A Gem in Nueva Ecija: Minalungao National Park

minalungao national parkMinalungao 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:

rock formations in minalungao national parkbeauty of nueva ecijaIt 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.

emerald green waters in minalungaominalungao national park nueva ecijaPark 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:

minalungao national parkTrekking at Minalungao Natioal 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.

1000 steps at minalungao national parkminalungao national parkAnother 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.

cross at minalungaominalungao national parkAt the top of the 1,000 steps is this huge cross. We had to take a photo with it, of course. Haha!

nature tip at minalungaonature loving at minalungaoOn 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.

bamboo rafting at minalungaominalungao bamboo raftWe 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. 🙂

swimming at minalungao national parkLook 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
  • Ziplining

I hope you visit this gem from my hometown soon! 🙂

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9 Comments

  1. KRISTINY
    March 9, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    I love how you put the amount in. USD $$$$ lol been looking for an updated blog about this coz i wanted to know the prices and activities i can do over there … Very helpful :*

  2. March 10, 2017 / 4:55 am

    What an adventure. These photos are stunning! I bet the water is even more beautiful than it is in the photos! The bamboo raft sounds like a blissful way to explore and that would definitely be my preference! You look like you all had a ball!

  3. Arra
    March 14, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I envy you 🙁 though I am currently living in Nueva Ecija. Still, I haven’t had the chance to visit Minalungao. I have seen pictures from my friends on Facebook. Hopefully this summer vacation I could go with my husband and some family members.

  4. March 15, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Neat place! Very timely reading this post as my cousins and I are looking for somewhere to go this summer. They’d probably like to do the cliff diving and zipline as well. I will surely present this as one good option. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your experience!

  5. March 15, 2017 / 10:24 am

    The place looks amazing. I think it’s a perfect spot for a weekend outing. Bamboo Rafting sounds fun. Beautiful photos of the location. Hope you had a great time.

  6. March 16, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Great I stumbled upon this post. I love the rock formations. From the photos, I think the place itself is not large as in it would take more than a day to explore, but that is not what it is about. I could imagine how nice it is to simply sit under some rock formations and just do nothing. It is so beautiful… I want to visit na din!

  7. March 23, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    Looks like a little Puerto Princesa underground river. I missed “river cruisin.” I grew up in the province where there are a lot of rivers and caves to discover.

  8. May 11, 2017 / 11:06 am

    I’d always read about Minalungao National Park but haven’t scheduled a visit yet. Seems like a good choice for a day trip for us living in Manila. 🙂 You all looked relaxed!

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