Land of beauty and laughter and songs.
Where stands our Mount Mayon, the peerless
Awe inspiring majestic grand
It’s a place where skies are bluer
This is Albay our own dear land.

So goes the hymn of Albay, ever proud of its main landmark, the picturesque perfect-coned volcano: Mount Mayon. Rising to 2, 462 meters into the blue skies, the volcano is a sight to behold in the entire Bicol region. It’s visible even from nearby provinces like Catanduanes, Sorsogon, and Camarines Sur. And yes, it’s visible from your plane’s window, and it will make your heart skip a beat the first time you see it.

In the vicinity, there are many locations to enjoy the view of Mt Mayon. The favorite ones are the Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga and the Ligñon Hill Nature Park in Legazpi City. If you’re adventurous, you can try the zip line at Ligñon Hill or take an ATV ride** as you explore the beauty of the place. That’s great fun with a great background. If you want the laid back way of savoring the scenery, get to a restaurant or hotel somewhere within Daraga and Legazpi that has an overlooking view of the volcano. Have a seat, relax, and sip your latte as you enjoy the adorable scene right before your eyes.

* Mount Mayon is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. With recorded eruptions over the past years, the volcano remains to be highly monitored for volcanic activities that can trigger pyroclastic flows, mud flows, ash falls.
** You can book your ATV rides with “Your Brother Travel and Tours” at Barangay Pawa in Legazpi City. From the airport, it’s about 10 to 15 minutes away by tricycle or taxi. More details on their website: http://www.mayonatvtour.com/

Legazpi City is in the Bicol Peninsula, southeast of Luzon. By air, it’s at least 45 minutes travel from Manila. By land, the trip can take 9 to 12 hours. For a detailed guide on land travel to Bicol, check this website.



ArisMape is a travel insider at ABS-CBN's Choose Philippines. He loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint, and hates beef, slow internet, and long taxi lines. His pastime is watching people watch other people. He swears on the power of smartphone. His half-life? Thirty.