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.
- 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. 😦