25 Best RIZAL TOURIST SPOTS to Visit & Things to Do

25 Best RIZAL TOURIST SPOTS to Visit & Things to Do

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Located east of Metro Manila, the province of Rizal is one of the most popular destinations among travelers from Manila and nearby areas — thanks to its close proximity and its wide buffet of attractions.

Summit-seekers will never leave wanting because Rizal nurtures mountains that flaunt thick forests and striking rock cliffs. Nature lovers are drawn to its cascading waterfalls and meandering rivers. And those looking for adventure can explore its many caves that will surely rock their itineraries. Besides the natural attractions, Rizal also boasts cultural and historical sites, including churches, parks, and museums.

Whether you’re planning a day trip, a weekend getaway, or a holiday escape, Rizal has something for you. Here are some of the best things to do and places to visit in the province.

Note: The opening hours and rates might change without prior notice, so please check the official websites or Facebook pages before visiting.

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Rizal Day Tour from Manila

If you don’t have a car but want to travel conveniently, you can join a group tour package that offers transportation to and from Manila. Klook’s Rizal Day Tour from Manila is inclusive of roundtrip transportation, toll fees, and parking fees. Most of the attractions in the itinerary are located in Tanay, Rizal. Here are the usual stops:

  • Sierra Madre, Hanging Bridge
  • Daranak Falls
  • Calinawan Cave
  • Regina Rica Shrine
  • Windmill Farm
  • Celossian Flower Farm
  • El Patio Razon (Hobbit House & Kawa Hot Bath)

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1. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa

Established in 2016, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is the cherry on top of the eight-hectare Loreland Farm Resort .

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Located along Antipolo Ridges, the farm resort provides a scenic and serene relaxing space for weary guests. Enjoy the view of Laguna de Bay, Metro Manila, and Antipolo while enjoying the amenities like the infinity pools. Pamper yourself in a heated jacuzzi, sauna, or hydro-massage pool. You can also avail of the massage and body scrub packages.

Address: Sitio Loreland, Barangay San Roque Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: Open daily from Monday to Sunday; 9:00AM–2:00PM (Morning Tour); 12:00PM–5:00PM (Afternoon Tour); 2:00PM–7:00PM (Evening Tour). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Package Rates: P850 – P4,000 (Solo); P5,000 (Couple Spa Package); P24,000 (Spa Party Package, 10 pax minimum)

Klook is offering discounted rates for two of their day trip packages — Hanging Gardens Retreat and Hanging Gardens Getaway . Both are inclusive of slippers, access to the spa’s facilities (locker, sauna, heated jacuzzi, hydro-massage pool, infinity pools, Dr. Fish Spa, and meditation lounges), traditional bathrobe and towel, and Antipolo’s best suman .

The Hanging Gardens Getaway package includes a set meal served in a bento box (soup, veggies, main meal, dessert). There are two options for the main course — smoked St. Louis pork ribs or smoked Norwegian salmon. Get your discount voucher from Klook and reserve your slot by calling the office at least two days before your desired schedule.

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2. ATV Adventure

Need a dose of adrenaline? You can also go on a thrilling rough road adventure riding an ATV along muddy trails, across rivers, and through jungles.

ATV Adventure Rizal organizes various ATV tours. There are five route options:

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  • Short Trail
  • Forest Trail
  • Marikina River Trail
  • Jungle Trail.

Each has its own set of itinerary, duration, and inclusions. There will be a safety briefing and demo with an ATV expert, so no need to worry if it’s your first time. Just follow the instructions and you are good to go!

Address: ATV Adventures Rizal, Purok Uno, Sapinit Road, Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: 6:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Contact Details: 0908 894 0771 / [email protected]

Get your discount voucher from Klook!

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3. Paintball Battleground

Another attraction offered by ATV Adventure Rizal is Paintball Battleground , which allows one hour of use of the battlefield with your friends or family for less than P500!

This also includes 50 bullets and complete paintball gear — a mask, vest, and a paintball gun.

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For safety, please follow all the rules and regulations when inside the battleground. Fire away!

Address: Sapinit Road Barangay San Juan, Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: 6:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Contact Details: 0908 894 0771 / [email protected]

If your group wants to have a private paintball session, you can book Klook’s Private Paintball Experience offer. Make sure that your group is composed of eight participants for you to reserve a time slot. No walk-ins as of now, so you really need to book in advance and reserve two days before your ideal schedule.

4. Pinto Art Museum

I may be biased but I think I am not alone when I say Pinto Art Museum is one of the most picturesque contemporary museums in the country!

Established in 2010, Pinto Art Museum was born from the art collection of its founder, neurologist Dr. Joven Cuanang. From the museum’s name pinto , which translates to ‘door’, the aim is to bridge diverse cultures and perspectives through arts.

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The museum presents various types of arts — sculptures, paintings, installations, mixed media, and more — which revolve around religion, historical events, and different modernist movements. It also showcases the works of Filipino contemporary artists. Another popular feature that you should not miss when you visit is its in-house restaurant, the Cafe Rizal .

Designed by artist Antonio Leaño, the whole museum complex is composed of white structures enclosed in a two-hectare botanical garden. It exudes a serene atmosphere. It’s not surprising that this is one of the most Instagrammed museums in the Philippines. The place is also open to couples who want to do a prenuptial shoot. Contact the management for the rates.

Address: 1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: 10:00AM-6:00PM (Tuesday-Sunday); CLOSED (Mondays). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Entrance Fee: P250 (Adult); P200 (PWD/Senior Citizen); P125 (Student w/ Proof of Enrollment); FREE (3y/o and below) Contact Details: +63 (2) 8697-1015 / [email protected]

5. Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

Officially declared a National Cultural Treasure in 1973 by the National Museum of the Philippines, the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs site offers a glimpse into the prehistoric Philippines.

The ancient carvings are preserved on a rock wall along the boundary of Angono and Binangonan. A tunnel leading to the petroglyphs is located a few meters off the road (Col. Guido Road). The rock wall is protected by a fence but you can still marvel at the carvings from a wooden viewing deck. This was first discovered by national artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco in 1965.

Location: NM – Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs Site Museum, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: FREE

6. Masungi Georeserve

Opened to the public in 2015, the Masungi Georeserve is a conservation area managed and protected by concerned and passionate groups and individuals. It aims to promote a mutually healthy coexistence between nature and people and to educate visitors about the importance of conservation through sustainable geotourism.

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Located on the southern part of the Sierra Madre mountain range, the georeserve has piqued the curiosity of weekend warriors, especially those who are passionate about the environment and those interested in geology.

The whole area cradles limestone caves, rock formations, karst cliffs, and rainforests. The park has eco-trails, rope courses, and hanging bridges that connect some of the key points inside the conservation area. The Sapot (cobweb) and the Duyan (hammock) are two of the most popular features inside the park.

The park also has several viewpoints, from where you can admire stunning views of the mountains, the park, and even Laguna de Bay in some spots. Note that Masungi Georeserve offers different trails and experiences — Discovery Trail, Legacy Trail, and Garden Picnic. Check the inclusions, then choose the one that suits your preference

Please wear comfortable clothes and footwear with good grip, and respect and follow the policies when inside the park. Prior reservation is needed. No walk-ins.

Location: Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Tuesday-Sunday), CLOSED (Mondays). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Admission: Need prior reservation. Visit the official website www.masungigeoreserve.com/experience. Contact Details: +63 908 888 70 02 / [email protected]

Klook offers a guided join-in tour of the Masungi Georeserve. The package covers roundtrip transportation, snacks, access to the facilities, and a guided tour within Masungi. The particular trail offered is the Discovery Trail.

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7. Hinulugang Taktak

Designated as a national park in 1990, the Hinulugang Taktak Protected Landscape covers three hectares of verdant forest. It was named after the Hinulugang Taktak waterfalls, which is obviously the highlight of the park.

Easily accessible from the town center, it is an iconic landmark in Antipolo and said to be one of the most visited national parks in the country. The trails leading to the falls have been developed to make it easier for tourists, especially seniors and PWDs, to access.

The area surrounding the falls has become a picnic site, adorned with tables and gazebos. There is also a designated pool area for those who want to swim. If you want to trek or do some challenging activities, you can check out the new facilities like wall climbing, rappelling, and other rope courses.

Both the local government and DENR are continuously doing their job to protect and maintain the park. Let us help by following the rules and regulations.

Most travelers visit this and the nearby Pinto Art Museum in a day.

Location: Daang Bakal Road/Taktak Road, Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: P30 (Adult); P15 (Students); P100 (Foreigners); FREE (Children below 7 y/o, seniors, and PWDs) Other Fees: P50 (Swimming Pool), P50/hour (Table), P500/day (Cottage)

8. Daranak Falls

The 14-meter high Daranak Falls is one of the popular natural attractions in Tanay and a favored summer destination for locals and tourists alike.

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Located at the foot of densely forested Tanay mountains, the picturesque area — with Daranak falls as its centerpiece — features cascading waters, rivers, ponds, and a huge natural pool. There are picnic sheds and tables for rent.

Note that plastic, styrofoam, alcoholic beverages, and pets are not allowed. Please do not litter and clean as you go.

Location: Daranak Falls, Tanay, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: P50 per person. Children below 3ft are free of charge. Rental Rates: P200 (Picnic Table, good for 6 pax); P300 (Picnic Shed, good for 8 pax)

Daranak Falls is included in the itinerary of Klook’s Rizal Day Tour from Manila. This includes roundtrip transportation.

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9. Batlag Falls

Not too far from Daranak Falls is another set of cascades with swimming holes — Batlag Falls .

You just need to trek uphill and deeper into the thick jungle to reach this beauty. The cool water rushes down from a limestone cliff. The water basins (one shallow and one relatively deeper) serve as swimming areas. Try to explore farther from the main pools and you might find a less crowded swimming spot.

The best time to go is morning when there are fewer people. Bring your own food and clean as you go.

Location: Batlag Falls, Tanay, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-8:00PM (Monday-Sunday, Day Tour). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: P150 (Adult); P50 (Child); P200 (Overnight/Camping) Rental Rates: P200 (Picnic Table); P200 – P300 (Picnic Shed/Cottage)

10. Mt. Daraitan

Part of the Sierra Madre mountain range, Mount Daraitan straddles the town of Tanay in Rizal and the town of General Nakar in Quezon province.

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Daraitan is characterized by lush forests and limestone formations, which dominate the summit. From the zenith, enjoy the breathtaking view of the snake-like form of Tinipak River and the Sierra Madre mountain range.

There are two trails — a short-but-challenging trail and a long-but-relaxed trail. Going down, you can either trace back your trail or take the trail down to Tinipak River . You can check out the nearby cave if you still have time.

Camping is allowed. If you go on a day hike, please be there early because there is a limited number of people allowed per day . Those who didn’t make it on time will be directed to other peaks like Mount Binutasan, Mount Lugang, or Mount Maynoba.

From Tanay town center, you can hire a tricycle to take you directly to Daraitan’s barangay hall. The rate is around P500, good for 5-6 pax.

Location: Mount Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal Jump-off Point Barangay Daraitan Barangay Hall. You need to register your group here and then you will be assigned a guide or two, depending on the size of your group. Registration Fee: P20 (Day Hike) Tourism Fee: P100 (Inclusive of Tinipak River) Guide Fee: P500/group (Day Hike); P1250/group (Overnight/Camping) Number of Visitors: 300 hikers per day

You can book Klook’s Mount Daraitan Day Tour from Manila package if you want to travel conveniently.

11. Tinipak River

This mountain river meanders below the Sierra Madre range. This natural attraction is a usual side trip destination for those hiking Mount Daraitan. The clear water flows through smooth limestone rocks and boulders.

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Tourists enjoy taking a dip and swimming in the refreshing water. Not far from the main swimming area is a cave with a small cascade forming a natural pool inside.

Wear aqua shoes or footwear with good grip as trails can be slippery.

Location: Tinipak River, Tanay, Rizal Jump-off Point Barangay Daraitan Barangay Hall. You need to register your group here and then you will be assigned a guide or two, depending on the size of your group. Registration Fee: P20 Tourism Fee: P100 (Inclusive of Daraitan Hike) Guide Fee: P500/group (Day Hike); P1250/group (Overnight/Camping)

Klook’s Mount Daraitan Day Tour from Manila package includes both Mount Daraitan and Tinipak River experience. This is inclusive of roundtrip transportation.

12. Pililla Wind Farm

Encompassing over 4,500 hectares of the hilly landscape, the Pililla Wind Farm flaunts its colossal wind turbines that tower over the landscape. All 27 wind turbines stand like gigantic sentinels, providing an incredibly scenic tourist destination near Manila and, more importantly, electricity.

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Managed by Alternergy Philippine Holdings Corporation (APHC), the whole wind farm is said to produce almost 150 Gigawatt hours of electricity annually.

Note that there’s not much shade here, so if you are visiting at noon or early afternoon, make sure you bring an umbrella or any protection from the sun. There’s a designated view deck where you can view the turbines at a higher altitude and a small information building.

If you want to view the turbines from the hill across the viewing deck, you have to pay P10 to trek up the hill. Even from afar, they are a sight to behold, especially during sunset and early morning. The place is also popular among bikers.

Location: Barangay Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal Opening Hours: 7:00AM-6:00PM (Monday-Sunday) Entrance Fee: FREE Getting Here: From Tanay town center, you can hire a tricycle to take you to the wind farm. The rate is P200-300.

13. Higantes Festival

Celebrated annually in the town of Angono, Higantes Festival is a two-day feast known for its giant papier-mâché puppets, which represent the malevolent feudal lords (hacienda owners) during the Spanish regime era. Eventually, it developed into a celebration for Pope St. Clement I.

During the festival, the titan-like papier-mâché puppets, representing the barangays of Angono, are paraded throughout the streets.

Location: Angono, Rizal Festival Date: November 22 & 23

14. Botong Francisco’s Ancestral House

National Artist for Visual Art Carlos “Botong” Francisco is renowned for his vivid paintings depicting folk scenes and values. His works serve as significant reminders and records of our culture and heritage.

