25 Best RIZAL TOURIST SPOTS to Visit & Things to Do

25 Best RIZAL TOURIST SPOTS to Visit & Things to Do

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Located east of Metro Manila, the province of Rizal is one of the most popular destinations among travelers from Manila and nearby areas — thanks to its close proximity and its wide buffet of attractions.

Summit-seekers will never leave wanting because Rizal nurtures mountains that flaunt thick forests and striking rock cliffs. Nature lovers are drawn to its cascading waterfalls and meandering rivers. And those looking for adventure can explore its many caves that will surely rock their itineraries. Besides the natural attractions, Rizal also boasts cultural and historical sites, including churches, parks, and museums.

Whether you’re planning a day trip, a weekend getaway, or a holiday escape, Rizal has something for you. Here are some of the best things to do and places to visit in the province.

Note: The opening hours and rates might change without prior notice, so please check the official websites or Facebook pages before visiting.

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Rizal Day Tour from Manila

If you don’t have a car but want to travel conveniently, you can join a group tour package that offers transportation to and from Manila. Klook’s Rizal Day Tour from Manila is inclusive of roundtrip transportation, toll fees, and parking fees. Most of the attractions in the itinerary are located in Tanay, Rizal. Here are the usual stops:

  • Sierra Madre, Hanging Bridge
  • Daranak Falls
  • Calinawan Cave
  • Regina Rica Shrine
  • Windmill Farm
  • Celossian Flower Farm
  • El Patio Razon (Hobbit House & Kawa Hot Bath)

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1. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa

Established in 2016, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is the cherry on top of the eight-hectare Loreland Farm Resort .

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Located along Antipolo Ridges, the farm resort provides a scenic and serene relaxing space for weary guests. Enjoy the view of Laguna de Bay, Metro Manila, and Antipolo while enjoying the amenities like the infinity pools. Pamper yourself in a heated jacuzzi, sauna, or hydro-massage pool. You can also avail of the massage and body scrub packages.

Address: Sitio Loreland, Barangay San Roque Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: Open daily from Monday to Sunday; 9:00AM–2:00PM (Morning Tour); 12:00PM–5:00PM (Afternoon Tour); 2:00PM–7:00PM (Evening Tour). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Package Rates: P850 – P4,000 (Solo); P5,000 (Couple Spa Package); P24,000 (Spa Party Package, 10 pax minimum)

Klook is offering discounted rates for two of their day trip packages — Hanging Gardens Retreat and Hanging Gardens Getaway . Both are inclusive of slippers, access to the spa’s facilities (locker, sauna, heated jacuzzi, hydro-massage pool, infinity pools, Dr. Fish Spa, and meditation lounges), traditional bathrobe and towel, and Antipolo’s best suman .

The Hanging Gardens Getaway package includes a set meal served in a bento box (soup, veggies, main meal, dessert). There are two options for the main course — smoked St. Louis pork ribs or smoked Norwegian salmon. Get your discount voucher from Klook and reserve your slot by calling the office at least two days before your desired schedule.

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2. ATV Adventure

Need a dose of adrenaline? You can also go on a thrilling rough road adventure riding an ATV along muddy trails, across rivers, and through jungles.

ATV Adventure Rizal organizes various ATV tours. There are five route options:

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  • Short Trail
  • Forest Trail
  • Marikina River Trail
  • Jungle Trail.

Each has its own set of itinerary, duration, and inclusions. There will be a safety briefing and demo with an ATV expert, so no need to worry if it’s your first time. Just follow the instructions and you are good to go!

Address: ATV Adventures Rizal, Purok Uno, Sapinit Road, Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: 6:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Contact Details: 0908 894 0771 / [email protected]

Get your discount voucher from Klook!

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3. Paintball Battleground

Another attraction offered by ATV Adventure Rizal is Paintball Battleground , which allows one hour of use of the battlefield with your friends or family for less than P500!

This also includes 50 bullets and complete paintball gear — a mask, vest, and a paintball gun.

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For safety, please follow all the rules and regulations when inside the battleground. Fire away!

Address: Sapinit Road Barangay San Juan, Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: 6:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Contact Details: 0908 894 0771 / [email protected]

If your group wants to have a private paintball session, you can book Klook’s Private Paintball Experience offer. Make sure that your group is composed of eight participants for you to reserve a time slot. No walk-ins as of now, so you really need to book in advance and reserve two days before your ideal schedule.

4. Pinto Art Museum

I may be biased but I think I am not alone when I say Pinto Art Museum is one of the most picturesque contemporary museums in the country!

Established in 2010, Pinto Art Museum was born from the art collection of its founder, neurologist Dr. Joven Cuanang. From the museum’s name pinto , which translates to ‘door’, the aim is to bridge diverse cultures and perspectives through arts.

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The museum presents various types of arts — sculptures, paintings, installations, mixed media, and more — which revolve around religion, historical events, and different modernist movements. It also showcases the works of Filipino contemporary artists. Another popular feature that you should not miss when you visit is its in-house restaurant, the Cafe Rizal .

Designed by artist Antonio Leaño, the whole museum complex is composed of white structures enclosed in a two-hectare botanical garden. It exudes a serene atmosphere. It’s not surprising that this is one of the most Instagrammed museums in the Philippines. The place is also open to couples who want to do a prenuptial shoot. Contact the management for the rates.

Address: 1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: 10:00AM-6:00PM (Tuesday-Sunday); CLOSED (Mondays). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Entrance Fee: P250 (Adult); P200 (PWD/Senior Citizen); P125 (Student w/ Proof of Enrollment); FREE (3y/o and below) Contact Details: +63 (2) 8697-1015 / [email protected]

5. Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

Officially declared a National Cultural Treasure in 1973 by the National Museum of the Philippines, the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs site offers a glimpse into the prehistoric Philippines.

The ancient carvings are preserved on a rock wall along the boundary of Angono and Binangonan. A tunnel leading to the petroglyphs is located a few meters off the road (Col. Guido Road). The rock wall is protected by a fence but you can still marvel at the carvings from a wooden viewing deck. This was first discovered by national artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco in 1965.

Location: NM – Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs Site Museum, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: FREE

6. Masungi Georeserve

Opened to the public in 2015, the Masungi Georeserve is a conservation area managed and protected by concerned and passionate groups and individuals. It aims to promote a mutually healthy coexistence between nature and people and to educate visitors about the importance of conservation through sustainable geotourism.

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Located on the southern part of the Sierra Madre mountain range, the georeserve has piqued the curiosity of weekend warriors, especially those who are passionate about the environment and those interested in geology.

