Mt. Mauyog: Balamban’s Highlands of Tranquility

Mountain trekking is one of the Cebuanos’ most favorite hobby. With Cebu’s magnificent peaks from north to south, trekking enthusiasts have lots of options. Each peak has their own unique beauty, and the one in Balamban, Mt. Mauyog, is not an exception.

Photo by John Vincent Sande

Towering at 1,027 meters above sea level, Mt. Mauyog maintains to be one of the most popular hiking destinations in Balamban. While various peaks like Mt. Manunggal are also located in this province, Mt. Mauyog is popular due to its rock formation, similar to that of a human brain.

For those who have conquered its heights, Mt. Mauyog is not for the likes of beginners. The steep and narrow path uphill requires lots of endurance. Experienced trekkers may still find it difficult along the trail but it depends on your level of preparedness as well as the gear needed to trek.

But despite the difficult trail, Mt. Mauyog certainly rewards those who are patient and brave enough as the view from halfway down is remarkable. Once atop, climb on the edge of those rocks and be thrilled and amazed by all that green around and below, trees, vast fields, and that gentle breeze. Taking a hike on Mt. Mauyog is surely a treat for adventure seekers out there.


  • Entrance fee: ₱30 per head
  • Guide fee: ₱200-300 per group (optional)

How to Get There?

Exact location: Balamban, Cebu — approx. 2.5 hours away from the city. Just about 1.5 kilometers after West 35, right turn to Brgy. Sunog.

BY COMMUTE: From Ayala Terminal, hop on a v-hire and tell the driver to be dropped off at the corner towards Mt. Manunggal. Estimated fare for the v-hire ride is Php 120.00. Once you reach there, habal-habal drivers or motorcycle taxis are available from the Barangay Outpost and they can take you to the jump-off of Mt. Mauyog at Php 100.00 per head.

RENT: Avail an Uphill Cebu Package Tour (9 Destinations in 1 Day) for only P999 at SquadPH Tours and Travels.

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