The ancestral house was opened to the public in the 1970s with no definite opening hours, making the masterpieces and memoirs accessible to the public, a symbolic gesture of offering himself, a National Artist, through his works to the Filipino people.

The highlight is the artist’s intact studio where some of his earlier works and sketches are displayed, along with his well-preserved personal belongings and collections. As a muralist, he pioneered this art form in the Philippines.

Aside from being an artist, he is also a scriptwriter whose notable works include Manuel Conde’s, Genghis Khan. The ancestral house/museum is managed by his grandson, artist Carlos “Totong” Francisco II.

Address: Dona Aurora Street, Barangay Poblacion Itaas, Angono, Rizal Opening Hours: 24/7 Entrance Fee: FREE

15. Angono Mural Street

Home of prominent artists and museums, Angono is hailed as the “Art Capital of the Philippines”. Visiting national artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s ancestral house will lead you to a stretch of road marked by street art — the Doña Aurora Street, also known as the Angono Mural Street .

Charlie Anorico, Gerry Batang, and Ebong Pinpino are the artists behind the murals and sculptured walls flanking Doña Aurora Street. These murals are based on the masterpieces of Botong Francisco with texts from the song “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan”, which is another cultural treasure composed by national artist Maestro Lucio San Pedro .

Location: Dona Aurora Street, Barangay Poblacion Itaas, Angono, Rizal Opening Hours: 24/7 Entrance Fee: FREE

16. Bahay na Bato

Said to be the oldest house in Pililla, the centuries-old Bahay na Bato (House of Stone) will transport you back to the Spanish colonial period where this type of architecture became prevalent.

It is located near St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church. The combination of stone masonry and woodwork for both the exterior and the interior are intact, surviving the test of time. Aside from seeing antique furniture and architectural gems, the place is a popular stop for photo sessions.

Address: J.P. Rizal Street, Takungan, Poblacion, Pililla, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). If the gate is closed, try knocking or buzzing at the gate. The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: FREE. You can tip the caretaker. However, if you are doing official photoshoots, like a prenup, you have to call them to inquire about the rates and availability. Contact Details: 620 2400 loc 4242 / [email protected]

17. Calinawan Cave

Calinawan Cave is a must-visit not only for adventure seekers but also for history buffs.

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The multi-level cave system harbors remarkable rock formations (stalagmites and stalactites), delighting spelunkers and curious travelers. The first two levels are quite easy to explore, good for beginners and kids. However, the succeeding levels require scrambling and getting through small openings. It’s even more challenging when the grounds are wet, making it slippery. Wear comfortable footwear and bring extra clothes, just in case.

The cave is believed to be one of the underground meeting places of the revolutionary katipuneros , plotting steps to overthrow the Spanish colonizers. It is best to explore with a guide. If you book a tour, you will be given protective gear like a helmet and flashlight. The guide will share stories and information as you explore the cave.

Location: Barangay Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal Opening Hours: 6:00AM-5:30PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: P50/person Guide Fee: Starts at P200, depending on the size of the group.

Calinawan Cave is included in the itinerary of Rizal Day Tour from Manila curated by Klook. This includes roundtrip transportation.

18. Balaw Balaw Restaurant’s Soup No. 5

Balaw Balaw Restaurant serves Filipino cuisine, boasting twelve kinds of sinigang and exotic fares on the menu. Some of the exotic food are itik (duck), sinabawang balut , ginataang kuhol , crickets, and frog cuisine. Note that some exotic food items are seasonal like the kamaro (crickets), uok , and bibingkang abnoy (spoiled duck egg).

But adventurous eaters come to this restaurant for one thing — the exotic Soup #5 , notorious for its star protein, cow’s balls. Let’s just say that it is an acquired taste!

The restaurant also features an art gallery, so you can check out the collection while there.

Address: #11 Doña Justa Subdivision, Barangay San Roque, Angono, Rizal Opening Hours: 10:00AM-8:30 PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Contact Details: 8651-0110 / 8722 4338 / 0916 8878570 / [email protected]

19. Treasure Mountain

Effortless sea of clouds near Manila! That’s what pulls campers and day-trippers to this high-altitude educational campsite.

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If you’ve always wanted to admire a sea of clouds in person but you don’t have the time, energy, stamina, or interest in hiking, this is a great alternative! Assuming the weather cooperates, that is. There are times when visitors won’t get to see the sea of clouds because it’s rainy (or other reasons), but the place still offers a panoramic view of the lush Sierra Madre mountain range.

Several viewpoints can be found inside the camp, so just choose your spot, Be careful when you climb some rock formations and cliffs as some of them are sharp and slippery. You can also try the rope courses installed within the campsite, ride the ATV, or swim in the pool. There are restrooms and a small restaurant near the entrance.

If you are camping overnight, you can bring your own tent and food — a corkage fee of P350 for food and P50 per alcoholic bottle. Pack some warmers and your trusty jacket because the weather up there is usually chilly. Please dispose of your trash properly. Note that the sea of clouds usually occurs between 5AM and 8AM.

Location: Sitio Maysawa, Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal Opening Hours: Day Tour 5:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Daily); Overnight Check-in Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Daily). Overnight Check-in Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Daily). The check-out time for overnight visitors is 1:00 PM the following day. Entrance Fee: P150/person (Day Tour); P200/person (Overnight) Other Fees: P300/tent (Camping Fee); P200 (Sleeping Mat); P500 – P800 (Tent Rental, 2-4 pax); P350 – P550 (Cottage Rental)

There are packages offered for Treasure Mountain Day Tour on Klook. Check the inclusions per package first, then choose the one that best suits your interests.

20. Antipolo Church

The province of Rizal is known for its pilgrimage and religious sites. In fact, the provincial capital, Antipolo, is hailed as a Pilgrimage City.

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One of Antipolo’s historical and religious landmarks is the Antipolo Cathedral , officially named National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and also the Immaculate Conception Parish.

The church was completed in the 17th century but has undergone several reconstructions and renovations over the years. It houses the wooden statue of Mary. It attracts huge crowds, mostly pilgrims and devotees, during Holy Week and the Pilgrimage Season.

Don’t leave without a quick stop at the Victory Pasalubong Center just next to the cathedral and grab some suman (sticky rice cake wrapped in leaves, usually banana leaves), kasuy (cashew nuts), and other local products!

Address: P. Oliveros Street, San Jose, Poblacion, Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: 6:00AM-7:00PM (Monday-Sunday). This is a place of worship, so please observe silence, especially when there are people praying or when mass is ongoing. Check the updated mass schedule on the official website. Entrance Fee: FREE

21. Phillip’s Sanctuary

Phillip’s Sanctuary is one of the favored eco-tourism, eco-adventure, and retreat destinations in Antipolo. It provides modern comforts and amenities in a natural, raw setting, letting the guests enjoy nature without sacrificing convenience.

The whole property features campsites, an agroforestry farm, function areas, an organic fruit farm, aquaculture, lodgings, a chapel, an honesty store, swimming pools, a restaurant, and greenery! It also has amenities for team building and big group events — obstacle courses, rope courses, zipline, bike trail, fishing area, and kayaking/rafting area.

Address: Pestano Farm Road, Sitio Panlilingan, Barangay San Juan, Antipolo, Rizal Office Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Friday) Entrance Fee: The rates vary depending on the inclusions and activities, but the Day Trip rate is P3,500 (good for 10 pax). Contact Details: (02) 8801 1411 / (02) 8880 9176 / 0917 8971162 / 0917 7085367 / [email protected] / [email protected]

22. Mount Purro Nature Reserve

If you are an avid fan of forest bathing, you might find Mount Purro Nature Reserve a worthwhile nature tripping destination. Surrounded by the flora and fauna of the Sierra Madre, the mountain farm has scenic hiking paths and trails, snaking through the dense rainforest and along the river. You can even take the one that leads to Malvar’s Peak for more breathtaking views.

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The farm has charming small gardens, unique swings, and gazebos where you can just chill and appreciate nature’s beauty. There are also facilities like rope courses, a swimming pool, a zipline, a play area, and lodgings.

But the most interesting thing about Mount Purro is its roots. The owner and founder, Toto Malvar, was inspired by his mother and grandfather to take care of the environment, particularly the Sierra Madre. Through reforestation projects and rehabilitation of the Upper Marikina Watershed, the farm not only protects the environment but also helps the Dumagat Tribe by providing a livelihood for them in the process.

Address: Purok 5, Barangay Calawis, Antipolo, Rizal Office Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Friday) Entrance Fee: Admission rate varies depending on the activities and inclusions, but it ranges from P300 to P750 for children and from P450 to P950 for adults. You may check the official website for the complete list of packages: www.mountpurronaturereserve.com Contact Details: 8542 3005 / 0908 8812701 / 0949 3981799 (Reservation) / [email protected]. Note that you need to make prior reservation before your visit. No walk-ins allowed.

Attention! Since February 2022, the status of the farm is temporarily closed. Wait for the announcement of the reopening.

When the farm reopens, you can reserve your slot through Klook! In the meantime, you can check the activities that you can expect when it starts accepting guests again.

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23. Palo Alto Falls

Located within the 200-hectare Palo Alto Leisure and Residential Estates , the 60-foot Palo Alto Falls is another cascade destination to add to your list of attractions near Manila.

Managed by the Sta. Lucia Land, the falls area is open to the public. At the entrance, you will have to take more than 200 steps to reach the falls. The cascade’s water basin, bordered with cemented boulders and stones, serves as a swimming area, with another pool right below it.

The area is well-maintained with cottages and tables for rent and concrete steps and paths. Although development is apparent, it doesn’t take away from the beauty of nature. This is popular among motorcycle riders and cyclists too.

Location: Palo Alto Leisure and Residential Estates, Barangay Pinugay, Baras, Rizal Opening Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: P100/head Other Fees: P400 (Table and Chairs); P700 Cottage

24. Blanco Family Art Museum

Jose “Pitok” V. Blanco is the godson and prodigy of the late national artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco. Together with his equally talented wife Loreto “Loring” Perez-Blanco and their seven children, they formed the illustrious Family of Painters , whose works celebrate Filipino culture, history, and traditions.

After their family exhibit at the National Museum in 1978, the family decided to make their paintings accessible to the public. It was first established in 1980, but the actual museum was launched in 1990. It houses a huge collection of the Blanco family’s masterpieces.

Address: 312B A.Ibañez Street, Angono, Rizal Opening Hours: 9:00AM-8:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Entrance Fee: P50 Museum Tour: P150 (Regular); P120 (Senior/PWD); P100 (Students w/ ID). The museum tour is optional.

25. Antipolo and Binangonan Cafes with a View

Perched in the highlands of Rizal, Antipolo affords some of the most spectacular views of the metro. The best way to enjoy the vista? With a cup of coffee or a good meal, of course!

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Several cafes and restaurants take advantage of their breathtaking location by doubling as lookouts, attracting tourists from all around the metro and the province. Some of the most notable are:

  • Kaulayaw Coffee ✅ Get Discounted Dining Voucher Here!
  • Cloud 9 Leisure Club & Restaurant
  • ArtSector Gallery and Chimney Café 360º

We’ll be creating separate articles about these establishments so be sure to check back later!

Other Attractions

  • Mountains: Mt. Pamitinan, Mt. Binacayan, Mt. Hapunang Banoy, Mt. Tagapo, Mt. Balagbag, Mt. Maranat, Mt. Sipit Ulang, and Mt. Batolusong
  • Waterfalls: Kinamatayan Falls, Maranat Falls, Kay Ibon Falls, Payaran Falls (Seven Infinity Pools)
  • Geological Sites: Cardona Rock Garden, Pamitinan Cave
  • Historical and Cultural Sites: Marian Hill, Santong Lugar in Jalajala, Kalbaryo, Manaoag Shrine, Heroes’ Park, Rafael Pacheco Art Gallery, etc.

Top Rizal Resorts & Hotels

Below are some of the top-reviewed hotels, resorts and apartments in Rizal Province, as ranked by Agoda guests.

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Home of Adventure: 15+ BEST Tanay Rizal Tourist Spots

Located just about 2 hours away from the metro, the municipality in Tanay Rizal is perfect for weekend trips. Known for its beautiful mountain and hilly landscapes, this haven offers a number of outdoor adventures, including mountain climbing, chasing waterfalls and rivers, spelunking, camping, and more. Those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city can also book relaxing Tanay Rizal resorts and campsites .

Here we’ve compiled the best Tanay Rizal tourist spots and other things to do in Tanay, Rizal.

1. Tanay Church

2. daranak falls, 3. calinawan cave, 4. nagpatong rock formation, 5. mount mapalad, 6. treasure mountain, 7. martessem mountain resort, 8. masungi georeserve, 9. ten cents to heaven leisure camp, 10. bakasyunan resort, 11. regina rica, 12. mount daraitan, 13. tinipak river, 14. tanay lakeshore, 15. stop for a merienda at pico de pino, 16. pililla windmills, how to get to tanay, rizal, where to stay in tanay rizal, how to book tours in tanay, what to read next:.

Tanay Church in Rizal

One of the landmarks of Tanay, Tanay Church (formally known as Saint Ildefonsus of Toledo Parish Church ) is one of the top Tanay Rizal tourist spots that you shouldn’t miss. Built in the 1770s, this historical church features a beautiful traditional baroque architecture and is home to several important religious artifacts.

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Take time to appreciate the church’s exterior and head inside for a short time of reflection.

If you’re doing a Tanay Rizal day tour , it’s ideal to stop by Tanay Church first in your itinerary.

Couple shot in Daranak Falls

Among the top tourist attractions in Tanay Rizal, Daranak Falls is the most popular, receiving thousands and thousands of visitors annually.

This beautiful waterfall is a great place for a relaxing swim, especially during the summer. Located at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range, this waterfall stands 46 meters high with a wide basin where you can enjoy cold, refreshing water and floaters where you can idly spend the afternoon. The water basin ranges in color from light blue to jade green, depending on the weather.

Daranak Falls is especially popular among the locals and is often part of day trips from Manila . Families often come here for short picnics and settle in one of the tables or at the huge dining hall with a view of the waterfall. Day tour visitors make a stopover here for a quick swim and photos before visiting other destinations in Tanay.