The whole area cradles limestone caves, rock formations, karst cliffs, and rainforests. The park has eco-trails, rope courses, and hanging bridges that connect some of the key points inside the conservation area. The Sapot (cobweb) and the Duyan (hammock) are two of the most popular features inside the park.

The park also has several viewpoints, from where you can admire stunning views of the mountains, the park, and even Laguna de Bay in some spots. Note that Masungi Georeserve offers different trails and experiences — Discovery Trail, Legacy Trail, and Garden Picnic. Check the inclusions, then choose the one that suits your preference

Please wear comfortable clothes and footwear with good grip, and respect and follow the policies when inside the park. Prior reservation is needed. No walk-ins.

Location: Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Tuesday-Sunday), CLOSED (Mondays). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Admission: Need prior reservation. Visit the official website www.masungigeoreserve.com/experience. Contact Details: +63 908 888 70 02 / [email protected]

Klook offers a guided join-in tour of the Masungi Georeserve. The package covers roundtrip transportation, snacks, access to the facilities, and a guided tour within Masungi. The particular trail offered is the Discovery Trail.

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7. Hinulugang Taktak

Designated as a national park in 1990, the Hinulugang Taktak Protected Landscape covers three hectares of verdant forest. It was named after the Hinulugang Taktak waterfalls, which is obviously the highlight of the park.

Easily accessible from the town center, it is an iconic landmark in Antipolo and said to be one of the most visited national parks in the country. The trails leading to the falls have been developed to make it easier for tourists, especially seniors and PWDs, to access.

The area surrounding the falls has become a picnic site, adorned with tables and gazebos. There is also a designated pool area for those who want to swim. If you want to trek or do some challenging activities, you can check out the new facilities like wall climbing, rappelling, and other rope courses.

Both the local government and DENR are continuously doing their job to protect and maintain the park. Let us help by following the rules and regulations.

Most travelers visit this and the nearby Pinto Art Museum in a day.

Location: Daang Bakal Road/Taktak Road, Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: P30 (Adult); P15 (Students); P100 (Foreigners); FREE (Children below 7 y/o, seniors, and PWDs) Other Fees: P50 (Swimming Pool), P50/hour (Table), P500/day (Cottage)

8. Daranak Falls

The 14-meter high Daranak Falls is one of the popular natural attractions in Tanay and a favored summer destination for locals and tourists alike.

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Located at the foot of densely forested Tanay mountains, the picturesque area — with Daranak falls as its centerpiece — features cascading waters, rivers, ponds, and a huge natural pool. There are picnic sheds and tables for rent.

Note that plastic, styrofoam, alcoholic beverages, and pets are not allowed. Please do not litter and clean as you go.

Location: Daranak Falls, Tanay, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: P50 per person. Children below 3ft are free of charge. Rental Rates: P200 (Picnic Table, good for 6 pax); P300 (Picnic Shed, good for 8 pax)

Daranak Falls is included in the itinerary of Klook’s Rizal Day Tour from Manila. This includes roundtrip transportation.

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9. Batlag Falls

Not too far from Daranak Falls is another set of cascades with swimming holes — Batlag Falls .

You just need to trek uphill and deeper into the thick jungle to reach this beauty. The cool water rushes down from a limestone cliff. The water basins (one shallow and one relatively deeper) serve as swimming areas. Try to explore farther from the main pools and you might find a less crowded swimming spot.

The best time to go is morning when there are fewer people. Bring your own food and clean as you go.

Location: Batlag Falls, Tanay, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-8:00PM (Monday-Sunday, Day Tour). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: P150 (Adult); P50 (Child); P200 (Overnight/Camping) Rental Rates: P200 (Picnic Table); P200 – P300 (Picnic Shed/Cottage)

10. Mt. Daraitan

Part of the Sierra Madre mountain range, Mount Daraitan straddles the town of Tanay in Rizal and the town of General Nakar in Quezon province.

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Daraitan is characterized by lush forests and limestone formations, which dominate the summit. From the zenith, enjoy the breathtaking view of the snake-like form of Tinipak River and the Sierra Madre mountain range.

There are two trails — a short-but-challenging trail and a long-but-relaxed trail. Going down, you can either trace back your trail or take the trail down to Tinipak River . You can check out the nearby cave if you still have time.

Camping is allowed. If you go on a day hike, please be there early because there is a limited number of people allowed per day . Those who didn’t make it on time will be directed to other peaks like Mount Binutasan, Mount Lugang, or Mount Maynoba.

From Tanay town center, you can hire a tricycle to take you directly to Daraitan’s barangay hall. The rate is around P500, good for 5-6 pax.

Location: Mount Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal Jump-off Point Barangay Daraitan Barangay Hall. You need to register your group here and then you will be assigned a guide or two, depending on the size of your group. Registration Fee: P20 (Day Hike) Tourism Fee: P100 (Inclusive of Tinipak River) Guide Fee: P500/group (Day Hike); P1250/group (Overnight/Camping) Number of Visitors: 300 hikers per day

You can book Klook’s Mount Daraitan Day Tour from Manila package if you want to travel conveniently.

11. Tinipak River

This mountain river meanders below the Sierra Madre range. This natural attraction is a usual side trip destination for those hiking Mount Daraitan. The clear water flows through smooth limestone rocks and boulders.

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Tourists enjoy taking a dip and swimming in the refreshing water. Not far from the main swimming area is a cave with a small cascade forming a natural pool inside.

Wear aqua shoes or footwear with good grip as trails can be slippery.

Location: Tinipak River, Tanay, Rizal Jump-off Point Barangay Daraitan Barangay Hall. You need to register your group here and then you will be assigned a guide or two, depending on the size of your group. Registration Fee: P20 Tourism Fee: P100 (Inclusive of Daraitan Hike) Guide Fee: P500/group (Day Hike); P1250/group (Overnight/Camping)

Klook’s Mount Daraitan Day Tour from Manila package includes both Mount Daraitan and Tinipak River experience. This is inclusive of roundtrip transportation.

12. Pililla Wind Farm

Encompassing over 4,500 hectares of the hilly landscape, the Pililla Wind Farm flaunts its colossal wind turbines that tower over the landscape. All 27 wind turbines stand like gigantic sentinels, providing an incredibly scenic tourist destination near Manila and, more importantly, electricity.

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Managed by Alternergy Philippine Holdings Corporation (APHC), the whole wind farm is said to produce almost 150 Gigawatt hours of electricity annually.

Note that there’s not much shade here, so if you are visiting at noon or early afternoon, make sure you bring an umbrella or any protection from the sun. There’s a designated view deck where you can view the turbines at a higher altitude and a small information building.

