Mount Tapyas (Chip) is a 10-20 minutes tricycle ride from coron town proper. It got its name because according to townfolks, when the japanese bombarded palawan, it chipped the upper part of the mountain.
It is advisable that before starting your trek up, you should buy atleast a 500ml water to avoid dehydration and to power up your body. Though, the stairway is cemented, still, going up is quite a challenge for you have to climb with about 700 plus steps. To temporarily forget about your aching muscles, you can take a short rest from time to time by sitting in the bench and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings.
At the top of the mountain, you'll have a chance to see the Big White Cross (unfortunately and sadly, it was damaged/ brought down by typhoon haiyan), lucky me, i was able to see it when i went there last march 2013. Anyway, you will still be able to see the picturesque beauty of Coron specially when the sun is about to set. A little walk at the back, will lead you to another part of the mountain which is also nice.
I hope that one day when i travel back again to coron and trek up Mt Tapyas, i will be able to see the Cross standing again with its might.
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