posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 02:49 AM
Now we see both the thrill seeker and the truly stupid, it's one thing to be outside the listed danger area but quite another to hire local guides to
get you inside the exclusion zone!
Thrill-seeking tourists flock to Philippine volcano
(AFP) – 2 hours ago
LEGASPI, Philippines — Thousands of tourists are flocking to the Philippines' restive Mayon volcano with many even risking their lives to get close
to the spectacular flowing lava, authorities said Wednesday.
Governor Joey Salceda, whose province of Albay includes Mayon, said 2,400 tourists a day had been pouring into the area since the famously active
volcano started oozing lava on December 14, compared with about 200 a day before.
"All the hotels are fully booked, even the cheapest ones," Salceda told AFP.
He said that tourists typically only stayed overnight to view the crimson lava oozing from the volcano's crater in the dark.
"It is like a slow moving meteor show. You really feel awe when you see it."
There are enough thrill-seekers and, when you combine them with some enterprising local guides, they find their way in," he said.
The military heightened security around Mayon, about 330 kilometres (200 miles) southeast of Manila, on Monday after two foreign tourists were seen
over the weekend riding all-terrain vehicles towards the volcano.