Minalungao National Park is a protected park situated at General Tinio, Nueva Ecija. It’s something that I’m proud of because I’m a local of Nueva Ecija. It gained popularity maybe three to four years ago. I heard that as of the moment, Minalungao is being developed and some rental rooms are being built around the area.
Minalungao National Park:
It has beautiful rock formations which is kind of similar to the one in Palawan. The emerald green waters of the Penaranda River just adds beauty to this masterpiece. It is similar to Loboc River which is very famous in Bohol. So when you visit Minalungao National park, you are pretty much hitting two birds with one stone.
Park Rates and Other Fees:
- Entrance fee is only 30php ($.75).
- Cottage fee is 200php ($4).
- Bamboo Raft rentals start from 250php to 500php ($5 – $10).
- There’s also a fee of 10php ($.10) for the use of comfort rooms.
Things to do in Minalungao National Park:
Spelunking in Minalungao National Park. While there is not much to see inside the cave, the bonding and the laughs we had while hiking became the highlight of our little hike. It is actually pretty easy to get to the cave, the challenging part is getting inside the cave. The cave is pretty narrow and small. We just took photos and went back outside right away.
Another activity we did is climb up 1,000 steps. It is pretty easy because the trails were already developed and cemented so you don’t really have to worry about mud and the like.
At the top of the 1,000 steps is this huge cross. We had to take a photo with it, of course. Haha!
On our way down, we got to truly enjoy and take in the beauty of nature. Sometimes, when you are feeling down, all you have to do is reconnect with nature and you’ll be refreshed and relaxed for sure.
We also rented a Bamboo Raft which is really affordable, as I mentioned above. One thing I like is these rafts and the cottages are being rented out by the locals which really helps them in making a living. So when you’re there, please be nice. More often than not, the ones who will assist you are kids who are trying their best to help out their parents. If you have extra food, it doesn’t hurt to share them with the kids. They will love it for sure and thank you endlessly. 🙂
Look at how clean and how clear the water is! Be careful when swimming at Minalungao National Park though, the current can get pretty strong and the Penaranda River have taken quite a number of lives. Be careful!
Other activities that we didn’t get to try:
- Cliff Diving
I hope you visit this gem from my hometown soon! 🙂