Mt. Mago in Carmen, Cebu - Easy Trek for Beginners

Mt. Mago is one of the easiest and scenic climbs in Cebu. The trek is only one to two hour long depending on your pace. The endpoint of the ...

Mt. Mago is one of the easiest and scenic climbs in Cebu. The trek is only one to two hour long depending on your pace. The endpoint of the trek is the boundary of three towns Carmen, Danao and Tuburan.

How to Go to Mt. Mago

At Cebu North Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound for Carmen. Inform the bus driver to drop you at Carmen Public Market. You can buy food and drinks or eat breakfast at the market. Then, hire a habal-habal (motorcycle) to bring you to Brgy. Santican which is the starting point of the trek. You can hire a guide to lead you to the peak. The guides are usually kids who are locals to the area.

There are two trails to Mt. Mago, one is a bit challenging and the other is the easier trail. We first went for the challenging trail. It isn't really hard but it's mostly ascent which is tiring.







View from the peak
We had lunch after reaching the peak of Mt. Mago. Don't forget to give drinks and food to your guide too. After eating and resting, we began our ascent.

I personally like the views from the second trail more than the first trail.




We also passed by some cute water buffaloes.

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After finishing the trek, we had snacks at a small store in Brgy. Santican. I loved it there because the locals are friendly and they don't overprice nor scam the tourists.

Itinerary:
5:30 AM - Cebu North Bus Terminal
6:30 AM - Carmen Public Terminal & breakfast
7:00 AM - Habal-habal ride to Brgy. Santican
7:45 AM - Brgy. Santican
8:00 AM -Start of trek
10:00 AM - Mt. Mago Peak
11:00 AM - Begin of descent
1:00 AM - End of trek

Expenses:
₱ 45 - Bus fare (one way)
₱ 100 - Habal-habal fare per head (one way)
₱ 250 - Guide (It depends on your agreement or how much you want to give)

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