Note : If you trek further, you may also visit Batlag Falls. Batlag Falls is in a private property so you will need to pay additional entrance fee per person.

Also Read : Waterfalls near Manila you can visit on a weekend

Calinawan Cave in Tanay, Rizal

Up for some spelunking adventure? Calinawan Cave is a beginner-friendly cave where you can see natural rock formations, explore tunnels, and even crawl through narrow spaces.

Casual tourists can visit the first two levels of Calinawan Cave. Further levels are accessible on good weather, but these are considered more difficult and may require more experience.

Aside from the activity it offers, this cave is also a historical site in Tanay, Rizal. This is where the Filipinos and Americans agreed to “end” the Spanish rule during the Spanish Colonial Era. As per the guides, the cave stretches from Tanay to Montalban which entails a 9-day journey, although today these passages are impassable.

Summit of Nagpatong Rock Formation in Tanay, Rizal

Tanay offers a number of beginner-friendly hikes, and one of the best ones include Nagpatong Rock.

Nagpatong Rock features unique rock formations, with two rock towers facing each other. The towers look as if they are made of blocks of rocks piled on top of each other, hence the name “nagpatanong.”

Climbing the summit of Nagpatong Rock takes about 3-4 hours, depending on your pace and the trail condition. During rainy season, expect the path to get muddy so the trek takes a little longer. Once you reach the summit, you’ll be rewarded with a great view of the surrounding mountain forests.

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Next up on our list of Tanay Rizal tourist spots is Mount Mapalad, a beginner-friendly hike known for the wooden hand-shaped viewing deck at the summit. There you can take IG-worthy photos, enjoy the surrounding forest views, and rest and relax.

There are 2 trails to Mount Mapalad, an easy trail for beginners and a steep trail for experienced hikers. The trek only takes 2-3 hours.

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Treasure Mountain is an insta-famous spot due to its view of the “sea of clouds.” It’s one of the most popular tourist spots in Tanay, Rizal, since it is easily accessible. In fact, it’s ideal for those who love scenic mountain views but want to skip an actual trek.

To get to the viewdeck at Treasure Mountain, you only need to take a short walk from the entrance. From here, you can witness a sea of clouds on early mornings. You can also order silog meals for about P150 so you can enjoy breakfast with a view!

Aside from witnessing the sea of clouds, you can also do other activities in Treasure Mountain including ATV ride or swimming in the pool. Day trips and overnight camping are also available.

Click here to book a Treasure Mountain tour via Klook .

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Martessem Mountain Resort is another popular location for its view of the sea of clouds in the mornings and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Sitting 2000 feet above sea level, this resort offers rooms and cottages, as well as dining area for those on a day trip. You can order delicious local meals while admiring the surrounding views.

This resort also has a swimming pool, although it is exclusive for checked-in guests. They also offer fish feeding and horseback riding activities.

Masungi Georeserve

One of the best ecotourism spots in the Philippines , Masungi Georeserve is an eco park that aims to preserve natural landscapes and wildlife and, at the same time, offer a memorable outdoor experience to its guests. It’s ideal for those who love nature adventure. It also makes for a great bonding activity for families and groups of friends.

Masungi Georeserve offers different trails which will let you explore the area, including Discovery Trail and Legacy Trail . The trails include foot trails, rope courses, and hanging bridges — the famous of which are the Sapot (Cobweb) and Duyan (Hammock) where you can take amazing pictures.

While hiking along the trails, you can also appreciate the rock formations, karst cliffs, limestone caves, and surrounding rainforests, as well as majestic views of the mountains and Laguna de Bay.

Masungi Georeserve is located in Baras, which is located close to Tanay and its numerous tourist attractions.

Zipline in Ten Cents to Heaven

Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp is a popular family getaway and team-building events venue in Tanay, Rizal. It offers various types of accommodation as well as activities.

One of the things you can do in Ten Cents to Heaven is take on the 1.2-km zipline, which is considered the longest zipline in Luzon . You can choose to ride the zipline sitting down or superman-style. There is also a shorter zipline available for kids.

Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp: Book discounted rooms here

Bakasyunan Resort in Tanay, Rizal

Bakasyunan (or more formally Bakasyunan Resort and Conference Center) offers a relaxing escape from Manila. Currently, it’s mostly popular for its IG corners, consisting of bird nests and giant swings, inspired from similar features in Bali.

Aside from this, Bakasyunan also has other facilities you can enjoy including a swimming pool and team-building activities. Bakasyunan accepts day tours and overnight stays.

Bakasyunan Resort: Book discounted rooms here .

Regina RICA in Tanay, Rizal

This pilgrimage site is one of the most popular Tanay Rizal tourist spots, receiving thousands of visitors especially during Holy Week.

Regina Rica is a 14-hectare sanctuary featuring a statue of the Queen of the Holy Rosary. It’s visited not only by religious people who want to pray and reflect, but also by leisure tourists who want to explore the trails within the site. Aside from the church, you can also find a creek and three waterfalls inside the sanctuary.

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Mount Daraitan is a medium-difficulty trail mountain in the heart of Sierra Madre in Tanay. It’s a popular option among mountaineers especially those living in Manila.

The trail in this mountain requires continuous ascent (assault). It takes 1.5-2 hours to reach the heart peak summit, where you can find an installed heart-shaped nest with an overlooking view of the river and surrounding mountains. It takes 3-4 hours to reach the proper summit.

After the trek, you can proceed to the Tinipak River below for a refreshing swim and wash-up.

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Tinipak River is a mountain river flowing below the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. It’s usually visited as a stop over during the hike to Mount Daraitan. The water here is cool and refreshing, just the right place to swim after a tiring hike!

There is also a small cave beside a river where you can find a small stream that flows down into a natural pool.

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Before finishing your tour of Tanay, don’t forget to drop by Tanay Lakeshore. Tanay Lakeshore has a lighthouse (locally referred to as parola). It offers an impressive view of the lake and surrounding mountains and landscapes, specifically Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Mt. Makiling, Mt. Banahaw, Talim Island, and Tagaytay City.

Tanay Lakeshore is a great spot for sunrise and sunset photography.

Pico de Pino - pancit

Tanay is home to various restaurants offering local dishes, some of which also offers mountain views. If you’re simply looking for good food, one of the best choices is Pico de Pino.

Pico de Pino offers indoor and outdoor dining where you can enjoy cool mountain breeze. The menu consists of Filipino dishes including lomi, pansit, fresh lumpia, and more.

This restaurant is located along the highway, which makes it easily accessible for people traveling in the area.

Pillila windmills in Rizal

Just a short drive from Tanay, you’ll find Pililla Windmills — a set of 27 turbines built on top of hilltops, presenting a beautiful sight especially against a backdrop of verdant landscape and blue sky. From here, you can also see Laguna de Bay from afar.

Tourists exploring Tanay often drive here to take photos and appreciate the view. There is also a café and viewing deck at the foot one of the giant fans, where you can rest and enjoy snacks.

Tanay is located about 2 hours away from Manila.

There are various ways to get here, the most common is via EDSA:

  • From EDSA Shaw, head to the terminal in front of Starmall and ride a van to Tanay (about P70 per person). Alternatively, you may also ride a jeep (about P50 per person).

If you plan on visiting several attractions, it’s best to bring your own car or form a group and then rent a van.

Here are the recommended accommodations in Tanay, Rizal:

  • Balay Tanay Bed and Breakfast . A bed & breakfast surrounded by tropical garden. It is close to major attractions in Tanay including Daraitan, Daranak Falls and Masungi Georeserve. Book via Agoda .
  • Bakasyunan Resort . Modern resort with pools and IG-worthy corners. It is often called The Bali of Tanay. Book via Agoda .
  • Ten Cents to Heaven Resort . A relaxing resort with outdoor pool and garden. This is ideal for those who want to de-stress and unwind. Book via Agoda .

Here’s a separate guide on the Best Resorts in Tanay, Rizal .

There are various travel agencies offering tour packages in Tanay. For other questions, you may also contact the Tanay Tourism Office via Facebook .

That concludes our list of the best Tanay Rizal tourist spots + things to do in Tanay, Rizal! Do you have other recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!

Planning to visit Tanay, Rizal soon? Don’t forget to read these guides:

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Jeremiah Tyler

I’ve only been to Regina RICA there in Tanay. Gonna try to go to all of these places the next time we visit there.

galing! ganda naman! di ko nakita ang ilan dito kahit nagtagal ako dyan sa tanay!

Katherine Cortes

Been in Tanay thrice pero di ko pa rin nalibot lahat. Might go back in November for the festival. 🙂

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ANTIPOLO TOURIST SPOTS ITINERARY THINGS TO DO IN RIZAL PLACES TO VISIT

Planning a trip to Antipolo and Rizal Province soon? Let me help you plan your trip with this travel guide blog that lists the top things to do in Antipolo, tourist spots, and best places to visit in Rizal province that should be included in your itinerary!

Antipolo & rizal tourist spots and top things to do + sample itinerary 2024.

ANTIPOLO TOURIST SPOTS ITINERARY THINGS TO DO IN RIZAL PLACES TO VISIT

1. Antipolo Cathedral Church

How to get to antipolo church.

ANTIPOLO TOURIST SPOTS ITINERARY THINGS TO DO IN RIZAL PLACES TO VISIT

2. Hinulugang Taktak

"Tayo na sa Antipolo... At doo'y maligo tayo... Sa batis na kung tawagin... Ay hi- hi- Hinulugang Taktak-tak! tak! tak!"

HINULUGANG TAKTAK OPENING HOURS & ENTRANCE FEES

How to get to hinulugang taktak.

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3. Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa

Luljetta's hanging gardens spa opening hours & address, how to get to luljetta's hanging gardens spa.

DAY TRIPS FROM MANILA TOURS NEAR METRO MANILA

4. ATV Adventure in Antipolo Rizal

THINGS TO DO IN ANTIPOLO RIZAL TOURIST SPOTS

5. Paintball Battle Ground Experience

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6. Treasure Mountain

Treasure mountain operating hours & entrance fees, how to get to treasure mountain.

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7. Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo City

Opening hours & entrance fee:, how to get to pinto art museum.

Things to do in Antipolo Rizal

8. Kubs Mountain Resort Day Tour

  • Perfect for a quick summer breather, this day trip to Kubs Mountain Resort will surely give you the relaxation you need!
  • Be one with nature while you enjoy the cold mountain breeze and overlooking views of Sierra Madre
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9. Tanay Church

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10. Mt. Daraitan

How to get to daraitan.

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11. Tinipak River

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12. Daranak Falls

Daranak falls opening hours & entrance fee, how to get to daranak falls.

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13. Batlag Falls

Batlag falls opening hours & entrance fees, how to get to batlag falls.

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14. Masungi Georeserve Day Tour

Tanay, Rizal Day Tour from Manila

15. Tanay, Rizal Day Tour from Manila

  • Just a few hours ride from Manila, discover what Rizal has to offer by joining this day tour on Klook!
  • Experience Bali in Tanay and enjoy a relaxing kawa bath while overlooking the breathtaking views of the mountains.
  • Expect a jam-packed schedule as you'll visit the following destinations: El Patio Razon, Sierra Madre, Daranak Falls, Calinawan Cave, Regina Rica Shrine, Windmill Farm, and Celossian Flower Farm.

Antipolo and Rizal Tourist Spots

16. Mt. Pugad + The Peak Campsite Tour

  • Explore the best natural wonders of Tanay, Rizal when you join this tour!
  • Start your day with an early hike and catch the sunrise atop Mt. Pugad.
  • After lunch, you can opt to visit Batis sa Gubat for a quick refreshing dip or Ridges and Clouds for yet another scenic view of the mountains.
  • Enjoy stargazing during your camp at The Peak when you book their overnight package.

Things to do in Rizal Tourist Spots

17. Experience Higantes Festival in Angono

Things to do in Rizal Tourist Spots

18. Balaw Balaw Specialty Restaurant and Folk Art Museum in Angono

Location & opening hours:, how to get to balaw-balaw restaurant.

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19. Mt. Tagapo Hike on Talim Island

How to get to mt. tagapo.

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20. Casa Santa Museum

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21. Mt. Hapunang Banoi

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22. Nagpatong Rock Day Hike in Rizal

Things to do in Rizal Tourist Spots

23. Rizal 4x4 Adventure by Mountain Quest PH

  • After a long week of work, enjoy an off-road adventure in Antipolo, Rizal riding on a 4x4!
  • Rejuvenate and awaken that youthful spirit of thrill as the tour takes you to scenic spots of Sierra Madre and hidden natural rivers and falls.
  • A tour guide/driver will personally drive for you for the adventure of your choice.
  • Package inclusions: English-speaking professional driver/guide, snacks and 4x4 ride using Suzuki Samurai 4WD.

Things to do in Rizal Tourist Spots

24. Laiban Circuit Day Hike in Rizal

  • Laiban Circuit is a minor hike experience that passes through scenic views of the Sierra Madre, marvelous lime stone formations and multiple cascading waterfalls!
  • The circuit consists of three peaks: Ngusong Kabayo, Tangwa, and Lubo - each offering its own unique view and feel.
  • Grab the chance to have refreshing dips onto the 4 amazing waterfalls that you’ll hike through during the descent.

THING STO DO IN ANTIPOLO RIZAL TOURIST SPOTS

25. Outdoor Extreme Archery Experience in Antipolo

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26. Pililla Wind Farm

How to get to pililla wind farm.

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27. Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

Angono petroglyphs opening hours & entrance fee, how to get to angono petroglyphs by commute.

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28. Palo Alto Falls

Palo alto falls opening hours & entrance fee, how to get to palo alto falls.

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29. Mount Purro Nature Reserve

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30. Regina Rica

Regina rica opening hours & entrance fee, how to get to regina rica.

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31. Mt. Binacayan Day Hike in Rizal

  • Mt. Binacayan is known for its stunning limestone formations with magnificent views of Sierra Madre and Rizal province from its peak.
  • Experience something new with its minor bouldering parts which makes this destination challenging for some beginners.
  • Catch the magnificent sea of clouds as the sun rises over the town in the morning.
  • Swim in the river that flows through and in between Mt. Binacayan and Mt. Pamitinan to end the day.

