Pico de Loro of Palay-palay

Commonly known as Pico de Loro, these two peaks are actually part of the Palay-palay mountain range of the Mounts Palay-Palay–Mataas-na-Gulod Protected Landscape. It’s called parrot’s beak probably because of this (well, we were on a tricycle, it’s dusk, my camera hit a rock wall hours earlier, and the result is):

repeat, tilt your head to the right.

Parrot’s beak (tilt your head to the right)

This itinerary is based on UP Los Banos as your point of origin, although you can derive possible routes when you are in Laguna. If doing a traverse from Ternate, Cavite to Nasugbu, Batangas, your day hike (on average) could take about 17 hours and cost around P800.00.

To Trece Martirez, Naic, and Ternate

Starting from the Calamba Crossing terminal, ride a van (packed like a can of chunky corned beef) to Trece Martirez, Cavite (see note 1). Remind the driver of the van to drop you off on the jeepney terminal to Naic.

Once in Trece Martirez, the jeepney terminal to Naic is around the public market. It’s about 11 kilometers from Trece Martirez to Naic, and takes around an hour of travel.

You know you’re already there (in Naic) when you can see the BDO bank (on your right) and Jolibee on your left, and especially if the driver says that you should “baba now kayo dito para mag“ride a tricycle to barangay Sapang, Ternate, or simply to Pico de Loro.

The ride takes around 1 hour, or more if you rode an old trike, and would need to get down and help push it uphill once in a while. Once you reach the place, register at the base camp, have snacks or lunch, and begin your hike to the peak. You would be going a few meters, back where you came from, for the trail’s start.

Ascent to Pico

It takes about 2-3 hours (or more) to hike up, depending on your pace, or if you would detour a bit, or go see the waterfalls and bog, which can be found to the left a few kilometers after passing through the 2nd payment area. You will be paying another P25 along the way because you are passing through…

You can also camp there, probably if you’ll be doing a Nasugbu to Ternate traverse.


Again, you can opt to go on a side trip to the waterfalls after passing through the private property/camping area.

Once on top, it’s up to you what you can do. I’ll not be spoiling you again here (as you have already seen in dozens of blogs), but these are some of the things you can see up there.



from my first climb to Pico last 2014


this is probably what you would feel if you’re afraid of heights

Going to Nasugbu and then Pala-pala
Remember that the descent takes around 2 hours so account for this time in order to reach the other side in Nasugbu before dark (well unless you have flashlights). The trail starts at the base of the monolith, and just follow the well-defined trails. It’s best to always go right, unless again, the trail seems to be grassy or “less used” in comparison with another trail. If you also see that it is purposely blocked, then you should go through not, would you? Walk on until you reach a couple of old huts, wherein you should see the path on the left side of one of the last huts that you’ll see.
A few minutes later, you’ll arrive at a firing range. This is barangay Papaya (Nasugbu), and take the tricycles parked there. The trip is about 1 hour and 20 minutes to the central business district (bayan). From there, ride the buses that go to Pasay (last trip is 8 pm) but get down at Pala-pala (Dasmarinas, Cavite) if you’re going back to Los Banos, or Calamba. Vans going to Calamba are located at the Robinson’s mall, opposite Padi’s Point.

To summarize the itinerary:

– Crossing (Calamba) to Trece Martirez, Cavite – P80 (van), around 1 hour
– Trece Martirez (near the public market) to Naic (barangay Tayum aka bayan) – P22 (jeep), around 20 minutes
– Naic to Pico de Loro base camp at barangay Sapang, Ternate, Cavite – P100 (tricycle), around 1 hour
– Ascent (2-3 hours)
– Descent to barangay Papaya, Nasugbu, Batangas (1.5 to 2 hours)
– barangay Papaya, Nasugbu, Batangas (firing range) to Nasugbu bayan – P150 (tricycle), around 45 minutes to 1 hour
– Nasugbu (bayan) to Pala-pala (Dasmarinas), Cavite – P111 (bus), around 2 hours
– Pala-pala to Crossing (Calamba) – P60 (van), around 45 minutes to 1 hour

Post Script: DSD Challenge (Do something different)

If it’s your 2nd or 3rd or 400th trip to Pico, you might try:

  • Photograph a dog, only dogs throughout the hike. You camera should only contain dog pictures, and not landscapes or trees or yourself. Better yet, place your hand or feet near them to show you are friends! (Dog bites guaranteed). Or maybe scenes or landscapes only, trees only, bugs only, footprints only, trash piles and litter only.


  • Look up the skies or trees while walking (as long as you don’t trip).
  • Pick up trash during your descent (don’t leave your trash in the first place).
  • Try balancing rocks (should be around 8-10 kilos), and not stones, along the trails (but not on the trail itself) while no one is looking around. Stop the activity immediately if someone comes along, or if you see people nearby, to avoid embarrassment of trying many times to balance a rock.DSC_3744a
  • Look for black leaves.
  • For once, go with some awesome, hyperactive beings and their spontaneous jokes, who would strip almost naked (for fun), but not completely naked (not please!), at the monolith.
  • Minimize stepping on bare soil while trekking. Step on stones (avoid the moss covered ones because they’re slippery and also because moss is a living thing) instead. Do that for at least 100 steps.
  • Oblige for a stranger’s request to take their pictures, if they would indeed ask you to do so. Frame your photograph well. DSC_3908a

It turns out that that stranger is Ms. Tia – model, swimmer and blogger. One can see this shot to be about hope, as seen by the sun rays emphasizing her eyes, and conquering ones fears (in her context) because in spite of her fear of heights, has managed to visit the cliffs of Pico de Loro! Well, although some angles would have been better Tia (I’ll tag you here on my blog, instead on FB, alright!?), this photo nonetheless portrays an inherent beauty within you. So climb more mountains but leave no trash, and hoping for your success in achieving your dreams!

(You can check out her blog on http://www.tialacson.com)

Note 1: 

Trece Martires City, previously known as Quintana, has been named to honor and perpetuate the memory of the 13 martyrs of Cavite who were sentenced to death and  executed on September 12, 1896.

Check these other Pico de Loro wordpress posts (and check Pinoy Mountaineer of course):





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2 thoughts on “Pico de Loro of Palay-palay

  1. Doctor Eamer says:

    I’ve been here! Awesome place! At hiking site 🙂

  2. Thanks for linking! Although for greenspired, my new link is — https://followyouroad.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/mt-pico-de-loro/

    More climbing adventures ahead! 🙂

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