If you want to view the turbines from the hill across the viewing deck, you have to pay P10 to trek up the hill. Even from afar, they are a sight to behold, especially during sunset and early morning. The place is also popular among bikers.

Location: Barangay Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal Opening Hours: 7:00AM-6:00PM (Monday-Sunday) Entrance Fee: FREE Getting Here: From Tanay town center, you can hire a tricycle to take you to the wind farm. The rate is P200-300.

13. Higantes Festival

Celebrated annually in the town of Angono, Higantes Festival is a two-day feast known for its giant papier-mâché puppets, which represent the malevolent feudal lords (hacienda owners) during the Spanish regime era. Eventually, it developed into a celebration for Pope St. Clement I.

During the festival, the titan-like papier-mâché puppets, representing the barangays of Angono, are paraded throughout the streets.

Location: Angono, Rizal Festival Date: November 22 & 23

14. Botong Francisco’s Ancestral House

National Artist for Visual Art Carlos “Botong” Francisco is renowned for his vivid paintings depicting folk scenes and values. His works serve as significant reminders and records of our culture and heritage.

The ancestral house was opened to the public in the 1970s with no definite opening hours, making the masterpieces and memoirs accessible to the public, a symbolic gesture of offering himself, a National Artist, through his works to the Filipino people.

The highlight is the artist’s intact studio where some of his earlier works and sketches are displayed, along with his well-preserved personal belongings and collections. As a muralist, he pioneered this art form in the Philippines.

Aside from being an artist, he is also a scriptwriter whose notable works include Manuel Conde’s, Genghis Khan. The ancestral house/museum is managed by his grandson, artist Carlos “Totong” Francisco II.

Address: Dona Aurora Street, Barangay Poblacion Itaas, Angono, Rizal Opening Hours: 24/7 Entrance Fee: FREE

15. Angono Mural Street

Home of prominent artists and museums, Angono is hailed as the “Art Capital of the Philippines”. Visiting national artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s ancestral house will lead you to a stretch of road marked by street art — the Doña Aurora Street, also known as the Angono Mural Street .

Charlie Anorico, Gerry Batang, and Ebong Pinpino are the artists behind the murals and sculptured walls flanking Doña Aurora Street. These murals are based on the masterpieces of Botong Francisco with texts from the song “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan”, which is another cultural treasure composed by national artist Maestro Lucio San Pedro .

Location: Dona Aurora Street, Barangay Poblacion Itaas, Angono, Rizal Opening Hours: 24/7 Entrance Fee: FREE

16. Bahay na Bato

Said to be the oldest house in Pililla, the centuries-old Bahay na Bato (House of Stone) will transport you back to the Spanish colonial period where this type of architecture became prevalent.

It is located near St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church. The combination of stone masonry and woodwork for both the exterior and the interior are intact, surviving the test of time. Aside from seeing antique furniture and architectural gems, the place is a popular stop for photo sessions.

Address: J.P. Rizal Street, Takungan, Poblacion, Pililla, Rizal Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). If the gate is closed, try knocking or buzzing at the gate. The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: FREE. You can tip the caretaker. However, if you are doing official photoshoots, like a prenup, you have to call them to inquire about the rates and availability. Contact Details: 620 2400 loc 4242 / [email protected]

17. Calinawan Cave

Calinawan Cave is a must-visit not only for adventure seekers but also for history buffs.

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The multi-level cave system harbors remarkable rock formations (stalagmites and stalactites), delighting spelunkers and curious travelers. The first two levels are quite easy to explore, good for beginners and kids. However, the succeeding levels require scrambling and getting through small openings. It’s even more challenging when the grounds are wet, making it slippery. Wear comfortable footwear and bring extra clothes, just in case.

The cave is believed to be one of the underground meeting places of the revolutionary katipuneros , plotting steps to overthrow the Spanish colonizers. It is best to explore with a guide. If you book a tour, you will be given protective gear like a helmet and flashlight. The guide will share stories and information as you explore the cave.

Location: Barangay Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal Opening Hours: 6:00AM-5:30PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: P50/person Guide Fee: Starts at P200, depending on the size of the group.

Calinawan Cave is included in the itinerary of Rizal Day Tour from Manila curated by Klook. This includes roundtrip transportation.

18. Balaw Balaw Restaurant’s Soup No. 5

Balaw Balaw Restaurant serves Filipino cuisine, boasting twelve kinds of sinigang and exotic fares on the menu. Some of the exotic food are itik (duck), sinabawang balut , ginataang kuhol , crickets, and frog cuisine. Note that some exotic food items are seasonal like the kamaro (crickets), uok , and bibingkang abnoy (spoiled duck egg).

But adventurous eaters come to this restaurant for one thing — the exotic Soup #5 , notorious for its star protein, cow’s balls. Let’s just say that it is an acquired taste!

The restaurant also features an art gallery, so you can check out the collection while there.

Address: #11 Doña Justa Subdivision, Barangay San Roque, Angono, Rizal Opening Hours: 10:00AM-8:30 PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Contact Details: 8651-0110 / 8722 4338 / 0916 8878570 / [email protected]

19. Treasure Mountain

Effortless sea of clouds near Manila! That’s what pulls campers and day-trippers to this high-altitude educational campsite.

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If you’ve always wanted to admire a sea of clouds in person but you don’t have the time, energy, stamina, or interest in hiking, this is a great alternative! Assuming the weather cooperates, that is. There are times when visitors won’t get to see the sea of clouds because it’s rainy (or other reasons), but the place still offers a panoramic view of the lush Sierra Madre mountain range.

Several viewpoints can be found inside the camp, so just choose your spot, Be careful when you climb some rock formations and cliffs as some of them are sharp and slippery. You can also try the rope courses installed within the campsite, ride the ATV, or swim in the pool. There are restrooms and a small restaurant near the entrance.

If you are camping overnight, you can bring your own tent and food — a corkage fee of P350 for food and P50 per alcoholic bottle. Pack some warmers and your trusty jacket because the weather up there is usually chilly. Please dispose of your trash properly. Note that the sea of clouds usually occurs between 5AM and 8AM.

Location: Sitio Maysawa, Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal Opening Hours: Day Tour 5:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Daily); Overnight Check-in Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Daily). Overnight Check-in Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Daily). The check-out time for overnight visitors is 1:00 PM the following day. Entrance Fee: P150/person (Day Tour); P200/person (Overnight) Other Fees: P300/tent (Camping Fee); P200 (Sleeping Mat); P500 – P800 (Tent Rental, 2-4 pax); P350 – P550 (Cottage Rental)

There are packages offered for Treasure Mountain Day Tour on Klook. Check the inclusions per package first, then choose the one that best suits your interests.

