The horseback ride up to the top to see the volcano and crater lake is very dusty so bring your own mask or buy one when you get there. The heat is sweltering so bring a hat and wear footwear that covers your toes as it is safer when you are on the horse. Be wary - there are a lot of young children and teens acting as guides for the horses that you ride up and my husband was told he was not allowed off his horse unless he paid a handsome tip. The kid trying to swindle him demanded more than we paid for the trip! My husband took out his cell phone and made a "fake" call to the tour agent that set this trip up for us and the kid disappeared. We would have gladly tipped but not if it is demanded of us in a threatening manner. Also, be careful of the horses as they are tiny and may balk and taking up a larger person. In this case, it may be in your best interest to just walk up and down yourself. Once we got to the top, we took our time taking pictures of the volcano and spent a lovely time up there. People try to see you golf balls and lend you a golf club to whack the balls into the crater lake but that doesn't seem very sustainable or eco-friendly so I hope people realize this and not spoil a beautiful spot.
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