Rizal Tourist Spots Things to do and Itinerary

32. Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite

Fresno agro forestry and eco tourist campsite day tour.

Rizal Tourist Spots Things to do and Itinerary

33. Overnight Camping at Mt. Kulis

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34. Antipolo City Cafés and Restaurants with Overlooking Views

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35. Bring home some Suman, Mangoes and Kasuy

ANTIPOLO TOURIST SPOTS ITINERARY THINGS TO DO IN RIZAL PLACES TO VISIT

SAMPLE ANTIPOLO & RIZAL ITINERARY

Sample overnight antipolo itinerary (2 days & 1 night).

  • Travel to Antipolo City
  • Visit Antipolo Cathedral
  • Visit Hinulugang Taktak
  • Explore Pinto Art Museum
  • Check-in at Loreland Farm Resort √ Check Discounted Room Rates Here!
  • Enjoy an afternoon at Luljettas Hanging Gardens √ Reserve a day pass here!
  • Back at the resort
  • Dinner at Antipolo City Cafés and Restaurants with Overlooking Views
  • Experience Paintbal Adventure √ Reserve here!
  • Enjoy an ATV Adventure Ride √ Reserve here!
  • Resort check-out
  • Pasalubong Shopping in Antipolo
  • Travel back to Manila

Sample Rizal Itinerary (3 Days & 2 Nights)

  • Take a photo of Hinulugang Taktak
  • Hotel check-in √ See Hotels & Resorts in Antipolo
  • Travel to Angono
  • Lunch at Balaw-balaw Restaurant
  • Explore Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
  • Travel back to Angono town proper
  • If you have more time, explore Angono and visit many art galleries and museums.
  • Travel back to Antipolo
  • Back at the hotel/sleep
  • Travel to Tanay
  • Tanay Church
  • Daranak Falls
  • Batlag Falls
  • √ You could join a Tanay Day Tour here!
  • Explore Mt. Pugad + The Peak Campsite √ You could join a tour here!
  • Back at the hotel
  • Hotel check-out

HOTELS & RESORTS IN ANTIPOLO & RIZAL PROVINCE

  • Loreland Farm Resort √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Thunderbird Resorts - Rizal √ Check Rates & Availability
  • LeBlanc Hotel and Resort √ Check Rates & Availability
  • The Citywalk Suites Apartment √ Check Rates & Availability
  • RedDoorz Plus @ La Estreas Antipolo √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Singalong Nature Camphill Site √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Date and Dine Resort √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Overlooking Metro Manila √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Villa Jhoana Resort √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Rocca Del Garda Residences √ Check Rates & Availability

I hope this list of top things to do in Antipolo and Rizal tourist spots and best places to visit this 2024 help you plan your trip! Enjoy, have fun and unforgettable Rizal Province getaway!

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Rizal Day Tour: 5th Year Anniversary in Treasure Mountain, El Patio Razon & Art Sector

Overnight camping would have been a good experience in Rizal Province, but knowing my strict parents, I have no choice but to settle on a Rizal Day Tour for Paul and I’s 5th Anniversary. It was still fun, though, a little fast-paced due to our limited time, but it was a lovely celebration. We visited Treasure Mountain and El Patio Razon in Tanay, Rizal then ended the night in the new overlooking restaurant in Binangonan, Rizal – Art Sector.

We were both from Rizal Province and have been to a lot of Rizal famous destinations, one place at a time. This trip was our first time doing a fully-packed Rizal day tour trip. So if you’re from outside Rizal, here’s how we maximized our whole day to see some of Rizal’s hidden gems.

A Car on the road going to Tanay Rizal

HOW TO GO TO TANAY, RIZAL

Via Private transportation:

Paul and I already met at around 9:30 AM in Sta Lucia East Mall along Marcos Highway in Cainta, Rizal. We drove to Tanay via Marcos Highway, following Waze’s instructions. Treasure Mountain and El Patio Razon are just 5-minutes away from each other, so it is recommended to drop by the other if you’re visiting one of them. Since it was a weekday when we went, there was no traffic, and our drive went smoothly and fast. We passed by Masungi Georeserve before we saw the Treasure Mountain signage along the road.

P.S. There’s no internet signal on most of Marcos Highway after Antipolo, so better search for the place when you’re still in the city area. 

Double P.S. The road to Treasure Mountain is still not fully cemented, so if you have a low-bumper sedan car, it will be hard for you.

Via Public transportation:

Ride a van or jeepney (P24) to Cogeo Gate 2 in Araneta Gateway Terminal. From Gate 2, ride a jeepney (P45) bound to Sampaloc, Tanay, and get off at Sitio Maysawa waiting shed. This place is also the jump-off place for the Maysawa Circuit hike. From there, you can either hike 45-minutes to Treasure Mountain or ride a habal-habal (P50) to bring you up. As long as you have ridden a jeepney to Sampaloc, Tanay, don’t be shy to tell the driver to drop you in Treasure Mountain.

MORNINGS IN TREASURE MOUNTAIN

Aerial shot of Treasure Mountain camping site

Treasure Mountain is known as the mountain with a summit-like view without the hardships of hiking. It is also a famous camping site in Tanay where if you’re lucky, you can witness a beautiful sea of clouds early morning. We arrived at lunchtime already, with the sun shining high, so I’m not really expecting a sea of clouds view. Maybe someday when I go back for camping.

The Treasure Mountain signage in Maysawa Road

In Maysawa Road, there’s a Treasure Mountain signage in a big gate. From the entrance, we still drove in a muddy road for almost 10 minutes up to the parking and registration booth. There were just three other cars parked, but the motorbikes were more than ten. The sun was up high, but it was chilly because of the strong winds. We paid the P150 day tour fee, and the receptionist stamped their logo on our wrists.

It was already nearing lunchtime, so we decided to eat first. Just near the registration booth was the canteen that sells various meals that I didn’t expect due to its location. It was a little pricey, but that’s something we can expect on somehow remote tourist spots like this.

The canteen in Treasure Mountain

After lunch, we walked to their viewpoint that I mistakenly thought was a chapel first due to the cross on top. It turned out to be just a camping site as well for those who prefer to camp under a roof. The viewpoint has different levels where you can set-up your tents overlooking the mountains of Sierra Madre. We sat by the benches around, took some photos and video clips, then absorbed the beautiful view.

Treasure Mountain is the perfect camping site for the first-timers who don’t have any clue on the hows yet. Or for people who prefer to camp in comfort. It is an enclosed safe place, there are restrooms too, and most of all there’s a canteen where you can just buy food. I tried camping before in Kalanggaman Island and, by experience, found it hard due to the bathroom and cooking restraints and hassles. So when I saw the camping situation here in Treasure Mountain, I would definitely go back for overnight camping.

a man standing in a rock formation with the mountain in his background

The place is gorgeous and would have been more if we experience it on a sunrise.

BALI FEELS IN EL PATIO RAZON

Just a few minutes away from Treasure Mountain is the Bali-inspired resort of El Patio Razon. We paid P80 for the entrance fee, and there’s nothing much to do but to take photos and the famous Kawa Bath. The mountain view in Treasure Mountain was a lot more gorgeous, but given my aesthetic self, I enjoyed the Bali-inspired photo spots. It was perfect for that anniversary photo!

There were four photo spots you can take your Instagram photos on. But aside from it, El Patio is also famous for the Kawa Bath with a view for P300. We planned to try it, but we didn’t anticipate how cold the wind would be on a February afternoon. We will try again next time when we go back for Treasure Mountain or other resorts in Maysawa.

Couple in a circle Bali-inspired nest in El Patio Razon Tanay

We explored the place a little more and most of the visitors are couples like us. There’s no lunch available here so it’s better to go on an afternoon and they only have one cottage where you can hang out. They have one huge cabin that you can rent which for me is not worth it due to the limited view and activities you can do. They also have a mini flower farm and a Hobbit house on the other side of the resort.

A girl posing in the kawa baths in El Patio Razon

Ending the day in Art Sector

One thing we loved doing during our anniversary is to end the night in an overlooking bar or restaurant. It’s a ritual that we committed since our first anniversary in Bayleaf Intramuros . So when I saw this newest overlooking restaurant in Rizal, I instantly reserved it for our 5th anniversary to take a break from building views in the city.

We arrived just in time for sunset and the cold breeze of Tanay mountains were gone once we set foot in the town of Binangonan. Art Sector was an hour drive away from Maysawa and the traffic had already built up in the town proper.

The restaurant is a screaming Pinto Art Museum the moment you entered. We went on a Wednesday and the place was still crowded. The caretaker told us that during weekends there were lines outside. Wow. We paid the P100 entrance fee and searched for an empty table near the window.

Art Sector as seen from the main road of the subdivision

There were many empty tables despite the crowd. It seemed like other guests had just paid the entrance, took some photos, and sat by the sofas around the place and rooftop. We decided to hang out by the rooftop as well to watch the sunset first before we eat. We talked about how our province continues to amaze us and planned to really explore more of it this year. We talked until the sun was gone in the view of Laguna de Bay and the buildings of Manila.

By dinner, we ordered a pizza and a pasta for sharing that costed us around P700+. The food was below average for our taste. The pasta lacked flavor, while the pasta’s dough has a floury and starchy taste. Most of their bar menu as well were unavailable. We hope they improve their food and their limited menu.

the crowd in Art Sector Rizal

We still enjoyed the view here though despite their lack in food and service area. The twinkling city lights made our dinner romantic and just the right place to end our anniversary. The place as well just opened so I really hope they improve on it especially with the entrance fee that they imposed.

couple in a room of paintings in art sector

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Perfect place to unwind! 😍I hope to experience overnight camping at Treasure Mountain! ❤️❤️

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I’ve always wanted to visit treasure mountain. Alam ko may sea of clouds daw dun. Antipolo talaga the best puntahan kung ayaw mong mapalayo sa Manila. Ang daming hidden gems. Anyway, happy anniversary to the both of you! 🙂

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dami tlaga magagandang lugar sa rizal 😍 alam q yan e pero never pa aq nakapunta, kahit taga rizal lang dn aq 😂 sana soon kapag ok na lahat at may budget na dn heheh ang saya jan sobra 🤗❤

gusto q dn pumunta jan 🥺❤❤

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Ang ganda!!! At gusto ko yung wala nang hiking hahaha!! Dun ba sa parking nila B may view? Gusto ko sana itry ung van life pero car lng hahaha

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para kayong nasa Bali, Indonesia on some parts of the place. It would really be nice kung makavisit din dyan but as of now, tingin nalang muna sa photos mo. hehehe!

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9 Tourist Spots for Your RIZAL ITINERARY

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Rizal is near Metro Manila, and its proximity has made it a popular weekend, day trip or vacation destination. The mountains surrounding it, the waterfalls and the rivers coursing through it, has given the province many natural wonders worth discovering. This destination is also easily accessible by public transportation from Manila. There are many buses and vans that go in and out of the area. Trip times vary depending on where you’re going and the traffic. If you’re planning a trip to Rizal, here are some of the things to do and places of interest.

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Daranak Falls

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This waterfall in Tanay is probably the top-of-mind destination for many who hear ‘Rizal.’ This 14m high fall has a natural pool and picturesque views. If it doesn’t rain, the water of the pool is a distinct blue. Take the plunge and douse the afternoon heat after taking a few pictures. You can have snacks and drinks here, but make sure to leave no trace.

Visit the Bahay na Bato

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This ‘House of Stone’ (English translation) is a relic of the province’s Spanish colonial past. This destination is a photography hotspot because of its lost-in-time feel and appearance. It has survived for more than a century, a testament to the ingenuity of its builders and architects, and the materials used to make it. You can go inside for a quick tour to see what its interior looks like.

Calinawan Cave

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See the underground beauty of Rizal with a visit to Calinawan Cave. Many say the cave’s chambers used to be where Kaitpuneros met and agreed to rebel against the Spanish government in the Philippines. This is not just a tourist attraction but also a historical destination. Imagine how the rebels discussed freedom and independence as you take the same steps they took inside. The rock formations are stunning and take on various shapes.

See the Petroglyphs

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These ancient carvings in Angono-Binangonan are a Natural Cultural Treasure. A trip here will provide you with a glimpse of the country’s ancient past, a time even before the Spaniards arrived. There is a viewing deck where you can look at the petroglyphs that resemble various animals and even people.

Go on an Adventure in Tinipak

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Rizal’s rugged landscape is beautiful one of its more popular natural attractions is Tinipak River. The river has boulders of various sizes jutting out from its surface. You can navigate the rapids riding a canoe to reach a cave. Tinipak River is also one of the cleanest waterways in the country.

Drop by the Angono Mural Street

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The town of Angono in Rizal is recognized as the “Art Capital of the Philippines”. It has earned this moniker because of the many artists and museums found in the province. One place you shouldn’t miss while here is Angono Mural Street. Here you will find street art based on Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s well-known artworks. The lane has depictions of life in provincial towns, and the rich heritage and history of the country.

Treasure Mountain

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You may have seen pictures of the famous “Sea of Clouds” in Mt. Pulag or have been there yourself. You know the effort, money, and time required to reach the peak and see this beautiful view. You don’t have to venture too far or spend hours just to see this in Treasure Mountain. This mountain in Tanay, Rizal is accessible by private vehicle and has a small store and basic accommodation. Just take a short walk to the viewpoint and you’ll see the glorious “Sea of Clouds.”

Masungi Georeserve

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This georeserve has steadily gained popularity over the years. This comes as no surprise because of its sheer rugged beauty. Located in Baras, Rizal this park is where you can go hiking and do other exciting activities such as walking on a hanging bridge, rope ladders, and trekking. The biggest draw of this attraction is the web-like net hanging over the stunning limestone formations.

Pinto Art Museum

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This art enclave in Antipolo is an instagrammable museum with a garden, statues, and other artworks. The simple yet elegant white paint, aged, windows, and doors along with the art scattered in different places create a distinct ambiance that will keep you coming back. Many people visit just to have photoshoots for their social media accounts, wedding, or engagement.