20. Antipolo Church

The province of Rizal is known for its pilgrimage and religious sites. In fact, the provincial capital, Antipolo, is hailed as a Pilgrimage City.

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One of Antipolo’s historical and religious landmarks is the Antipolo Cathedral , officially named National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and also the Immaculate Conception Parish.

The church was completed in the 17th century but has undergone several reconstructions and renovations over the years. It houses the wooden statue of Mary. It attracts huge crowds, mostly pilgrims and devotees, during Holy Week and the Pilgrimage Season.

Don’t leave without a quick stop at the Victory Pasalubong Center just next to the cathedral and grab some suman (sticky rice cake wrapped in leaves, usually banana leaves), kasuy (cashew nuts), and other local products!

Address: P. Oliveros Street, San Jose, Poblacion, Antipolo, Rizal Opening Hours: 6:00AM-7:00PM (Monday-Sunday). This is a place of worship, so please observe silence, especially when there are people praying or when mass is ongoing. Check the updated mass schedule on the official website. Entrance Fee: FREE

21. Phillip’s Sanctuary

Phillip’s Sanctuary is one of the favored eco-tourism, eco-adventure, and retreat destinations in Antipolo. It provides modern comforts and amenities in a natural, raw setting, letting the guests enjoy nature without sacrificing convenience.

The whole property features campsites, an agroforestry farm, function areas, an organic fruit farm, aquaculture, lodgings, a chapel, an honesty store, swimming pools, a restaurant, and greenery! It also has amenities for team building and big group events — obstacle courses, rope courses, zipline, bike trail, fishing area, and kayaking/rafting area.

Address: Pestano Farm Road, Sitio Panlilingan, Barangay San Juan, Antipolo, Rizal Office Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Friday) Entrance Fee: The rates vary depending on the inclusions and activities, but the Day Trip rate is P3,500 (good for 10 pax). Contact Details: (02) 8801 1411 / (02) 8880 9176 / 0917 8971162 / 0917 7085367 / [email protected] / [email protected]

22. Mount Purro Nature Reserve

If you are an avid fan of forest bathing, you might find Mount Purro Nature Reserve a worthwhile nature tripping destination. Surrounded by the flora and fauna of the Sierra Madre, the mountain farm has scenic hiking paths and trails, snaking through the dense rainforest and along the river. You can even take the one that leads to Malvar’s Peak for more breathtaking views.

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The farm has charming small gardens, unique swings, and gazebos where you can just chill and appreciate nature’s beauty. There are also facilities like rope courses, a swimming pool, a zipline, a play area, and lodgings.

But the most interesting thing about Mount Purro is its roots. The owner and founder, Toto Malvar, was inspired by his mother and grandfather to take care of the environment, particularly the Sierra Madre. Through reforestation projects and rehabilitation of the Upper Marikina Watershed, the farm not only protects the environment but also helps the Dumagat Tribe by providing a livelihood for them in the process.

Address: Purok 5, Barangay Calawis, Antipolo, Rizal Office Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Friday) Entrance Fee: Admission rate varies depending on the activities and inclusions, but it ranges from P300 to P750 for children and from P450 to P950 for adults. You may check the official website for the complete list of packages: www.mountpurronaturereserve.com Contact Details: 8542 3005 / 0908 8812701 / 0949 3981799 (Reservation) / [email protected]. Note that you need to make prior reservation before your visit. No walk-ins allowed.

Attention! Since February 2022, the status of the farm is temporarily closed. Wait for the announcement of the reopening.

When the farm reopens, you can reserve your slot through Klook! In the meantime, you can check the activities that you can expect when it starts accepting guests again.

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23. Palo Alto Falls

Located within the 200-hectare Palo Alto Leisure and Residential Estates , the 60-foot Palo Alto Falls is another cascade destination to add to your list of attractions near Manila.

Managed by the Sta. Lucia Land, the falls area is open to the public. At the entrance, you will have to take more than 200 steps to reach the falls. The cascade’s water basin, bordered with cemented boulders and stones, serves as a swimming area, with another pool right below it.

The area is well-maintained with cottages and tables for rent and concrete steps and paths. Although development is apparent, it doesn’t take away from the beauty of nature. This is popular among motorcycle riders and cyclists too.

Location: Palo Alto Leisure and Residential Estates, Barangay Pinugay, Baras, Rizal Opening Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check again before visiting. Entrance Fee: P100/head Other Fees: P400 (Table and Chairs); P700 Cottage

24. Blanco Family Art Museum

Jose “Pitok” V. Blanco is the godson and prodigy of the late national artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco. Together with his equally talented wife Loreto “Loring” Perez-Blanco and their seven children, they formed the illustrious Family of Painters , whose works celebrate Filipino culture, history, and traditions.

After their family exhibit at the National Museum in 1978, the family decided to make their paintings accessible to the public. It was first established in 1980, but the actual museum was launched in 1990. It houses a huge collection of the Blanco family’s masterpieces.

Address: 312B A.Ibañez Street, Angono, Rizal Opening Hours: 9:00AM-8:00PM (Monday-Sunday). The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official website or Facebook page before visiting. Entrance Fee: P50 Museum Tour: P150 (Regular); P120 (Senior/PWD); P100 (Students w/ ID). The museum tour is optional.

25. Antipolo and Binangonan Cafes with a View

Perched in the highlands of Rizal, Antipolo affords some of the most spectacular views of the metro. The best way to enjoy the vista? With a cup of coffee or a good meal, of course!

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Several cafes and restaurants take advantage of their breathtaking location by doubling as lookouts, attracting tourists from all around the metro and the province. Some of the most notable are:

  • Kaulayaw Coffee ✅ Get Discounted Dining Voucher Here!
  • Cloud 9 Leisure Club & Restaurant
  • ArtSector Gallery and Chimney Café 360º

We’ll be creating separate articles about these establishments so be sure to check back later!

Other Attractions

  • Mountains: Mt. Pamitinan, Mt. Binacayan, Mt. Hapunang Banoy, Mt. Tagapo, Mt. Balagbag, Mt. Maranat, Mt. Sipit Ulang, and Mt. Batolusong
  • Waterfalls: Kinamatayan Falls, Maranat Falls, Kay Ibon Falls, Payaran Falls (Seven Infinity Pools)
  • Geological Sites: Cardona Rock Garden, Pamitinan Cave
  • Historical and Cultural Sites: Marian Hill, Santong Lugar in Jalajala, Kalbaryo, Manaoag Shrine, Heroes’ Park, Rafael Pacheco Art Gallery, etc.

