Scaling the parrot’s beak

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Pico de Loro

Towering over seas of greens and blues, scaling Pico de Loro is the highlight of a climb to Mt. Palay Palay. The monolith stands imposing and dramatic amidst the plains of Cavite and the waters of South China Sea.

They say conquering the parrot’s beak takes skill and experience. It may not be for the faint of heart, but for the daredevils, the peak is surprisingly easy peasy. :) Its intimidating appearance sets off some climbers who settle for the actual peak of Mt. Palay Palay before proceeding through a steep path and crossing over to the rock.

At its base, there is a short portion where makeshift steps jut from the side of the rock and where a rather beaten rope was installed to aid the climbers. These make the climb up the monolith not too difficult. Careful steps must still be on top of mind as a slip to the right will send you plummeting a good hundreds of meters to the ground.

On top, rigid and appearing too vertical as a tower should be, the rock formation can be a good venue for rappelling. In fact, when we were there, a group was trying it out at Php250.00 per head.

Aside from the monolith, another sidetrip to complement a Mt. Palay Palay climb is a dip in the waterfalls which can be found about ten minutes off the main trail.

Accessible at two to three hours away from Metro Manila, a dayhike or a weekend in Mt. Palay Palay and Pico de Loro is easily a favorite for a quick weekend respite. To get to this part of Cavite, take a Ternate-bound bus from Manila and hire a jeepney to take your group to the DENR station and jump-off point.

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  1. Pico de Loro has a special place in my heart. It was my 3rd climb and 2nd for my mountaineering group which I co-founded… We had the fondest memories when we had an overnight camping there… truly. Pico de Loro is one of my favorites!

    • awww, that’s nice. :) glad to hear you had a great time there! save for the rain on the night we climbed, it’s a favorite of mine for its trail and the rock tower. :)

  2. dameng nag-iinivite saken na mountaineers to Pico de Loro, kala cguro nila backpacker mountaineer ako, d nila alam takot ako sa heights. haha asteeg ka girl! I hope I can conquer my fear of heights by doing a major climb this year.

  3. wow! nka-akyat ka dun sa peak? how hard was it? mahirap ba? :) meron ba mga guide from the DENR station/jump off point? kelangan ba mountaineer para maakyat to? sorry, dami ko tanong. hehehe

    • yesss. got to climb the peak. :) it was rather easy although this is not the first time i scaled a rock like pico de loro. once on top, you will be up against the strong winds naman. haha. honestly, you don’t need to be a mountaineer to climb it. you just need the right attitude and the extra precaution to get over the initial impression that it’s a hard thing to climb. not being afraid of heights is another must of course. :P

      there are guides available at the DENR jump off. medyo maraming ligaw rin ang trail if you’re not too careful and observant. our group didn’t get one since there were a lot of non-first timers to pico in our group.

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