Where to Stay in Rizal

Rizal is an accessible province, especially if you’re coming from Metro Manila. Many just do day trips because of its proximity, but for those that plan to stay, there are many accommodations to choose from. Antipolo has a number of hotels and resorts where you can stay from budget to luxurious. You can reach some of these by private or public transportation.

Tanay is another option for those looking for a place to stay in Rizal. Here you will find plenty of hotels and guesthouses. You can also find many buses, jeeps, and vans passing by, which makes getting to this destination easy. There are also campsites in the mountains and parks for visitors who want to not just save money, but rough it out.

Here are some of Rizal’s top-rated hotels as reviewed by Agoda users (as of January 2019).

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15 Best Rizal Province Tourist Spots: Nature & Adventure Parks, Mountains, Falls

15 Best Rizal Province Tourist Spots: Nature & Adventure Parks, Mountains, Falls

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15. Daranak Falls and Calinawan Cave

  • 14. Avilon Zoo
  • 13. Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
  • 12. ATV Adventure Rizal

11. Hinulugang Taktak

10. wawa dam.

  • 8. Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binicayan
  • 7. Mount Purro Nature Reserve
  • 6. Tinipak River

5. Mt. Daraitan

4. pililla wind farm.

  • 3. Antipolo Cathedral

2. Pinto Art Museum

1. masungi georeserve.

Pililla Wind Farm and Masungi Georeserve in Rizal

Rizal is a mountainous province that sits to the east of the Philippines' capital,  Manila . It is only a few hours away from Manila, around 19 KM, and is perched on the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountain. It is named after the country's national hero, Jose Rizal. 

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Due to its location near the country's capital, it has become a popular destination for day tours from Manila for families and large groups looking for a weekend getaway. Its cooler weather also makes it an attractive spot for those wanting a refreshing retreat from the Philippines' generally warm atmosphere. 

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Among Rizal's many charms are the natural attractions nestled in the province. Visitors can hike up a mountain, explore a cave, or take a dip in a waterfall during Rizal tours . You can even get closer to nature by camping in Rizal . On the other hand, travelers can also simply rest and recharge in the many Rizal accommodations, such as Antipolo resorts .

To help you plan your trip, we've compiled a list of the best Rizal tourist spots to add to your itinerary. 

View of Daranak Falls in Rizal

The Calinawan Cave is a series of caves located in Barangay Tandang Kutyo in Tanay, Rizal. It contains different levels and chambers that tourists can explore. It is also known as a historical site since it was used as a hideout by Filipinos during World War II. Today, it is a popular filming location for movies and TV shows. Situated about 3.5 KM from the cave is Daranak Falls. 

The falls are 14-meters tall and are nestled at the foot of the Tanay mountains. It is also surrounded by lush greeneries, contributing to its cool and refreshing atmosphere. Aside from swimming here, visitors can also climb the side of the falls to jump into the water below.

Groups can also rent the picnic sheds and tables to enjoy a meal by the cascading waterfalls. Similar to Calinawan Cave, the falls have also become a go-to spot for filming all kinds of videos.

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Lions in Avilon Zoo, Rizal

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Avilon Zoo is a 7.5-hectare facility that cares for the largest collection of animals in the Philippines. This family-friendly center is located in the town of Rodriguez and has over 3,000 specimens of exotic wildlife under its roof. Their impressive collection consists of more than 500 types of mammals, birds, reptiles, freshwater fish, amphibians, and invertebrates. 

The center also houses a large array of animals that are endemic to our country. The majority of these local fauns were born in captivity under the zoo's off-site conservation program. Visitors are free to explore the facility on their own, but the staff also offers guided tours of the zoo. Among the animals they take care of are the Northern Luzon Cloud Rat, Philippine Falconet, Bornean Orangutan, and Young Philippine Carabao. 

While you get a closer look at these beautiful animals, the center invites tourists to feed some species as well for a more friendly encounter.

13. Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs 

Interior of the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

The Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs are an important historic site because it is believed to be the oldest known artworks in the country. These ancient images were carved into a wall of solid rock in the mountainside of Angono and Binangonan.

They span 25 meters of the wall and measure up to 3.7 meters from the ground. The images depict 127 human and animal figures, which are said to be associated with magic and healing.  

While archaeologists estimate that they were made during the Neolithic period, the petroglyphs were only discovered back in 1965 by the late National Artist of the Philippines, Carlos V. Francisco. He himself was a muralist and a native of Angono.

Following his breakthrough, the National Museum of the Philippines built a view deck where visitors could safely admire the ancient piece of art. Today, it is recognized as one of the Philippines' National Cultural Treasures.

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Travelers riding ATVs in Rizal, Philippines

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Another great activity to try in this province is ATV riding across the rugged terrain and muddy trails of lush forests. Visitors can take part in this adrenaline-pumping activity at the ATV Adventures Rizal.

It is located along Sapinit Road in Antipolo, the provincial capital. Travelers, including families and large groups, can choose to ride these 4x4 vehicles across different trails and offer safety demos for beginners. 

Each trail comes with the service of a tour guide who will ensure your safety as you traverse the rough paths. Certain trails also include treks to stunning rivers and waterfalls that visitors can take a refreshing dip in.

Besides swimming, you can also go fun boating along the river or even go camping in one of the campsites on their overnight trail. As you ride through the vast forests and rocky roads, you can avail of photo and video services as well to capture your thrilling adventure.

The waterfalls at Hinulugang Taktak, Rizal

Hinulugang Taktak is a 70-feet-tall waterfall that is nestled in Antipolo City. It is one of the nearest waterfalls from Manila and is about 84 feet in width. The stunning waterscape was named as such because a large bell (taktak) was dropped (hinulog) into it in the 15th or 16th century.

The bell was thrown there because locals disliked how loud it was when it was rung. In the following years, the area surrounding the falls has been designated as a protected area and a national park. 

Though pollution in the 1990s made the water unsafe for recreational purposes such as swimming, visitors can still take a dip in the pool close to the falls. A cemented viewing deck has been built as well so tourists can get a better view of the falling water.

The whole park spans 3.2 hectares and also features attractions such as hanging bridges amid the canopy of trees in the park. 

The waterfalls of Wawa Dam, Rizal

Wawa Dam is another spot that is beloved by locals for the cool water that falls from it. The dam is located in the Montalban Gorge along the Marikina River. It was originally built to provide water to Manila back in 1909 during the American colonial period.

However, it was eventually abandoned in 1968 after the Angat Dam was opened. Since then, it has become a popular spot for swimming and hiking. 

The water rushing from the top of the dam also makes it look like a large waterfall and is a great attraction to take photos of. Travelers can also take a dip in the portion of the Marikina River near the dam to enjoy the cool waters.

After swimming, you can rent one of the bamboo cottages situated at the foot of the dam to have a meal while soaking your feet in the running water. Lush greens also surround the dam as it is part of Pamitinan Protected Landscape.

9. Cloud 9 

Hanging bridge leading to Cloud 9 Antipolo's viewing deck

Photo by Cloud 9 Antipolo Hanging Bridge 360view

To get a panoramic view of Antipolo City, the province's capital, look no further than the Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort. This resort features three buildings that contain a total of 78 rooms and a swimming pool, but its most noteworthy attraction is its 360(degree symbol) View Deck. 

It sits on the top of a towering building that travelers can only reach by crossing a hanging bridge that connects to a smaller building. Once you set foot on the deck, you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the cityscape. One of the best times to visit is in the late afternoon so you can watch the sunset. 

Aside from the viewing deck, visitors can also cross the resort's metal walkway. Thanks to the lush plants that grow along its railings, the path resembles a tunnel made of leaves and has become a popular spot to take photos in. After taking in the gorgeous views of the cityscape, you can then enjoy a meal at the resort's restaurant that serves an array of Filipino dishes. 

8. Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binicayan 

Rizal is also well-known as a top destination for hiking in the Philippines . It's perfect for hikers of all levels, thanks to a multitude of mountains that are found here. Two of the best peaks in this province are the two limestone mountains called Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binicayan.

Mt. Pamitinan is located in the Pamitinan Protected Landscape that also consists of Wawa Dam. Meanwhile, Mt. Binicayan stands across the Marikina River.

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Both peaks have their own designated hiking trails that lead up to their respective summits. Since the two paths involve climbing past rough limestone rocks, it is best to bring gloves to help you get a better grip on them.

Once you reach the summit of either mountain, you will be rewarded with a gorgeous, panoramic view of the vibrant forestry lining the Marikina River and the neighboring mountains. The best time to go on hiking tours to these peaks is in the early morning, so you can also sit back and enjoy the sunrise from more than 423 meters above sea level. 

7. Mount Purro Nature Reserve 

The pool in Mount Purro Nature Reserve, Antipolo

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Mount Purro Nature Reserve is an eco-park nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. It's one of the best resorts in Antipolo , Rizal. Visitors often come here to reconnect with nature and enjoy the overall quiet atmosphere this nature reserve cultivates.

Its accommodations are heavily inspired by the Bahay Kubo, a traditional Filipino home often made from bamboo and similar materials. Travelers can stay in various cottages that can fit between 4 to 15 people, depending on the type you book. 

To help you appreciate nature, this top Rizal resort does not have air-conditioning but stays cool thanks to the fresh air that breezes through the complex. It also only has a limited signal for cellphones and does not offer free WiFi to help minimize distractions during your stay here.

Visitors can also take a dip in the resort's swimming pool or enjoy the activities offered in the game room and nature playscape. The staff also offers forest hikes and river walks for those looking to explore nature around the eco-park.

6. Tinipak River 

The blue waters of Tinipak River, Rizal

Tinipak River is another of Rizal's hidden gems that have gained recognition over the years. Tourists can find this stunning river that runs through white marble rocks in Barangay Daraitan and is one of the stops on the way to Mt. Daraitan.

Visitors often spend time here to take a dip in its pristine, clear waters before continuing the hike up to the mountain's peak or to relax after the descent.

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You can also sit by the river's shore to enjoy a simple picnic. If you would like to extend your visit to appreciate the river and its surroundings more, you can choose to spend the night here as well.

Tourists can bring their own tents or rent one from the team caring for the camping grounds. Aside from swimming in the river, visitors can also explore the nearby cave that contains natural streams and pools of water.

From Tinipak River, you can then continue your adventure and make your up to the peak of Mt. Daraitan. This mountain is part of the Sierra Madre mountain range, and with a difficulty level of 4 out of 9, it is a great climb for beginners.

The designated hiking trail spans 600 meters and will take you through the mountain's abundant forest. Travelers will also pass some jagged limestones on the way up, but there are bamboo railings that you can hold on to. Your guide will show how to maneuver through the areas as well. 

The summit is 739 meters above sea level and offers a grand view of the Tinipak River and other mountains in the Sierra Madre range. Travelers can also set up camp here to watch the sunset and sunrise from this mountaintop.

The best time to go on a day hike up Mt. Daraitan is on the weekdays so that you can avoid the larger crowds on weekends. You can also join a Mt. Daraitan hiking tour that includes a trip to Tinipak River. 

Windmills in Pililla Wind Farm, Rizal

On the rolling hills of Pililla sit 27 giant wind turbines that provide clean energy to Manila. These large structures are as tall as 33-story buildings or 125 meters and bring clean wind energy to approximately 66,000 households in our country's capital city. Tourists go here to enjoy the cool, strong gusts of wind that the turbines turn into electricity and to admire the towering fans as well. 

During Holy Week, which typically takes place between March and April every year, an average of 130,000 tourists come to see the turbines up close. Aside from providing renewable energy, the Pililla Wind Farm also helps the local businesses by bringing in new customers to the area.

After gazing at the turbines, you can also drop by the visitor's center to learn more about the site and the benefits of wind energy. Here, tourists can view 18 information panels that explain and celebrate the effects of renewable power. 

3. Antipolo Cathedral 

Altar in Antipolo Cathedral

Photo by Cyril Vidal (from Antipolo Cathedral's Facebook Page)

The Antipolo Cathedral sits atop a hill in Antipolo City from where visitors can get a panoramic view of the cityscape below. This church was completed in 1632 and has been a well-known destination for travelers since it houses the image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.

Among the many visitors who paid respect to the wooden sculpture was our country's national hero, the late Jose Rizal, who came with his father back in 1868. Locals also go there to get their new cars blessed or before a long trip in hopes of getting to their destinations safely. 

However, the cathedral also had its fair share of troubles and was destroyed during World War II. Following the war, architect Jose L. de Ocampo designed a new shrine that was completed in 1954.

One of the most important events that are celebrated here is the commemorative thanksgiving mass that takes place on the first Tuesday of May. This holy ceremony marks the start of the pilgrimage season and started back in 1947.

Two buildings in Pinto Art Museum

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Pinto Art Museum is an open-air exhibition space that is located inside a two-hectare botanical garden in Antipolo City. This gallery was founded back in 2010 by Filipino neurologist Dr. Joven Cuanang so he could share his large art collection with the public. It's also one of the top tourist spots in Antipolo . 

As an avid advocate of the arts, Dr. Cuanang's collection features paintings and sculptures from Filipino artists such as Elmer Borlongan, Geraldine Javier, and Marina Cruz, among others. The museum also consists of artworks that date back to the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines.

The whole collection is also spread across various white buildings that resemble Mediterranean architecture. While you are free to roam around the museum, the staff also offers guided tours for those looking to dive deeper into the history of the pieces.

As you make your way through the various exhibits, you can also enjoy a delicious meal and a rich cup of coffee at the in-house coffee shop called Cafe Rizal. Travelers can also visit a minimalist chapel inside the museum grounds that contain unique statues.

Hikers in Masungi Georeserve, Rizal

The Masungi Georeserve is a nature conservation center situated in the Sierra Madre mountain range in Baras, Rizal. The complex features stunning limestone peaks, lush rainforests, and caves with stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Visitors can explore the whole area by walking on hanging bridges above the limestone formations. The paths are made of sturdy metal to ensure the safety of travelers and the natural landscape as well. 