Top Rizal Resorts & Hotels

Below are some of the top-reviewed hotels, resorts and apartments in Rizal Province, as ranked by Agoda guests.

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Rizal Province: Top Tourist Spots and Things to Do

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Looking for tourist spots in Rizal for your next weekend getaway? Rizal Province is a popular tourist destination in the Calabarzon region of the Philippines. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and exciting adventure activities. Whether you’re a nature lover, history buff, or thrill-seeker, Rizal has something for everyone.

Masungi Georeserve photo by Frances Ellen via Flickr CC

One of the main draws of Rizal Province is its abundance of tourist spots. From the majestic Mount Daraitan and Tinipak River to the awe-inspiring Pinto Art Museum, there is no shortage of breathtaking sights to explore. Visitors can also explore the ancient Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs, go on an ATV adventure, or relax at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa. With so many tourist attractions to visit, it’s easy to see why Rizal is a top destination for travelers.

In addition to its natural beauty and tourist spots, Rizal Province also offers a wealth of cultural experiences. Visitors can attend the Higantes Festival, which celebrates the town of Angono’s patron saint, or visit the Avilon Zoo to see a variety of exotic animals. For those interested in history, there are several historic sites to explore, such as the Antipolo Cathedral and the Balaw-Balaw Specialty Restaurant, known for its traditional Filipino cuisine. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or culture, Rizal Province has something to offer.

Geographical Overview

Rizal province is mountainous and home to the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, the longest mountain range in the country. The province is known for its scenic views, lush forests, and natural wonders, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

The Sierra Madre Mountain Range is a prominent feature of Rizal province, and it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The highest peak in the range is Mount Irid, which stands at 1,469 meters above sea level. The range is also home to several other mountains, including Mount Daraitan and Mount Batolusong, which offer challenging hikes and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

In addition to its mountains, Rizal province is also known for its caves and rock formations. The province has several caves, including the Bat Cave in Tanay and the Calinawan Cave in Rizal. These caves are popular with tourists and offer a unique opportunity to explore the province’s natural wonders.

Rizal province is also home to several forests, including the Masungi Georeserve, a conservation area home to various flora and fauna. The reserve allows visitors to hike through the forest and explore its natural beauty.

The province is also home to several rivers, including the Tinipak River, known for its crystal-clear waters and natural pools. The river is a popular destination for swimming and kayaking, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Finally, Rizal province is known for its stunning views of the sea of clouds. The province’s high altitude and mountainous terrain make it an ideal location for viewing this natural phenomenon, which occurs when clouds gather in the valleys and create a sea-like effect.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the top 29 best Rizal tourist spots you should add to your travel itinerary. We’ll also provide some recommendations on things to do and see in each destination so you can make the most of your Rizal adventure.

So, if you’re looking for a fun and memorable vacation just a stone’s throw away from Metro Manila, read on and discover the top tourist spots in Rizal province.

Historical Landmarks

Rizal Province is rich in history, and visitors can explore some of the most significant historical landmarks in the region. From centuries-old churches to ancient rock carvings, there is something for every history enthusiast.

Angono Petroglyphs

Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

Discover the ancient carvings of the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs, a National Cultural Treasure and one of the Philippines’ most important archaeological finds. Believed to date back to 3000 BC, the petroglyphs depict human figures, animals, and symbols and offer a fascinating glimpse into the nation’s rich cultural heritage. Take a guided tour of the site, which includes a visit to the small museum that houses replicas of the petroglyphs and provides information about the history and significance of the site.

Then, climb the short flight of stairs to the main site, where visitors can observe the intricate carvings and learn about their cultural significance. Enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding countryside, and take a picnic or nature walk to complete the experience. With its unique and educational offerings, visiting the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs is an unforgettable journey into the past.

Things to do:

  • Take a guided tour of the petroglyphs to learn about their history and significance.
  • Admire the ancient rock art that dates back to 3000 BC.
  • Explore the surrounding park and enjoy the scenic views of the Laguna de Bay.
  • Learn about the culture and way of life of the prehistoric Filipinos who created the petroglyphs.
  • Take part in educational activities and workshops focusing on preserving and conserving petroglyphs.
  • Visit the nearby Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs Museum to see more artifacts and exhibits related to the petroglyphs.
  • Take photographs of the petroglyphs and the surrounding natural beauty to capture the experience.

Location: Bilibiran, Binangonan, Rizal Contact Nos.: 0919 077 3104 & 0938 008 7320 Email: [email protected] FB Page:  NM Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs Site Museum

Pililla Bahay na Bato by Ramon FVelasquez via Wikimedia cc

Bahay na Bato in Pililla, Rizal

Bahay na Bato is a historic house located in the town of Pililla, Rizal, Philippines. The house is named after its unique construction material, a mix of stone and wood, making it an outstanding example of traditional Filipino architecture. Built in the 19th century, the house has been preserved and is now a popular tourist attraction, providing visitors with a glimpse into the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Visitors to Bahay na Bato can explore the house’s intricately carved wooden beams, windows, and doors. The home also features a spacious courtyard and garden, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the serene surroundings. Inside the house are displays of traditional Filipino costumes, textiles, and artifacts, providing visitors with a deeper understanding of the country’s cultural history.

  • Explore Bahay na Bato, a historic house showcasing traditional Filipino architecture.
  • Admire the intricate details of the house, including the carved wooden beams, windows, and doors.
  • Relax in the spacious courtyard and garden, which offer a peaceful and serene setting.
  • Visit the museum inside the house, which features displays of traditional Filipino costumes, textiles, and artifacts.
  • Learn about the history and significance of Bahay na Bato through guided tours and educational exhibits.  

Natural Attractions

Rizal Province is known for its beautiful natural attractions that offer visitors a wide range of activities. From hiking to swimming, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the best natural attractions in Rizal Province.

Hinulugang Taktak nature park in Taktak Road Antipolo City photo via Depositphotos

Hinulugang Taktak

Hinulugang Taktak is a waterfall and national park located in the city of Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines. The waterfall, approximately 21.5 meters high, was once a popular tourist destination known for its natural beauty and crystal-clear waters. However, due to urbanization and pollution, the waterfall became heavily contaminated, leading to its closure in the 1990s. In recent years, efforts have been made to rehabilitate the area, and the park has been reopened to the public. Today, Hinulugang Taktak is a popular spot for hiking, picnicking, and enjoying nature.

Visitors to Hinulugang Taktak can enjoy a leisurely hike through the park’s trails, which offer scenic views of the waterfall and the surrounding forest. The park also has picnic areas, playgrounds, and a swimming pool where visitors can relax and enjoy the area’s natural beauty. The park is also home to various flora and fauna, including butterflies, birds, and trees endemic to the Philippines. Visitors can also learn about the history and culture of the area by visiting the park’s museum, which showcases the natural and cultural heritage of Hinulugang Taktak.

