years, from an initial 26,000 hectares of forest land to 44,000 hectares today.

Albay has also seen a substantial increase in its mangroves, from 700 hectares of mangrove forests when the program was launched to 2,400 hectares today.

"I cannot remove Mayon volcano, I cannot stop typhoons, and people won't move. We have to live and adapt with those factors," Albay second district Rep Joey Salceda told Rappler in a previous interview.

This approach has turned the province into an environmental and tourism powerhouse, with Mount Mayon as its major attraction. – Rappler.com

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