The most popular attraction here is the Sapot (Cobweb in English), a suspended metal netting above limestones. From here, you can get a 360-degree view of the Sierra Madre mountain range and the Laguna de Bay. Travelers can also rest in an open-air bamboo house that sits in the middle of a long bridge and is suspended above tree crowns.

After exploring the diverse landscape, you can then look over the city skyline while enjoying a tasty meal at a hilltop glass hut inside the complex. To properly care for the natural landscape, the center only accepts a limited number of visitors per day, so make sure to call ahead to secure a spot. 

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Escape to the Breathtaking Tourist Spots of Rizal

Home to an array of natural wonders, Rizal continues to prove itself as an attractive destination for weekend getaways in the country. Along with its vivid forestries and grand waterfalls, this province also boasts cultural and religious sites that have been integral to the Philippines' history. 

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Because of its wide array of attractions, Rizal is an excellent choice for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Philippines. Whether you're in the mood for some well-deserved peace and quiet or a thrilling adventure, Rizal's outdoors has the perfect match for you. Check out Rizal tours that you can book for a hassle-free getaway. If you're coming from Metro Manila, check out hotels in Manila that you can book before heading to Rizal or book a ffordable resorts near Manila . 

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A Day Trip In Tanay, Rizal

One of the things I have on my bucket list for this year is to witness a real falls. I have never seen one in my life so when I was searching the web, looking for an easily accessible falls (with no trekking required), I stumbled upon this so-called Daranak Falls located in Tanay. As I did some research, I was surprised that Tanay alone has so many wonderful places to offer and my eagerness to visit the place brought me to this package tour hosted by Bakasyonista . We went to seven different destinations in Tanay in just one day. So without any further ado, allow me to give you a glimpse of my recent day trip in Tanay.

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Hey, that was a nice trip you took and fitting in several destinations in one day. Personally, I recall going to Tanay only once and that was a long time ago. It was not even for leisure purposes.

Like you, I was surprised when I started reading about the different places one could go to. Little did I know that Tanay would have caves and waterfalls. I always thought they were for provinces located farther away.

One in particular that I remember seeing from another blog was Daranak. I remember the blogger saying it was nice but never to go there on a Sunday as it is seriously crowded during weekends. Would you by chance went there on a weekday? The photo shows that there is not that much people.

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Wow! I love the churches, the falls and of course the Regina Rica. I haven’t been there just read about them but surely, I would like to experience what you did. Thanks for those wonderful photos and making me experience the pleasure of the adventure!

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I didn’t even know there were falls in Tanay. And windmills, too — yay, I don’t have to see them all the way in Ilocos, which I find soooo far! What a great discovery! I appreciate reading posts like this, being that I live in Quezon City, so Rizal really isn’t that far away. I should just get out of my comfort zone and explore it more! Thank you!

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How to get there? Like, let’s just say we’re coming from Manila? How about for those who are coming from provinces like Cebu and Negros Oriental? I am really planning to go out of town and I am hoping to visit such places. Oh, the windmills, good thing you have pointed out that it’s not just in Ilocos. I am sure that you guys really had a wonderful trip in Tanay Rizal.

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It was true that Tanay has a lot of beautiful places plus those mountains that you can also hike like the Mt. Daraitan and many more. I wish that you also share more about Tanay. By the way thanks again!

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A One-day Itinerary For Exploring Antipolo, Rizal

Karen Pangan

  • May 9, 2019

With its close proximity to the city and hodgepodge of interesting sights, spots, and activities, Antipolo, Rizal has become a favorite escape for those looking for a quick respite. The city, known for being the “Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines”, is now bursting with interesting hotspots that can cater to the varied tastes of weekend warriors. Whether it’s food, art, culture, or nature – you name it, Antipolo’s got it. Planning for a quick trip to this gem of a place soon? Here’s a one-day itinerary to guide you through your adventure.

Breakfast: Eggs for Breakfast Address: Velada Estate, 21 Don Juan Street, Villa Cecilia Subdivision, Lower Antipolo, Mambugan, Lower, Antipolo

There’s no better way to start your trip than having the perfect meal for breakfast. Over the past few years, Antipolo has become famous for its amazing roster of culinary finds – Eggs for Breakfast being a perfect example of one. A rustic, garden-themed cafe found in Lower Antipolo’s Villa Cecilia Subdivision, the cafe gives a wonderful take on breakfast dishes like omelettes, french toasts, and tapas. Their Eggs Benedict are as delicious as they are perfect for the ‘gram, and their sausages and local longganisas are definite must-tries as well. The place also has amazing interiors, so it’s a double-win for everyone.  

Art: Pinto Art Museum Address: 1 Sierra Madre St, Subdivision, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal

If you’re keeping up with travel ‘grams, then you’ve probably already come across snaps of Pinto Art Museum, a Mediterranean-style art space housing some of the best contemporary works by known and upcoming local artists. The place, which was originally a rest house owned by neurologist Joven R. Cuanang, has become a must-visit spot for art lovers because of its thought-inducing artworks, installations, and sculptures. Pinto Art Museum showcases amazing interiors and exteriors that will look perfect on your feed. The place even offers the traditional ‘mambabatok’ way of tattooing – the ancient tattoo art that the world-renowned Whang-Od is known for. The museum serves as the studio of Den Wigan, an artist trained by his grandfather who lived in the same Kalinga village as Whang-Od’s.  

History: Antipolo Cathedral Address: Dela Paz St, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal

One of the must-visits in Antipolo is the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral. The church, which was founded in 1632 by Reverend Juan de Salazar, attracts millions of pilgrims during the “Pagdalaw ng Ina sa Anak” season when a motorcade bearing the Marian Image travels from the cathedral to Quiapo Church, the home of the Black Nazarene. Another historical tidbit on why you should visit: when he was a little boy, National hero Jose Rizal went on a pilgrimage to the church with his father to fulfill a vow his mother – Teodoro Alonzo – made when she and Rizal survived his birth.  

Nature: Hinulugang Taktak Address: Taktak Rd, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal

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Legend has it that Hinulugang Taktak got its name because a bell was dropped on its waters after villagers complained about it being too loud. This 12-meter high waterfall used to be open to the public but was closed after its waters and surrounding area were slowly destroyed by the influx of tourists. The waterfall, which is probably the second most popular landmark in Rizal next to Antipolo Church, is now a national park which visitors can drop by if they want to get closer to nature.  You can chill on the view deck or several of the gazebos there should you decide to visit.  

Afternoon Snack: The Crescent Moon Café Address: Sapang Buho Rd., Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo City

With its colorful walls, hearty food, and numerous activities, Crescent Moon Café is the perfect place to chill in the afternoon after your morning activities. The cafe’s restaurant offers a variety of Southeast Asian dishes and a buffet spread made only with the freshest ingredients. Drop by to try its in-house alagao salad and homemade suman that can refresh you after your tour. Besides from its open-air restaurant, Crescent Moon is also an art space of sorts where visitors can participate in various creative workshops. There is the Glass Bar, the café’s designated watering hole and venue for art sessions, and owner Lanelle Abueva-Fernando’s pottery studio where visitors can shop for ceramic pieces.  

Hiking: Mystical Cave Address: 25 Masinag Marcos Highway, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal

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Burn off that filling meal you had at Crescent Moon by hiking to the Mystical Cave, a natural wonder known for its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. The cave, which is being maintained by Inday Nelly after she discovered it in the 1970s, is popular for its rock forms that are said to bear the images of religious names like Jesus, The Virgin Mary, The Pieta, and St. Peter. Devotees believe that the water and rocks of the cave can also help heal sick people. Many tourists visit it during the Lenten season and Holy Week, with some even staying there for the night.  

Dinner: Tahanan Bistro Address: 22 Loresville Drive, Lores Farm Subdivision, Antipolo, 1870 Lalawigan ng Rizal

Wind down for the day by grabbing dinner at Tahanan Bistro, a casual fine-dining restaurant on the hills of Antipolo that offers wonderful garden views and a picturesque landscape of Laguna de Bay. The place has a simple, sophisticated menu inspired by the many produce and flavors found in different regions of the country that changes three times every year. The restaurant offers affordable set menus that are creatively named after mountains – a perfect nod to its recognition of local culture.

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For Mother’s Day, my family wanted to go somewhere “new” and really enjoy nature. I had heard of Treasure Mountain from friends, and it seemed like a good experience and memory to share as a family.

Overall, I am super glad we went. It’s not far from Manila – roughly a 2 hour car ride from my house (in Quezon City) and the roads going there were all highways and very smooth, except for the last stretch once you start going uphill to the actual camping site (roughly 10 minutes).

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All in all, it was an enjoyable activity for the whole family. I would say it’s quite pet-friendly and parents-friendly. Of course, I think it’s a more a “barkada” type of place, but I think it’s also nice to do with family as it deviates from the norm. Plus, being surrounded by the lush greenery and beauty of the mountains and the sunrise, coupled with the chilly fresh mountain air, is what I’d say the perfect remedy to these COVID blues.

How to make a reservation at Treasure Mountain

You can do a day trip to Treasure Mountain, but we weren’t keen on traveling 4 hours (around ~2hrs each way) just to spend a couple of hours up here. That seemed very tiring.

So instead, we opted to take the overnight package instead. We were a group of 7 – 4 girls and 3 boys, so we got two Package for 4 (tent). There was actually a room option, but I thought it would be nice to sleep under the stars. In retrospect, if I come back here again, I’ll take the room option instead – having your own private toilet and shower makes a WORLD of difference. Although, I’m also happy we went with the tent option because it was my first time camping and it was definitely an experience!

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Rule of thumb: If you opt for the tent option, I would say the Package for 4 is actually OK for 3 people, but maybe better for 2 so it isn’t as cramped. It is definitely way too cramped for 4 – literally could not move the whole night because we were all packed together like a can of sardines. Phew.

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The Package for 4 also came with 2 singles bedroll and 2 pillows. We decided to bring additional sleeping bags to use as added bedding (because wow, the ground is HARD and I could feel rocks digging into my back), as well as additional pillows and kumot (if you decide to keep the tent semi-open, the night air is refreshingly cool!).

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Ok, so once you’ve decided which package is appropriate for you, just message them on Messenger and they’ll send you the payment details. They require a 50% down payment to confirm your reservation, while the remaining 50% could be paid once you arrived at the site.

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/TreasureMountainTanay

Activities Available at Treasure Mountain

Trekking to and Swimming at Bosay Falls

  • Price: PHP 100.00 per head. Minimum of 5 pax.
  • Timing: 30-45 minutes

High Ropes Obstacle Course (Saturday to Monday only)

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  • Whole Course (includes Giant Swing and Spider Web): PHP 250 per head
  • Giant Swing: PHP 50
  • Spider Web: PHP 150 per head

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What to bring to Treasure Mountain

  • Toiletries, pajamas, change of clothes for next day
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, kumot
  • Flashlight / emergency light (2 per tent for light)
  • Lightweight jacket since night air can be chilly
  • Powerbank and charger – nowhere to charge your phones otherwise!
  • Cards and games to do at night
  • Vaccination card, Face mask, Valid ID
  • Alcohol, wet wipes, tissue

Itinerary to maximize time at Treasure Mountain

2:00 PM Left Manila

4:15 PM Arrived at Treasure Mountain

Check in officially starts at 4PM, so I thought we had made pretty good time. There’s an expansive area for car parking, then you head to the registration office to get your breakfast stub (the package comes inclusive with breakfast), as well as a wrist band to indicate you’ve paid.

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From there, we started “hiking” up the trail to get to the campsite. Hiking is a bit too strong a word, it was more like walking uphill I suppose. This walk lasted for ~10 minutes, and voila – the campsite opened up to us.

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I had thought 4:15PM was a respectable time which would allow us to choose a tent with a magnificent view, or barring that, a tent near the bathroom… Alas, apparently EVERYONE was early that day so there really weren’t much options to choose from. I was still pretty pleased with our tents though as we had a stunning view of the obstacle course, and a ~5 minute walk from the bathroom (could be nearer, as I always go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, but beggars can’t be choosers).

I think the perk of going Treasure Mountain camping is really the full “camping” experience but without the hassle of setting up the tent yourself (I have no idea how haha) and with bathroom and shower facilities.

Afterwards, we went around and snapped these beautiful photos of the rock formations! It’s really a stunning place. I felt very at one with nature – colorful flowers peeked out, rock formations with character abounded, and I felt that our fellow tourists were really all very conscientious – no garbage could be seen lying about, no noisy campers to ruin the peaceful atmosphere of the camp – it was all very idyllic.

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After the sunset, we decided it was time for dinner. Treasure Mountain has its own restaurant (where breakfast is also served the next day). I’d suggest going for dinner around this time to get ahead of the dinner crowd. All their dishes are actually pretty good – prices are akin to Manila but great quality. We got the grilled liempo, sizzling sisig, sizzling pusit, and sizzling tofu. They say each dish is good for 3-4 people, but I would argue it’s actually for less than that. So for our group of 7, I think we should’ve ordered 6 dishes and a platter of rice to share.

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The serving time could definitely be improved though. So apparently, the sizzling dishes are super quick to prepare, but the grilled liempo took FOREVER. So word of advice, if you’re hungry like me, just go for the sizzling dishes so you can dig in with a gusto ASAP.

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After dinner, we washed up in the bathroom (the bathroom facilities of the restaurant are MUCH nicer – the toilets have a working flush, and have bidets!). We then grabbed our stuff from the car to set up our tents for the night. We honestly brought a bit too much stuff haha – we even had a 5 gallon water container with us, so we were really feeling a bit squished inside the tent.

The camp itself isn’t well-lit, so we also set up emergency lights and flashlights in our tent. If you want to brush your teeth and shower, I’d advise doing it early before everyone else, as otherwise a long queue forms. The toilet and shower facilities are one and the same (essentially because the shower is essentially a tabo), so it’s quite frustrating because even if all you want to do is pee, you end up having to wait for everyone to finish showering. The shower itself only has 1 hook and nowhere to place your clothes so bring only the bare essentials you’d require.