  • Hike through the park’s trails and enjoy scenic views of the waterfall and forest.
  • Have a picnic or relax in the park’s picnic areas and swimming pool.
  • Observe the park’s flora and fauna, including endemic species of trees and birds.
  • Learn about the history and culture of Hinulugang Taktak by visiting the park’s museum.
  • Take photos of the waterfall and the natural beauty of the park.

Daranak Falls Swimming Area

Daranak Falls

Daranak Falls is a natural wonder located in Tanay, Rizal, Philippines. The falls, approximately 14 meters high, are known for their crystal-clear waters and picturesque surroundings. The area is surrounded by lush greenery and towering rock formations, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The falls are part of the Tanay Tourist Route, including popular destinations such as the Calinawan Cave and the Masungi Georeserve.

Visitors to Daranak Falls can enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool, clean waters of the Sierra Madre mountains. The area is also perfect for picnics and outdoor activities, with plenty of spaces for visitors to set up camp and enjoy a barbecue or a picnic lunch. The falls also offer a variety of activities for visitors, including kayaking, bamboo rafting, and hiking. The area is also home to various flora and fauna, including butterflies, birds, and trees endemic to the Philippines.

  • Swim in the falls’ cool and clean waters and enjoy the natural surroundings.
  • Have a picnic or barbecue lunch in the park’s picnic areas.
  • Rent a kayak or bamboo raft and explore the falls from a unique perspective.
  • Hike through the surrounding forests and enjoy the scenic views.
  • Observe the area’s flora and fauna, including endemic species of trees and birds.

Batlag Falls by Jojo Nicdao via Wikimedia cc

Batlag Falls

Discover the hidden paradise of Batlag Falls, nestled deep in the heart of the Sierra Madre mountain range. Enjoy the tranquil ambiance and pristine beauty of this natural gem located in Tanay, Rizal, Philippines.

Take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the 20-meter-high falls, or explore the lush forests and exotic wildlife that thrive in the area. Spend the day picnicking in the park’s picnic areas, set up camp for the night, or go fishing in nearby streams. Batlag Falls offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and experience the tranquility of the great outdoors.

  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters of the falls and enjoy the refreshing coolness.
  • Hike through the surrounding forests and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
  • Set up camp and spend the night under the stars.
  • Go fishing in the nearby streams and catch your own dinner.

Tinipak River Spring by Jsinglador via Wikimedia cc

Tinipak River

Tucked away in the town of Tanay, Rizal lies the stunning Tinipak River – an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. With its crystal-clear waters, pristine surroundings, and unique rock formations, it’s no wonder why Tinipak River is one of the most sought-after destinations in the Philippines. From swimming and rock climbing to hiking and camping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The area is also home to a variety of flora and fauna, including rare bird species and plants endemic to the Philippines. Plus, the river is part of the Mt. Daraitan trail, which includes other popular destinations such as the Tinipak Cave and the summit of Mt. Daraitan. Whether you’re looking to cool off in the refreshing waters or test your climbing skills, Tinipak River is the perfect spot to explore and experience the natural beauty of the Philippines.

  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Tinipak River and enjoy the refreshing coolness.
  • Try rock climbing on the surrounding limestone rock formations.
  • Hike through the surrounding forests and observe rare species of birds and plants.
  • Visit the Tinipak Cave and marvel at its unique natural beauty.

Calinawan Cave

For centuries, Calinawan Cave has served as a safe haven for our ancestors in times of danger. It was here, during World War 2, that they realized the importance of fighting for freedom against the enemy, and so it was aptly named “Kalinawan”, meaning “made clear” in English.

This sprawling, multi-leveled cave is part of a larger series of caves in the area, with the first discovery of its existence being made in 1901 by a local resident. During the Philippine-American War, it was used as a refuge for those seeking safety, and later by the Japanese during World War II.

Wawa Dam by Ramon FVelasquez via Wikimedia cc

Visit Wawa Dam in Rodriguez, Rizal

Towering over the Marikina River in Rodriguez, Rizal, the Wawa Dam is an impressive sight to behold. This gravity dam stands 360 meters tall within the Montalban Gorge, or Wawa Gorge, of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

It was once the sole water source for Manila until the Angat Dam was constructed in 1968, leaving the Wawa Dam abandoned. Recently, there have been calls to reuse the dam as Metro Manila struggles with water shortages. Fortunately, the dam and surrounding area are now protected as part of the Pamitinan Protected Landscape.

Art and Culture

Rizal Province is known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant art scene. Visitors can explore various museums, art galleries, and cultural landmarks to learn about the history and traditions of the Filipino people.

Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo City

Pinto Art Museum

Discover the vibrant and diverse contemporary art scene of the Philippines at the Pinto Art Museum ! Located in the tranquil town of Antipolo, Rizal, this Mediterranean-style complex is the perfect place to explore the works of prominent Filipino artists like Elmer Borlongan, Ronald Ventura, and Nona Garcia. From paintings and sculptures to installations and mixed media works, the museum’s collection reflects the country’s social, cultural, and political issues.

Take a stroll through the lush gardens and admire the variety of indigenous plants and trees, fountains, ponds, and sculptures. Don’t miss the regular exhibitions, workshops, and events that promote Philippine art development and appreciation. Make your visit to the Pinto Art Museum an immersive experience that celebrates the creativity and cultural richness of the Philippines!

  • Explore the galleries and exhibits showcasing contemporary Philippine art.
  • Enjoy the serene and tranquil atmosphere of the museum’s gardens.
  • Attend art workshops, exhibitions, and events.
  • Take photos of the museum’s unique architecture and outdoor sculptures.
  • Shop for art souvenirs and memorabilia at the museum’s gift shop.

Blanco Family Museum by Judgefloro via Wikimedia cc

Blanco Family Museum

The Blanco Family Museum is a one-of-a-kind treasure trove of art, showcasing the works of the renowned painter Jose “Pitok” Blanco, his wife, and their seven talented children. For a small fee, visitors can explore the museum’s galleries and marvel at the stunning works created by the Blanco family, ranging from depictions of rural life to traditional Filipino rituals.

With special discounts available for seniors, it’s a great opportunity to appreciate the incredible artistic legacy of the Blanco family.

