Rockies of the Plains

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Reminiscent of the rivers in Rizal, Nueva Ecija is now developing the Minalungao Park complete with a zip line, a hanging bridge, floating cottages and a 1,500 step hike to a cross.

For a PHP50 entrance fee (driver need not pay), this is a relatively cheap option.

How to get there

As far as I know, there’s no public transport to go to the park.

Using a private car, en route to Cabanatuan City from Cubao, take a turn to General Tinio. It is about 3 hours from Cubao to Nueva Ecija, and another hour going to the park. They are working on the road now so there’s only about a hundred meters (in total) of rough road.

Quick Tips

  • If going up the grotto, bring some water. There are stores near the river and at the top, none in between. There’s plenty of shade though so it is not hot.
  • There’s no need to take a guide. There’s only one path, it’ll take real talent to get lost. The kids will semi-beg, asking to guide you for money for their school allowance. Your call.
  • Get there early, leave early. This is an isolated location.
  • Avoid the rainy season. If it rained the day before, the water will be muddy. When we first went a couple of years ago, it was crystal clear, now it’s all muddy as it rains every afternoon. 😦
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The hanging bridge. It’s actually a bit scary if you ask me.
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Looks really similar to the rocks of Tinapak River (Mt. Daraitan) and near Wawa Dam (Mt. Binacayan)
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Can you see the strings at the upper right? That’s the zip line.
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That’s a lot of steps.
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There’s a mirror-cross at the top. First time seeing one. I wonder how long this one will last.
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View at the top (behind the mirror-cross)

 

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