Afterwards, we head to the Main Pavilion (where the bathrooms are, and also where the bonfire is). We grabbed a bench and just star gazed – so beautiful. You don’t see this many stars in the city, but here they were twinkling away and right beside each other too. It really reminds me of the vastness of this universe, and how amazing is it that the God who created all this, created us too and chose us above them all.

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Time to head back to the tent. We played a bit of cards, then we bunked down for the night.

The next morning, we woke up at 4:15AM (sunrise at 5:15AM) in order to brush our teeth and use the bathroom. And voila, we were greeted with this majestic sight. What a sight for these sore city eyes

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5:30 – 6:00 AM

At around this time, I’d suggest going down to the obstacle course and registering your group if you want to do the course. Note, it takes each group roughly 45-60 minutes to finish the whole thing so it’s best to get your group registered early. The course itself opens at 6:30AM, so while waiting for your turn, you can opt to grab breakfast first (or if it’s almost your turn, just wait it out).

Anyway, we decided to go breakfast first while waiting. Lots of silog selections, and to be fair, it was all very tasty! I thought the tocilog and longsilog were the best.

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From there, we went back to the obstacle course. We ended up waiting for another hour because our number had already been called and we missed it. Sigh. Oh well. Honestly, I’d advise you do the obstacle course first if possible as otherwise you’ll be doing it under the glaring heat of the sun. I think I’m a little bit sunburnt from the course actually.

Finally it was our turn.

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Super interesting because a lot of the employees are actually Ilonggo. I’m learning Ilonggo too so it was great fun to listen to them! For our group of 7, we had 2 guides – we gave each guide a phone so they could take photos of us as we went through the course

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The obstacle course itself isn’t difficult, and the guides made it very fun because of all the jokes and all the photos they were taking. At the end of the obstacle course is the Spider Web (akin to the one found in Masungi) where you can take a nice group photo. Afterwards, you can then scream your worries away on the Giant Spring. The obstacle course end-to-end cost PHP 250, which I think is a decent price to pay, especially because the equipment they use (harness, etc) are all of good quality and well-maintained.

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Finally done with the obstacle course! You can opt to also trek down to Bosay Falls where you can swim a bit. We were too lazy though – also the sun was really hot, and I didn’t fancy showering in the public facilities. So instead, we went around some more, got some buko fruit salad ice cream (sold at PHP 25, and very jampacked with toppings yum!), changed clothes, and it was time to head off!

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11:30 AM Left Treasure Mountain

Amazing vacation – so happy we went! Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

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Mt. Kulis

Mt. Kulis Hiking Guide (Itinerary + Tips)

Introduction.

Mt. Kulis is a beginner-friendly mountain located in Sitio Maysawa, Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal. It offers scenic views of the Sierra Madre mountain range and beautiful scenery of the famous attractions. Mt. Kulis’ height is 620 MASL while Sambong Peak height is 629 MASL. Because of its proximity to Manila, the view of Noah’s Ark and the sea of clouds, it’s become one of the most popular hiking destinations and camping sites.

The Filipino hiking group buzzed when a photo of a newly discovered mountain in Tanay, Rizal surfaced on the internet in the year 2019. Mt. Kulis became popular among the hikers and locals because it is where the ABS-CBN’s TV series “Ang Probinsyano” was set as a shooting area before it finally opened to the public. The house that stands at the summit of Mt. Kulis was the house of Cardo Dalisay in the TV series.

Many actors and actresses including Julia Barretto, Gerald Anderson and Kristel Fulgar have visited Mt. Kulis. As a result, Mt. Kulis is becoming a popular hiking destination among celebrities and mountaineers who want to relax, feel the fresh cold air, witness the majestic sunrise and chill. Moreover, it is just a short road trip from Manila. In addition, there are so many instagrammable worthy attractions in Mt. Kulis. For this reason, it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Tanay, Rizal.

Mt. Kulis is a portion of the Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite owned by a family. Without a doubt, it boosts the local tourism in Tanay, Rizal and provides some locals and families in the area to earn a decent living by selling food and offering a tour guide service. It was said that the mountain was named as such due to the only old tree in the summit area. The old tree was named by the owner as Kulis. However, the old tree is gone now.

Mt. Kulis and Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite is the perfect destination to spend the weekend or holiday. This place is developed for outdoor and recreational activities. Also, one can experience camping and seeing a sea of clouds without the intense effort. Additionally, this is one of the best places to chill and enjoy nature while doing team building, family outing, camping, hiking, stargazing and tree planting. It is advisable for all ages.

Below are the attractions at Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite:

  • Bahay ni Cardo
  • Sambong Peak or Heart Peak
  • Rock Formations
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Hanging Bridge
  • Flower Garden
  • Natural Swimming Pool

Mt. Kulis

Name: Mt. Kulis Difficulty: 2/9 Elevation: 620 MASL Jump-Off: Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite, Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal Features: Scenic views of the Sierra Madre mountain range, sea of clouds, natural swimming pool, Flower Garden, Noah’s Ark, Heart Peak, Lion Falls and Hanging Bridge

My trip to Mt. Kulis

It’s been a long time since I hiked a mountain in Rizal and I want a quick escape from the busy city life. For this reason, I browsed some events in Facebook hiking groups and one day decided to join an organized tour going to Mt. Kulis. I’m very excited.

Greenfield District

I observed the itinerary in the group chat and arrived at the meetup place in Greenfield District around 10 pm. The van picked up more members in different locations at around 10:15 am. After two hours of land travel we reached the jump off and parking site of Mt. Kulis at 12 am.

Since we arrived so early at the jump off place we slept and waited in the van for almost five hours. Inside the van I can’t sleep because it’s freaking cold. Some of the group members even slept in wide nipa hut stores while waiting for the go signal of the tour guide to start hiking.

eatery at Mt. Kulis

As I went outside the van at 4:30 am, I looked up at the night sky and I could see the countless stars. I said to myself it’s a great sign we have clear weather ahead of us. Also, I saw many other groups of hikers coming in at the parking area of Mt. Kulis. After a few minutes, we leave in the van some of the things we don’t need in the hike like extra clothes and swimwear.

Then our tour guide named Aeron was introduced to us and he briefly discussed the mountain trail and the leave no trace principle to be applied in hiking Mt. Kulis. Also, since there are already many hikers going to Noah’s Ark early in the morning, our tour guide decided to go to Mt. Kulis summit first. 

I opened my flashlight and we started the hike at 5:18 am. The trail is easy on a gradually ascending road where motorcycles, tricycles and cars can easily pass by. After thirteen minutes of hiking we reached Mt. Kulis summit.

I wasn’t even sweating on reaching the summit of Mt. Kulis because the trail is very short. It’s like walking in the park. As a result, it’s one of the easiest hikes I’ve ever done. The hike going to Mt. Kulis summit is comparable to Mt. Gulugod Baboy where the jump-off point is at the parking near the campsite. 

Mt. Kulis summit marker

Since it was still dark at the summit, we had to wait first for the sun to rise and to have a clear view of the surroundings before taking a picture and videos. But some of the members couldn’t wait so they decided to use flashlights and take a picture on Mt. Kulis summit marker. At the summit of Mt. Kulis, the wind is so cold and refreshing. For this reason, my body is fully awake.

Our guide told us that we are so lucky even though it’s the weekend it’s not so overcrowded unlike in the past weeks many hikers went to Mt. Kulis. She said to us that it’s not overcrowded today because of the restriction and curfew in Manila, many hikers opted not to hike.

group picture at the summit of Mt. Kulis

After thirty minutes of waiting, we witnessed how the sky and surroundings transformed into a crystal clear view. That magical golden moment when early morning daylight humidifies the scenery in a soft glow.

As a result, we started taking many individual and group pictures at the summit of Mt. Kulis. We enjoy the breezing wind, fresh air and the beautiful view at the top of the mountain. It’s been a long period of time since I’ve been in the mountains and this is what I really needed after the busy work schedule in the city. 

tent in Mt. Kulis

At the summit, we saw several campers that stayed overnight inside their tent. In addition, the campsite is meters away from the entrance gate of Treasure mountain. Obviously, I think this is where most of the campers stayed at night. It was cool and fun to be in a wide green campsite. On the other hand, I have seen several hikers taking pictures in the restroom. They concurrently came out from each door of the restroom like having a beauty contest.

Mt. Kulis summit view

At the summit of Mt. Kulis we can clearly see several attractions such as Sambong Peak or Heart Peak, Spider Web and Noah’s Ark. Aeron told us that we can reach Sambong Peak, our next destination within five minutes. Also the guide said to us that the popular Mang Cardo’s house was destroyed because of the past storms. 

nipa hut near the Spider Web

We stay at Mt. Kulis for one hour then our group left the summit of Mt. Kulis at 6:45 am heading to the Spider Web. Our group takes pictures at the nipa hut or cottage accomodation near the Spider Web and later goes to the Spider Web after taking several photos. The giant Spider Web is good and well established. In my opinion, it is very similar to the spider web in Masungi Georeserve. It is a picturesque spot. For me, this is more of an eco-park than a hiking trail.

Spider Web

We stayed at the Spider Web for 15 minutes and our group went to Sambong Peak. Then we reached Sambong Peak at 7:20 am. The sunrise is perfect, we have a good source of Vitamin D and the view is 360 degree. At the Sambong Peak we can clearly see the famous Treasure Mountain , Mt. Binutasan, the Sierra Madre mountain range and Mt. Irid which is the highest mountain in Rizal.

Sambong Peak

Undoubtedly, it’s a perfect spot for instagrammable pictures and a stress free area. Indeed, nature is stunning. We had our group pictures at the Sambong Peak marker and after that we went to the rock formation.

We savor the view at the rock formation and we take pictures at the bird nest. Our group is so lucky that the weather cooperates with us and we have a very good clearing. In moments like these, I just want to stay in one spot and enjoy the beautiful view. Also, I wouldn’t have minded staying there all morning. Mt Kulis and Sambong Peak has a total trail length of 5.6 kilometers or 3.47 miles.

The trail going to Noah's Ark

We leave Sambong Peak at 7:55 am and we go to Noah’s Ark. The initial trail going to Noah’s Ark is descending then after a few minutes the trail becomes ascending followed by a flat trail. Afterwards the trail turned to moderate descending on the mountain slope composed of grown cogon grass and small rocks.

Nipa Hut just below the Noah's Ark

While waiting for our turn to Noah’s Ark, we rested at the nipa hut just below the foot of Noah’s Ark at 8:12 am. As we rested, we shared thoughts of some mountains we climbed before. Our group reaches Noah’s Ark at 8:20 am. The boat sits at the top of limestone rocks. The view here is astounding. Other members of the group took a picture in the buwis buhay rock formation while waiting for their turn. 

Unfortunately, we don’t experience seeing the sea of clouds at Noah’s Ark but the place is still beautiful. I think Noah’s Ark is a must see destination in the middle of the mountain because it is delightful and attractive to the eyes. In my opinion it’s better when the sea of clouds surrounds Noah’s Ark. It is simply magical.

Noah's Ark

As we step on Noah’s Ark, we can see another group of hikers waiting for their turn. According to our tour guide, there was a time when hikers waited for two to three hours just to take pictures of Noah’s Ark. I can’t imagine waiting in that long line. Also the tour guide said to us in order to take individual solo shots at Noah’s Ark the rest of the group needed to bend. We leave Noah’s Ark at 8:45 am after taking pictures at different angles.

Then our group heads back to the jump-off site. After several minutes of hiking, we reached the jump off point of Mt. Kulis at 9:10 am. In the jump-off point of Mt. Kulis there are small stores that sell liempo with rice, chicken with rice, and pakbet. As a result, we ordered liempo with rice for our heavy breakfast. While eating we have some thoughts about the pandemic. We finished our breakfast at 9:45 am.

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Then we went back inside the van to rest and get some important things inside our bag. After resting, at 10:25 am our group decided to ride a 4×4 jeep going to the Hanging Bridge. It was such a fun bumpy ride and thrilling experience riding the 4×4 jeep on the steep slopes of the mountain. It is definitely one must to experience. Also, the group that I am with is super cool and very funny.

Hanging Bridge

After several minutes, we reached the Hanging Bridge. As expected we took many pictures at the Hanging Bridge and stayed there for almost thirty minutes. Our tour guide is very friendly and accommodating, he’s good at taking pictures of us even at the most difficult angles. According to our tour guide, the Hanging Bridge has a length of 24 meters or 80 feet and it has a height of 220 meters. Without a doubt, it is one of the longest hanging bridges I’ve ever seen.

mini store near the Hanging Bridge

Near the Hanging Bridge, there are mini stores, restrooms and several resting places to rest in. Then our tour guide showed us some pictures of the Lion Falls and the group didn’t like the view at the falls and it was not worth it. As a result, we decided not to go to Lion Falls anymore. According to our guide, the Lion Falls can be reached in twenty to thirty minutes of walking.

Natural Swimming Pool of Mt. Kulis

Then our group headed to the natural swimming pool at 11:12 am. After a few minutes of descending we reached the pool. The place is so clean, serene and tranquil. It is one of the best destinations for me. Also we noticed there were many cottages around the pool and we picked one. Some of the group members swim in the cold water of the natural pool while some members try the long high swing beside the pool.

relaxing at the cottage

The depth of the pool is around 3 feet to 7 feet. Moments later I was shivering in the cold water of the pool. For this reason, I only stayed at the natural pool for a few minutes and I washed up at the restroom near the Hanging Bridge. Then we have our drinking session with Alfonso Light in the cottage at 12 pm. In these hours we just relax and enjoy the scenery. We were having fun and we shared some funny thoughts while drinking.

Mt. Kulis 4x4 jeep ride

After staying in the cottage for nearly three hours, we rode a 4×4 jeep again heading back to the jump off area at 1:55 pm. We experienced the thrilling ride adventure once again via the 4×4 jeep. Along the way, I was amazed to see the lush green of the mountain.

Our group reached the jump off point at 2:06 pm. Some of the members washed up and bought some food then after that our van left Mt. Kulis around 2:30 pm and headed back to Manila. On the way back to Manila, I had a sunset road trip with a good old song. We reached Manila safe and sound at 4:30 pm.