Nemiranda Arthouse and Gallery photo via FB page

Nemiranda Arthouse and Gallery

Nemesio “Nemi” R. Miranda Jr., also known as Nemiranda, is a renowned Filipino painter and sculptor born on February 14, 1949 in Angono, Rizal. From a young age, he was captivated by the works of Francisco Coching and Botong Francisco. At the age of 15, he won first place in Shankar’s International Competition in Painting in New Delhi, India.

He went on to hone his skills under the supervision of Miguel Galvez at Mabini, where he met and learned from iconic Filipino artists such as Vicente Manansala, Federico Gonzales, and Paco Gorospe.

In 1970, Miranda graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and is now widely recognized as the forerunner of the art form “Imaginative Figurism”. He is also the father of modern artist Keiye Miranda.

Carlos Botong Francisco Museum

Botong Francisco’s Ancestral House

Step inside Botong Francisco’s Ancestral House and journey back in time to the life and works of one of the Philippines’ most celebrated artists. Explore his studio, kept in its original state, and view some of his original works.

Discover a collection of memorabilia, including photographs, letters, and personal belongings of the artist, that will transport you to a deeper understanding of his life and legacy. Admire the traditional Philippine architecture, including hardwood floors, wooden furniture, and intricate carvings, as you take in the beauty of this historic home located in the heart of Angono, Rizal.

  • Explore the life and works of Carlos “Botong” Francisco, a prominent Filipino artist.
  • Visit the artist’s studio, which has been preserved in its original state.
  • View some of Botong Francisco’s original works, including his famous murals.
  • Learn about the artist’s life and legacy through a collection of memorabilia and personal belongings.
  • Appreciate the traditional Philippine architecture of the house, featuring hardwood floors, wooden furniture, and intricate carvings.

Wall Art in Angono's Art District

Angono Mural Street

This picturesque street is lined with eye-catching murals, painted by local artists, that tell the stories of Philippine history, culture, and traditions. As you wander the street, you can admire the mix of traditional and contemporary styles, from depictions of the natural beauty of the Philippines to important moments in history.

Don’t forget to take a break and sample some of the delicious local cuisine at one of the cafes or restaurants that line the street! Angono Mural Street is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore the culture of the Philippines.

  • Take a leisurely stroll along Angono Mural Street and admire the colorful murals painted by local artists.
  • Learn about Philippine culture, history, and traditions through the beautiful artwork on display.
  • Take photos with vibrant and unique murals as a backdrop.
  • Visit the cafes and restaurants along the street and enjoy some local cuisine.
  • Appreciate the creativity and talent of local artists and the unique character of Angono, Rizal.

Adventure Activities

Rizal Province is a haven for adventure enthusiasts. The province’s diverse landscape offers various exciting activities for tourists to enjoy. From hiking to camping, Rizal has it all.

At Mt. Daraitan Summit

Hiking Mt. Daraitan

Mt. Daraitan is a popular hiking destination located in the town of Tanay, Rizal, Philippines. It is part of the Sierra Madre mountain range and stands at 739 meters above sea level. The mountain offers visitors a challenging yet rewarding hiking experience, with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape from the summit. The trail leading to the summit is also known for its unique features, including a limestone rock formation known as the Tinipak River and a natural pool known as the Tinipak Cave.

Visitors to Mt. Daraitan can enjoy various outdoor activities, from hiking and camping to swimming and rock climbing. The Tinipak River and Tinipak Cave offer a refreshing respite from the heat of the day, with cool, clear waters perfect for swimming and relaxing. The surrounding forests are also home to diverse flora and fauna, including rare bird species and plants endemic to the Philippines. Mt. Daraitan is a must-visit destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers looking to experience the natural beauty of the Philippines.

  • Hike to the summit of Mt. Daraitan and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Visit the Tinipak River and Tinipak Cave for a refreshing swim in cool, clear waters.
  • Explore the surrounding forests and observe rare species of birds and plants.
  • Try your hand at rock climbing on limestone rock formations.  

Wildlife and Nature Reserves

Rizal is home to several wildlife and nature reserves that allow visitors to experience the province’s natural beauty. These reserves are perfect for nature lovers and adventure seekers who want to explore Rizal’s lush greenery and diverse wildlife.

Masungi Georeserve photo via FB Page

Masungi Georeserve

Discover the wonders of nature at Masungi Georeserve , a 1,500 hectare nature reserve nestled in the southern part of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Rizal, Philippines. Home to over 300 species of plants and 196 species of birds, the reserve is known for its unique rock formations, believed to have been a coral reef millions of years ago. Experience a wide range of activities and experiences that showcase the beauty of nature, including the Discovery Trail, a two to three-hour trek that takes visitors through the reserve’s forests and rock formations.

Along the way, visitors can observe the unique flora and fauna of the area, including the Philippine eagle, one of the largest birds of prey in the world. The trail also features a series of hanging bridges, view decks, and rope courses that offer breathtaking views of the reserve’s rugged terrain. For an even more immersive experience, visitors can opt for a night trail experience to explore the reserve’s nocturnal wildlife and enjoy the starry night sky. Other activities at Masungi Georeserve include camping, birdwatching, and tree planting, all of which allow visitors to connect with nature and contribute to preserving the reserve’s ecosystem.

Things to do:  

  • Go on a guided tour of the georeserve and explore the unique rock formations, caves, and hiking trails.
  • Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Sierra Madre mountains and the Laguna de Bay.
  • Learn about the geology, flora, and fauna of the georeserve and the importance of conservation efforts to protect the environment.
  • Participate in conservation efforts by planting trees and other eco-friendly activities.
  • Experience the adrenaline rush of the rope courses and swings, such as the spider web, hanging bridge, and the duyan (a giant hammock).
  • Take photographs of the scenic views and the unique rock formations, such as the giant spider web and the sapot (a giant web-like structure).
  • Enjoy a picnic or a meal at the Silayan Dining Room, a sustainable restaurant that offers farm-to-table meals made from locally sourced ingredients.

Address: Kilometer 47 Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal, Philippines, 1970, Marcos Highway, Baras, 1970 Rizal Phone: 0908 888 7002 Entrance Fee: PHP 1,500 per person during the week and PHP 1,800 over the weekend

The map of Mount Purro Nature Reserve. To get everyone know where to go, what to do, etc. This welcomes you upon entering. © Jaypee Maristaza

Mount Purro Nature Reserve

Tucked away in the picturesque landscape of Rizal lies Mount Purro Nature Reserve (MPNR), a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With its lush forests, cascading waterfall, and vibrant butterfly garden, MPNR is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful hike, a refreshing swim, or a cozy camping spot, MPNR has something for everyone. Founded by Toto Malvar, MPNR is a testament to his dedication to his family’s values of humility and philanthropy.

