Minalungao National Park, Nueva Ecija
To date, more and more individuals are seeking for travel and adventure, specially during summertime! If you're one of us, then this blog is for you. Before anything else, let me tell you a few things about the park.
Minalungao National Park is a protected area of the Philippines. Located in the municipality of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon, 2-3 hours away from Metro Manila. The park covers an area of 2,018 hectares and is considered as one of the few remaining natural environments.
Promoted by the local government as an ecotourism destination offering breath-taking scenery of green pristine river and unique rock formations. A system of unexplored subterranean caverns have also been identified as potential attractions. You may check wikipedia for further details.
Moving on, below you'll find useful guides if you wish to experience Minalungao!
Things to do:
- Swimming - We did enjoy fixing ourselves on stones to experience and feel the raging river! Of course, selfies are mandatory! Hahaha! Be careful if you want to try this, the current is strong! This was really fun!
- Bamboo Rafting - rafting is a sport or pastime of traveling a river with a raft. Cool, right? But wait, there's more, here in Minalungao, rafting is made easier and relaxing. The raft are created with a nipa hut, table and chairs where you can eat and enjoy the scenery while exploring the river. When you feel like staying in a particular area, you can inform the person in charge of the raft and they'll just pick you again anytime. A raft costs Php 600.00 for a whole day use that can accommodate 5-8 persons. There are cottages beside the river at Php 400.00 whole day use if you prefer but I highly recommend using the rafts.
- Cliff diving - I don't really recommend doing this as the river have many stones, however, if you are risk taker then please ask assistance to which area you can jump. There are numerous facilitators that can help and remember, jump at your own risk.
- Hiking - Still energetic after swimming and cliff diving? Well then, you can hike the 1,000 steps to the cross or go cave strolling beside the river. You can opt to do this on your own or hire local guides. Don't forget your flashlights!
- Zipline - One way ride costs Php 100.oo. If you want to to see the breath taking view of the park, don't miss out this activity!
- Hanging bridge - this is one of the new attraction here in Minulingao. The bridge will take you on the other side of the river, and yes, if you want to go back on the other side, this will also be the only way. So if you are afraid of heights like me, well, uhmmm, just close your eyes and walk! Hahaha! Kidding! Have a deep breathe and walk, you'll be amaze by the view specially in the middle 🙂
- Via private car - nowadays, WAZE is your bestfriend when travelling, you can just type the park's name and voila! But for those who prefer travelling without waze, here's how:
- Take NLEX traveling north and Exit at Sta. Rita.
- Proceed right and travel the municipalities of Bulacan, until you reach Gapan City.
- Upon reaching Gapan, ask the locals on how to go to Minulingao National Park. Chances of getting lost is low as there are signage along the road. Total travel time is 3-5 hours depending on traffic/speed and please expect rough roads 🙂
- Via Commute/Bus
- From Cubao Five Star Terminal - ride a bus going to Gapan/Cabanatuan and drop off at Gapan for Php 150.00 - 200.00. Estimated travel time is 2-3 hours and oh, do take advantage of student discount if you are 🙂
- From Gapan - From Gapan ride a jeep to General Tinio then ride a tricycle to Minalungao Park, P50/person.
- There are also tricycles that can take you to Minalungao Park itself from Gapan for Php 500.00-600.00, but this may be lessen if you're good in haggling.
- Park Entrance fee Php 100.oo/head
- Parking fee Php 50.00
- The park gets crowded during weekends, I recommend going here during weekdays.
- No corkage fee is implemented, so feel free to bring food and do some grilling by the river.
- Please do take with you all the trash you brought, remember the place is a protected area and let us also think of future generations experiencing the beauty of Minalungao.
The park is waiting everyone! Happy travelling!