Tagaytay-Killer Loop

The 3 Explorers- me the only thorn amongst the roses with Lea Latayan and Deo Cas.

Short but deadly- that is how I will describe the Tagaytay Killer Loop. These are series of routes that takes you down and up (or up and down depending on the start of the route) from the Tagaytay Ridge to the Taal Lake coastline. Its a great climbing training that is short and not-sweet; ideal for a quick workout for those on a weekend vacation on this resort town.

Two prominent routes composes this loop- the Tagaytay-Talisay Road. The small road that starts from the prominent Tagaytay Rotunda. Its a longer 12-15km stretch and its better to go down this way as its harder to do this going up. And the Ligaya Drive, or what locals fond of calling Sungay (horns as translated

The best way to end one hard ride- replenish the lost fats by eating Bulalo.

in English). Not sure where they got this name but for me, this Sungay is an appropriate name for this one hell of a route.  Weekend motorcycle enthusiasts talks about the capability of their motorcycles to climb this route so that is a clear proof that this is a challenging climb. Its shorter than the Tagaytay-Talisay route by 2-3 Kilometers so its still better to take this one going up. This road is the one that goes down from the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) facility in Tagaytay. So coming from Manila via Santa Rosa- the Ligaya route is to your left while the Tagaytay-Talisay route is to your right as you exit Santa-Rosa-Tagaytay Road.

If the intent is to just do a day tour here- you can park in any of the restaurants in Tagaytay. Other options for a longer route includes the Taal Lake Loop circling the entire Taal Lake or to use any of these two routes going down and go further towards Agoncillo for a climb via Payapa route (see Payapa entry in this blogsite).

The Route:

Tagaytay- Sungay

Tagaytay Sungay Loop

For more map details please visit my Everytrail at: http://www.everytrail.com/my_trips.php?user_id=46765 
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