We all want to travel to exotic destinations to get away from it all. But for those who only have limited leaves or weekends off, destinations near Manila are your best bet—just like Rizal. Here are five of the scenic places in the province that are sure to cause some Instagram envy.
Hang out on a giant hammock, climb a spider web and admire the view at Masungi Georeserve—a conservation area and karst rock garden hidden in the rain forests of Rizal. There are loads of obstacles that would make every adventure-junkie salivate—including hanging bridges, rope ladder descents and eco-friendly view decks that seem to have been designed with Instagram in mind. More details about Masungi Georeserve here.
Rizal Wind Farm
You don’t have to go all the way to Ilocos Norte to marvel at the awesome sight of windmills. The Rizal Wind Farm in Barangay Halayhayin, Pililla offers a scenic view of hills dotted with gigantic wind turbines. Not only does the wind farm contribute to alternative energy, it has become a tourist destination for bikers, riders and road trippers, too. From here, you can explore other sites around the Laguna Bay area. Here’s a guide to Rizal Wind Farm.
Pinto Art Museum
Immerse yourself in modern art in a beautiful garden setting at Pinto Art Museum, located inside Grand Heights Subdivision in Antipolo. While many museums can feel stiff and formal, Pinto Art Museum offers a casual and laid-back destination to get cultured. The museum contains a well-curated collection of modern paintings, sculptures and art installations throughout several galleries. The picturesque structures, doorways, windows and creative installations in the gardens make great backdrops for OOTDs, too. Here are more photos of Pinto Art Museum.
Daranak Falls and Calinawan Cave
Daranak Falls is possibly one of the most beautiful waterfalls relatively near Manila. With its 14-meter high refreshing cascade and wide basin, you’ll want to dive right in. Be warned that it can get crowded during weekends with locals cooling down and having picnics. But whether it’s crowded or you catch the place to yourself, prepare to be mesmerized. Check out the smaller but less crowded Batlag Falls upstream. As a side trip, you can also visit Calinawan Cave, which is accessible via the same road that leads to Daranak Falls.
Daraitan and Tinipak River
With its clear streams surrounded by rocky white cliff walls, Daraitan River and Tinipak Rocks in Tanay offers a striking destination for those who want to enjoy the great outdoors. From Brgy. Daraitan, visitors can hike a mountain and swim in a small underground cave pool hidden in the rocks. They can also camp out and relax by the riverside with a scenic view of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges. Here’s a guide to get to Daraitan and Tinipak Rocks.
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