How to get to Sirao Peak Cebu, Philippines

Sirao Peak or Mt. Kan-Irag or Mt. Sibugay Hike

Sirao Peak has been famous among Cebu hikers all these years. We were told it's the most accessible and offers an easy trail to the mountain. The easy way is the Busay Trail which only takes less than an hour to reach the top from the jump-off site. Another way on a more challenging level is to hike the Budlaan Trail in Talamban, Cebu. This will take around 3-5 hrs, depending on your fitness level and stops. Let's go!

How to get there: Sirao Peak via Busay
Meeting point: JY Square, Lahug, Cebu

Take Jeepney 04L from Mazda Building near SM Mabolo to JY Square Lahug. Fare: 7 PHP
Then across JY Square Mall take a motorbike/ habal-habal to the jump-off site for Sirao Peak near Ayala Heights. Fare: 150 PHP. 

What to bring checklist:
Hiking shoes 
Waterproof bag
Cap and Sunglass
Windbreaker Jacket
Extra clothes for change
Water (at least 2 liters, if you're like me who needs plenty of water to survive)
Sunblock (Apply an hour before hike, reapply if needed, depends on SPF level)
Snack and Lunch (Make sure to clean up your mess)
Camera and your Smile
Kindness to the Mountain
Extra plastic bag (if you spot some trash along the way)
Small first aid kit, whistle and flashlight

We met up early in the morning, had our breakfast, and made our way to JY Square in Lahug. Our plan was to have lunch at the peak so we bought Lechon Manok/Roasted Chicken for 180 PHP and 15 pieces of puso/ hanging rice for 50 PHP. I thought that should be enough for three young-ish ladies but I was wrong, try to pack more to ensure you're well-fed on your hike.

I was so ready to take the motorbike up after we bought our supplies however my two companions decided why don't we try walking?! Well, I was down for anything so off we went on a dangerous path to our destination. We were actually doing good but the weather was not permitting. Rain showers started to pour and we were left with no choice but to take the motorbike. Little did we know the weather was actually guiding us in the right way. The hike to Ayala heights was too far to walk, the small roads with not much space for hikers on the side made it a risky task too. We already walked a good one hour, so our motorbike fee to Ayala Heights was only 50 PHP. 

There are no signs that show you the drop-off point or entryway to Sirao Peak. This Canada Drive was a standout sign for me, as this is the road that leads you to Barangay Sirao and the flower garden. My friend's friendly gesture got us a free ride on a soldier's truck a few meters away from the peak. The gateway to Sirao Peak is not that far from the army station, there's a small road along the paved road that leads you to an open field. It's unnoticeable as there is no sign and everyone seems like just heading to the Flower Farm. Once you see the grassland and a few mango trees it only means you're on the right path. It's not even far from the road, don't go all the way to the flower farm. The moment you step on that small road it immediately transports you to a different world. There will be two mountains each on different sides, Sirao peak is the greener one, with mango trees lining up the way. The other mountain seemed more inhabited, houses and sort of like electric towers are visible from afar.

The trail starts with a wide filed of grassland, then everything else is all uphill, filled with stones and plants. It rained that day, we expected the trail to be slippery thus our footing was slow and precise. I didn't wear my hiking shoes for some valid reason, however, please do wear proper hiking shoes as this will keep you safe - I did slip and that's not a good thing. We were lucky enough it didn't rain that hard, it was a cool hike to the peak for us. My friend had an umbrella and I had my windbreaker jacket with me, so we were all good. The moment we arrived at the top it stopped raining for a while we then quickly had our lunch. Another thing to keep in mind when hiking is to waterproof your stuff, I lost my hiking touch and totally forgot all about this - got way too excited ahahaa. The fog covered our whole view of the city for a few minutes as it drizzled, it didn't really bother us at that moment as we were busy with our roasted chicken. By the time we were almost done with lunch, the fog started to clear out and we got ourselves a beautiful sight of Cebu City. It was one of those simple hiking pleasures of seeing the fruits of your labor, sweet and memorable.

Going down the mountain was a piece of cake.. for my friend. I'm one of those hikers who takes their sweet time analyzing how far, how slippery, the consequence of setting one's foot on the wrong place thus I am the slowpoke. My friend would always tease me about it. I just can't find myself to go down the mountain fast and do a cartwheel with my face. 

Sirao Garden

After visiting Sirao Peak you can check out Sirao Garden (Entrance fee: 50 PHP. According to my research, Celosia flowers bloom in the summer (April-May). 

Anyways, he heads back down, took the same short path out to the main cemented road, and walked back to the main point where the motorbike dropped us off in Ayala Heights, Canada Drive point. We took a motorbike to Busay and then took a jeepney from there to JY Square, which saved us a few pennies instead of taking the motorbike/habal-habal all the way down to JY Square.

From JY Square we took refuge from a bakery and had some cornetto ice cream as we waited for the traffic to settle down a little bit. I love ending my hikes this way, relax and happy. It was a short and easy climb plus the rain spiced things up for our Sirao Peak Hike. This is definitely a great way to get away from the bustling city and immerse oneself with nature, and you don't need to travel far as it is right at the heart of Cebu City. 

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight, and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go do something unique and fun like Wall climbing or a Zip-line adventure in Cebu.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to check out the Hidden Waterfalls in the South side of Cebu. 

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