Saturday, January 2, 2016

Minalungao National Park I The Amazing River in Nueva Ecija

Thee Hinatuan Enchanted River at Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur is now very famous in the Philippines. Usually a river showcase a clean and clear water but this river has a shade of sapphire and jade. Another unique river which can be found in the north that features an amazing beauty, the PeƱaranda River.

The PeƱaranda River in Minalungao National Park is different from the regular river. Just like Hinatuan Enchanted River, it has a shade of turquoise color. It's bordered on both sides by the amazing limestone walls in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range. You can find here floating bamboo rafts for those who want to explore the area via the flowing water.

Aside from the river, another interesting attraction is the cave. There's a small cave near the river where you can find bats, spiders and other species.  

For the adventurous one, you enjoy their zipline which for only Php100.

How to get to Minalungao National Park

1. From Cubao, take a Five Star or Baliwag bus  going to Gapan Nueva Ecija. Travel time is around 2 hours. Fare is less then Php200.
2. From Gapan, take a tricycle going to Papaya. Travel Time is 45 minutes. Fare is Php 150
3. From Papaya (General Tinio), take a tricycle going to the park. Travel time is 45 minutes. Fare is around Php300-Php400. You can also hire a tricycle from Gapan directly to the park. Fare is from Php500-Php700. Use your negotiation power.

Travel Tips

1. Go to Minalungao National Park during summer or sunny season
2. Don't forget to bring sunblock and off lotion
3. Bring waterproof bag or any covers that will protect your gadgets
4. It's better to go here in a group to save more money.

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