Such is the case when one climbs Pico de Loro (Parrot’s Beak)– the highest point in the whole of Cavite province.
wikimapia org. says “Pico de Loro offers a magnificent 360 view from the summit. Located approximately 85 kilometers southwest of Manila by road, located within Cavite and Batangas rolling mountains, it is situated where the Caraballo Mountains are in the north, Nasugbu, Batangas in the south, Maragondon on the east and the South China Sea on the west. Considered the highest mountain in the Cavite province.
You can actually see ships passing by the Batangas and Bataan shore lines while the entire Batangas and Cavite on the south-eastern side will offer you a magnificent view of the south-eastern mountains like Batulao and Talamitam.”
There are also wild birds (hornbills) and monkeys that one may encounter. Pico de Loro is a part of a protected forest reserve so those occurence (an encounter with wildlife) is all the more possible.
How can I get to Pico de Loro? you might ask.
Take any Maragondon bound bus which piles up at Lawton or Liwasang Bonifacio.
Pico de Loro is not near the metro so one should have some people skills (to ask directions from strangers) or better yet, hire a jeepney or a tricycle to take them directly to the start off points of the climb.
By self drive:
Take Southern Luzon Express (SLEX) and take Carmona exit. Head towards the “magnetic road” and you’ll find Pico de Loro along the way.
Again, the panoramic view atop Pico de Loro is etherial and is indeed worthy of at least one of your weekends. 😉