Hi guys! How's your September so far? Honestly speaking mine is in slow motion. I feel like I'm in this limbo and I hate this because I am someone who lacks patience and wants to get things done right away. Don't get me wrong though because I am into something productive, though this isn't something big. I'm in momentarium waiting for declarations but I'm still looking forward for amazing things to happen.
Anyway, let's get over the drama and push away the heaviness in this post. This post is really overdue but here's a short bla-bla-bla about how my friends and I used a one day holiday for an exciting adventure. We decided to go hiking at the Osmeña Peak.
If you haven't heard of the place, it's the highest peak in Cebu located at Mantalongon Dalaguete Cebu. The peak is approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. Dalaguete is about 85 kilometers from Cebu City.
As you can see in the photos, the mountains look almost similar to the Chocolate hills of Bohol but differs because the ones in Mantalongon are thinner and has a sharper tip. It is also rocky that it reminds me of a description written about Mt. Olympus and Aunt Lyssa's home. Funny how the place made us feel like we're one of the cast from Game of Thrones hahaha
To prevent you from the same dilemma, here's a "How To Get To Osmeña Peak" information I prepared for you, if you ever plan to visit the place. Of course there are so many ways to get there, but what I wrote below is how we got to the place. What's written below is basically from our experience. If you know other/better ways to get there, then feel free to comment it below.
- The bus drivers said you can actually take ANY bus going south. You just have to stop at Dalaguete's highway where some motorcycle drivers can take you to the peak.
- We took a ride in an airconditioned bus and it cost us 110 pesos. There are rides available from bus with no air condition and it's just a little bit cheaper than the airconditioned ones. That explains why we took the latter :)
- The bus stopped us in front of Julie's bakeshop. The bakeshop served as our landmark.
- The ride from the terminal to Dalaguete took us approx. 2 hours or more. Some people said it took them 3, but I think depends on the situation.
- The motorcycle ride cost us 200 pesos, that's for a back and forth ride. We were fetch by the same drivers going down at Dalaguete's highway where the bus stopped us. We also took a bus going home at the same place.
- Some people we know said the motorcycle drivers can drop us at the Mantalongon vegetable market and we can just hike all the way through the peak, that way, we can save half from our motorcycle payment. But believe me, the vegetable market is way too far from the hiking area and the road going there is too steep and rocky. I think a motorcycle ride will really save your day.
- While hiking, wear a proper hiking attire. It is also best to bring a jacket or a sweater because the temperature is really gonna drop once you reach the peak.
- If possible, wear a good hiking shoes like a real hiking shoes. My friends and do not have any so we really had a hard time. There are absolutely no trees to save us because there is none in the area. I failed miserably in looking for an alternative cane at that time haha.
- I think it's better to visit the place in summer. It is really not a joke to hike on wet season but I think it's more adventurous! ;)
I was very thankful that we got home safe,sound and happy. I'll never forget the holiday adventure that we have for the rest of my life. I hope more eyes will realize the beauty of Cebu by visiting the peak.