Bicol’s Mount Mayon Volcano is about as picturesque a volcano as you can imagine. Perfectly conical, it is the Philippines’ most active volcano, having erupted five times in the past 25 years. Needless to say the ATV ride towards its base is a thrilling one.
You can take one of several routes, depending on your budget and experience, but make sure you see the lava front from the 2006 eruption. There you can climb the still-steaming lava wall and look back down the valley you’ve just ridden up. Crossing rivers and accelerating up steep climbs, this is a ride for confident drivers.
From the lava front you’ll then cruise through local villages and the dense green countryside, all the while keeping an eye on the image of menacing Mount Mayon in your rearview mirror.
There are six different trails with prices starting from as little as US$15 for a 150cc ATV for 45 minutes, all the way to about US$185 for a thundering 650/800cc beast you can use for the whole day to circle Mount Mayon.
Depending on your confidence, the routes can be difficult. You can, however, hire a two-person ATV and cling for dear life onto the back of your trusted companion.