Another mountain in Rizal province has been conquered. Thanks be to God for keeping us safe and giving us one of the most unforgettable trips. In general memories made in Mt. Kulis stay in our hearts forever.

If you want a nature adventure and an easy hike then this is the mountain to go. In my opinion, Mt. Kulis is definitely a must visit and a perfect place to go with your friends, groups and colleagues. Special thanks to Lyn Burgos for organizing the Mt. Kulis hiking event. Also thanks to Aeron and J Nel for taking wonderful pictures. 

Noah's Ark of Mt. Kulis

I’m very happy that I experienced the wonderful view of Mt. Kulis and other attractions. I love all the views and attractions at Fresno Agro and Eco Tourist Campsite. In my opinion they are all worth visiting. Furthermore, the place was simply nice, amazing and very relaxing. Also, their staff and tour guide are well trained and accommodating.

The good things about the hiking trip are the view and the people whom I hiked with. We enjoyed the tour very much. Indeed there are a lot of scenic attractions where you can take a lot of excellent photos for your social media account. In addition, one can wake up in the morning and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the sea of clouds forming over the mountain ranges. Drinking hot coffee and having breakfast while savoring the view of the stunning sunrise, sea of clouds and incredible mountains in the morning is one of a kind experience. Tanay, Rizal is really a great place for hikers and tourists.

On the whole my adventure to Mt. Kulis sums up with this quote “The biggest addiction a person can have is discovering the unknown. Once it takes hold, there is no getting out and the only way to get your fix is by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and exploring new horizons and places.”

Sample itinerary to Mt. Kulis  (by commute):

3AM – Assembly, meetup at Cubao Aurora 3:30AM – Ride a jeep going to Cogeo Gate 2 4AM – Arrival at Cogeo Gate 2, ride a jeep bound to Sampaloc 5:30AM – ETA Sitio Maysawa, ride a tricycle to Mt. Kulis registration 5:40AM – Registration, register, and secure guide 6AM – Start Hiking 6:15AM – Arrival at the Summit 6:30AM – Spider web 7AM – Heart Peak 8:30AM – Noah’s Ark 9:30AM – Hanging bridge 10AM – Lion Falls 11AM – Natural swimming pool 11:30AM – Lunch 12:30PM – Going back to jumpoff 1:30PM – Jumpoff, wash-up 2PM – Ride a tricycle going to the highway 2:30PM – Ride a jeep going back to Cogeo 3:30PM – ETA Cogeo, ride a jeep going to Cubao 4:30PM – ETA Cubao, Manila

Note: this sample itinerary is only for weekdays and is not absolute or will not be 100% perfect due to many factors. The itinerary on weekdays is different from the itinerary on weekends because many people expect to have queues at the main attractions for taking pictures.

Sample itinerary to Mt. Kulis  (by private vehicle):

1AM – ETD going to Mt. Kulis jump off point 3:30AM – ETA at the registration site of Mt. Kulis, secure guide, orientation, breakfast 4:30AM – Start Hiking 5:15AM – Noah’s Ark, wait for the sunrise and sea of clouds 6:30AM – Proceed to Sambong Peak and Heart Peak 7:10AM – Spider Web 8AM – Mt. Kulis summit, Bahay ni Cardo 9AM – Going back to Jump-off point 9:30 AM – Jump-off point of Fresno, early lunch and rest 11AM – Going to the Hanging Bridge via 4×4 jeep 11:30AM – Hanging Bridge 12:30PM – Lion Falls 1:30PM – Natural swimming pool 3PM – Going back to the jump-off point 4PM – Washup, tidyup 5PM – ETD going back to Manila, dinner along the way 8:30PM – ETA Manila

Note: the sample above itinerary is not absolute or will not be 100% perfect due to many factors.

Things to bring on your visit to Mt. Kulis:

1 to 2 liters of water Trail food First Aid Kit Extra cash, clothes and slipper Flashlight Jacket Plastic bag Camera Powerbank Toiletries Cap or scarf Personal medication Umbrella Sunblock Alcohol Raincoat (optional)

How to Go to Mt. Kulis

  • From Cubao, ride a jeep or a van going to Cogeo (Gate 2)
  • From Cogeo jeep terminal, ride a jeep going to Sampaloc, Tanay and tell the driver to drop you at Sitio Maysawa
  • Then ride a tricycle going to Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite
  • From Starmall Shaw Boulevard Terminal, ride a van going to Antipolo Church
  • Then ride a jeep going to Cogeo and tell the driver to drop you at the city mall
  • From Cogeo jeep terminal, ride a jeep bound to Sampaloc, Tanay and tell the driver to drop you at Maysawa Circuit
  • From Starmall Shaw Terminal, ride a van going to Tanay, Rizal
  • From Tanay, Rizal, ride a tricycle or jeep going to Sitio Maysawa 
  • Then ride a tricycle going to Mt. Kulis jump-off point or you have the option to walk for forty-five minutes going to Mt. Kulis jump-off point
  • From SM City Fairview ride a jeep going to Cubao 
  • Then from Cubao ride a jeep or van going to Cogeo
  • From Cogeo terminal ride a jeep going to Sampaloc, Tanay
  • Then ride a tricycle going to Mt.Kulis registration site

By private car

Option 1: 

Drive on Tanay – Sampaloc Road and pass the street to Daranak Falls. Drive straight until you reach the junction then turn left. You should pass Sierra Madre Mountain Resort, Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp and Pico de Pino Cafe and Restaurant. Continue driving until you reach Maysawa Road. Drive straight then turn right then proceed to Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite registration area.

Drive on Marcos Highway passing Masinag, Antipolo, Cogeo, Boso-Boso Highlands Resort And Hotel, Palo Alto, and Garden Cottages, Tanay, Rizal until you reach Maysawa Road. Then turn right and proceed to Fresno Agro-Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite registration site.

Open the Waze app and pin the Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite (Tanay, Rizal)

Note: for those who have their own car, it is better to arrive at the registration site of Mt. Kulis early in the morning to be able to catch the sunrise and sea of ​​clouds. The sea of clouds is visible until 8 am only.

Reminders and Tips:

  • Mt. Kulis is a minor climb and it’s good for beginners. It has a difficulty of 2/9. It is an easy hike with amazing views at the top of the mountain. From the registration site, it is only a ten to fifteen minutes walk going to the summit of Mt. Kulis.
  • The trail is beginner friendly but it becomes difficult, challenging and slippery when it rains. Also the road going to Mt. Kulis are impassable and very muddy during the wet season. You must visit this mountain during the dry season. 
  • The road going to Mt. Kulis is accessible by car, tricycle and motorcycle. Therefore you can bring your kids and the elderly for a very pleasant mountain view.
  • You don’t have to worry about food and drinks because there’s several sari-sari stores, eateries or mini restaurants at the jump-off point of Mt. Kulis. Parking spaces are also available at the jump off.
  • You have the option to ride a 4×4 jeep going to Hanging Bridge or you can do trekking for approximately thirty minutes going to the Hanging Bridge. Mt. Kulis 4×4 jeep ride is 50 pesos per ride. 100 pesos for the two way ride back and forth. However just be cautious and mindful of the 4×4 jeeps that go down and up the mountain slope. The jeeps are old.
  • If you go to Mt. Kulis, I highly recommend you visit on weekdays not on weekends or holidays to avoid the crowds and spending more time waiting just to take a picture in all attractions. According to our tour guide, because the mountain is very accessible, the crowd on weekends is numerous. Queuing and waiting time can take one to three hours for the picturesque photo spots. During weekends there’s a lot of hikers and visitors so have patience to wait for longer hours. 
  • A tour guide is required at Mt. Kulis for your own safety. 
  • Please bring a plastic bag for your own trash and keep all trash with you. This is very important. Additionally, always follow the Leave No Trace principle. No picking of flowers or plants and do not litter. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time. In the same way it’s good to keep the mountain clean. 
  • Respect the locals and the place. Also avoid loud music and shouting. Keep quiet. 
  • Wear appropriate and comfortable hiking shoes and sandals. Avoid wearing white shoes during rainy days because it’s very muddy. 
  • To hike Mt. Kulis, you have to book your visit through Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite on Facebook or book another tour that organizes Mt. Kulis hike. 
  • If you plan to stay overnight in your own tent at Mt. Kulis campsite, you have to take note that there are only sufficient flat spaces that will allow a small tent to be assembled and put up. Also, bring jackets when you’re staying overnight as the weather during the night can get super cold and make sure to wake up early in the morning to witness the sea of clouds and sunrise. 
  • Overnight guest accommodation is from 4 pm to 8 pm only to ensure safety and give respect to the locals surrounding the campsite.
  • Mt. Kulis is the best place to spend quality time with your family and friends. Overall it is an ideal place for camping and stargazing. Campers can pitch their own tents on the summit. 
  • The camp resort is strictly implementing a “Clean As You Go” policy. Please be cautious of your garbage, especially the cigarette butts, water bottles and plastic. 
  • There’s a mini restaurant where hikers can drink coffee, eat noodles, have breakfast and take a nap while waiting for the start of the hike.
  • There are two camps in Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite. Camp A is composed of the summit of Mt. Kulis, Bahay ni Cardo Dalisay, Sambong Peak or Heart Peak, Spider Web, rock formation and Noah’s Ark. On the other hand Camp B is composed of the Hanging Bridge, Lion Falls, Twin Rock formation, Malinaw falls, cave  and Natural swimming pool. 
  • Currently, the Malinaw falls and cave are currently unreachable to hikers because the bridge going to these spots were destroyed by the past typhoon. 
  • There are restrooms you can use in the jump-off and on the summit. 
  • Bonfires and cooking with charcoal are strictly banned at the summit. 
  • There is a corkage fee of 50 pesos per alcoholic beverage bottle.
  • Mt. Kulis and Treasure Mountain share the same perspective, but sea of clouds emerge first in Mt. Kulis before expanding to Treasure Mountain. Also, the sea of clouds in Mt. Kulis is more compact and at close range giving you an awesome experience.
  • I highly recommend getting a packaged tour when you plan to visit Mt. Kulis for ease and convenience. Included in the Mt. Kulis package tour is round trip private van transfer Manila-Rizal vice versa, tour guide fee, coordinator fee, drivers fee, parking fee, registration fee, environmental fee and all entrance fee. On the other hand excluded in the package tour is 4×4 jeep ride, personal meal and restroom fee. 

Notable fees:

  • Mt. Kulis entrance fee or registration fee for the day tour is 300 pesos while the entrance fee or registration fee for overnight visit is 500 pesos. Note: If your tour guide is staying with your group overnight, the rate is 1,250 pesos good for 5 persons. If your tour guide is not staying with your group overnight and picks you up in the morning the rate is 500 pesos. When your group stays overnight, the check-in time is at 4 pm and until noon the next day.
  • Tour guide is 500 pesos good for 5 persons. Note: rate may change without prior notice.
  • Tent pitching is 200 pesos if you have your own tent. Sleeping Mat is 100 pesos. 
  • You can also rent a tent, the price is depending on the size of the tent you will rent, price range is 500 pesos to 1000 pesos.
  • The price of using the restroom ranges from 5 pesos to 20 pesos only. 
  • The 4×4 jeep ride is 50 pesos per head and per ride.
  • Milo is 20 pesos. 
  • You can rent a nipa hut and stay overnight near the Spider Web for 1000 pesos. It is good for 2 to 4 people. Also take note prices may differ depending on the size of the nipa hut you will rent, 2500 pesos for a group of 6 to 8 persons (family size) and 3500 pesos for a group of 8 to 12 persons (Mt. Kulis Kubo Cardo). Pillows, beddings and blankets are included in the nipa hut rent. 
  • There’s an additional 200 pesos guide fee if you want to visit the Malinaw falls, and the cave on Camp B.

Food Menu

120 pesos for liempo with rice, chicken with rice, pakbet 10 pesos for extra rice

Life is a journey, travel as much as you can and once a year go to someplace you’ve never been before. On the whole, I hope this Mt. Kulis hiking guide and reference has been helpful to you and inspired you to try visiting the mountain. Also, don’t forget to share this with your friends groups and colleagues if ever you plan on doing Mt. Kulis day hike too. God bless you in all your future travels and hiking adventures. Thanks for reading. 

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    This is a DIY day tour to Antipolo, the Capital of the Province of Rizal. Also known as the Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines. It is around 2 hour drive east of Manila. Visited Pinto Art Museum and tried a cafe with an overlooking view of Metro Manila. Includes photos, budget and itinerary.

  20. Treasure Mountain Tanay Rizal Camping Adventure (Itinerary + Tips

    Itinerary to maximize time at Treasure Mountain. 2:00 PM Left Manila. 4:15 PM Arrived at Treasure Mountain. Check in officially starts at 4PM, so I thought we had made pretty good time. There's an expansive area for car parking, then you head to the registration office to get your breakfast stub (the package comes inclusive with breakfast ...

  21. Calinawan Cave

    Tanay Rizal Day Tour Itinerary: 3:00 AM : Pick up at Mcdo Quezon Ave. 4:30 AM : ETD Treasure Mountain 5:00 AM - 7:00 AM : Registration, Chasing Sea of Clouds, Picture taking 7:30 AM : ETA Kawa Hot Bath 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - ETD Kawa Hot Bath, Picture taking 10:15 AM : ETA Calinawan Cave

  22. Mt. Kulis Hiking Guide (Itinerary + Tips)

    If your tour guide is not staying with your group overnight and picks you up in the morning the rate is 500 pesos. When your group stays overnight, the check-in time is at 4 pm and until noon the next day. Tour guide is 500 pesos good for 5 persons. Note: rate may change without prior notice. Tent pitching is 200 pesos if you have your own tent.

  23. El Patio Razon: Experience Kawa Bath in Tanay Rizal

    El Patio Razon is just 5 minute drive or 1.5 KM away from Treasure Mountain, that's why many travelers like us include this in our Tanay Rizal day tour itinerary as a side-trip. With the entrance fee of Php 50.00 per pax and Php 300 Kawa hot bath per hour, we enjoyed soaking in warm water. Flowers that made us relax with that aromatic feel.