Accommodations range from rustic camping sites to luxurious cottages, so you can find the perfect way to experience MPNR’s wonders. Come and explore the wonders of MPNR today!

  • Location: Purok 5, Barangay Calawis, Antipolo City
  • Operating hours: 9:00 am – 5:00pm (Weekdays)
  • Rate: Prices start from Php750/pax
  • Contact Nos. 542 3005/0908 881 2701/0949 398 1799
  • Website:  Mount Purro Nature Reserve

Avilon Zoo photo via FB page

Visit Avilon Zoo

For those who love animals, Rizal is a paradise, offering a chance to get up close and personal with a variety of species. Avilon Zoo, located in Rodriguez, Rizal, is one of the most popular zoos in the province, boasting over 3,000 animals, including tigers, lions, and bears.

But that’s not all – visitors can also catch a glimpse of rare and endangered species, such as the Philippine eagle and the Philippine crocodile. This 7.5 hectare facility is home to more than 500 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fishes, and invertebrates.

In fact, Avilon Zoo has even successfully bred Gray’s monitor lizard (Varanus olivaceus) or “butaan” ex situ (in captivity). The first documented V. olivaceus successfully hatched and reared in captivity was a female named Grasya – a truly remarkable feat.

Religious Sites

Rizal Province is home to several popular religious sites among locals and tourists. Here are some of the most notable ones:

Antipolo Cathedral by Urbanroamer via Wikipedia CC

Visit Antipolo Cathedral

The Antipolo Cathedral, also known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, is a popular pilgrimage site in Rizal. It is located in the heart of Antipolo City and is known for its stunning architecture and rich history. The cathedral is dedicated to the patroness of Antipolo, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, and is a must-visit for those seeking spiritual enlightenment.

One of the most famous landmarks in Rizal is the Antipolo Cathedral. Also known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, the cathedral dates back to the early 17th century. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics, who come to pay their respects to the Virgin Mary.

Tanay Church by Judgefloro via Wikimedia cc

Visit Tanay Church

For centuries, the Tanay Church has stood proudly in Tanay, Rizal Province in the Philippines. Construction of the present church began in 1773 and was completed a decade later in 1783.

It was declared a National Cultural Treasure Church by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2001. It is one of the seven Jubilee churches of the Diocese of Antipolo. It is believed to have been built on the site of a church constructed in 1678 by Fr. Pedro de Espallargas. Natural calamities sadly destroyed it in 1680 after its first mass was celebrated on April 20th.

Today, the Tanay Church is known as Saint Ildefonsus of Toledo Parish Church and continues to be a beacon of faith and history for generations to come.

Regina Rica in Tanay

Regina Rica

Perched atop a hilltop in Tanay, Rizal stands the majestic 71-ft. high statue of Our Lady of Regina Rica, a sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. This awe-inspiring work of art was created by the renowned artist/sculptor, Jose “Jojo” Barcena Jr., and is the centerpiece of the Regina RICA complex.

Regina RICA , an acronym for “Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia”, is a religious institution established by the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii and their lay partners to promote a new way of living a contemplative and green lifestyle in consonance with the apostolic ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii.

The Regina RICA Foundation, Inc. was approved by the SEC as a non-stock, non-profit organization on November 17, 2011. The 13.5-hectare rolling hills complex is a true testament to the power of faith and art in creating a spiritual haven.

Taytay Church by Urbanroamer via Wikimedia cc

St. John the Baptist Parish Church in Taytay

In 1579, Franciscan missionaries arrived in Taytay to establish a parish. They built a chapel near the shores of Laguna de Bay, named “Visita de Sta. Ana de Sapa,” and dedicated it to its patron saint, John the Baptist. However, it wasn’t long before Jesuit missionaries took over in 1591, Rev Pedro Chirino becoming the new parish priest.

To protect the parish from the frequent floods of Laguna de Bay, Chirino relocated it to a higher location on a hill called San Juan del Monte, where it has remained ever since. During his time as parish priest, Chirino also documented the Tagalog language and the way of life of Filipinos, forming the basis for his book “Relación de las Islas Filipinas”.

A new church made of stone was built in 1599 and completed in 1601, making it the first church built by the Jesuits out of stone outside Manila. However, a typhoon blew its roofing away in 1632, but the townspeople helped to replace it. Despite this, the church sustained significant damage in 1639 when the Chinese set fire to it during their revolt against Spanish authorities.

The Canonically Crowned Image of Our Lady of Aránzazu is brought out from the shrine for a procession. by Alamat123456 via Wikimedia cc

Our Lady of Aranzazu Parish Church in San Mateo

The miraculous image of Our Lady of Aránzazu, venerated in San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines, has long been revered for its claims of miraculous healing and protection from floods. Despite the controversy surrounding the original image in Oñati, Spain, which is seated, the image in the Philippines has remained standing. In 2016, Pope Francis granted a pontifical decree of canonical coronation, and the coronation was celebrated on 31 May 2017.

Unique Experiences

Rizal province offers unique experiences that cater to different types of travelers. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature lover, a culture enthusiast, or a wellness junkie, there’s something for you in this province. Here are some of the unique experiences you can have in Rizal:

Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort in Antipolo via FB Page

Panoramic Views at Cloud 9

Take in the breathtaking views of Metro Manila’s skyline from Cloud 9 in Antipolo City ! For just ?50 per person, you can access the 360-degree view deck and marvel at the city’s lights, whether it’s day or night. Watch in awe as the sun rises and sets over the city skyline, and enjoy the unforgettable experience of this popular spot!

ATV Adventures Rizal photo via FB Page

ATV Adventure Rizal

For the ultimate outdoor experience, join ATV Adventure and explore the rugged terrain of Rizal, Philippines! From rocky trails to scenic overlooks, ATV Adventure offers an adrenaline-filled journey through the breathtaking Philippine landscape.

Choose from one-hour rides to full-day excursions that take you through remote villages and the beautiful countryside, all with the guidance of experienced guides. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a first-time adventurer, ATV Adventure is the perfect activity for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Don’t miss out on the chance to explore Rizal in an exciting and unique way – join ATV Adventure today!

  • Embark on an exciting ATV adventure through the rugged terrain of Rizal.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Philippine landscape, including remote villages and beautiful countryside.
  • Choose from various packages, including short one-hour rides or full-day excursions.
  • Experience the thrill of riding an all-terrain vehicle while enjoying the beauty of nature.
  • Learn about the local culture and history from experienced guides who provide insight and commentary throughout the trip.

Address: Purok 1 Brangay San Juan Sapinit Road, Antipolo Rizal, Antipolo, Philippines Contact Number: 0908 894 0771 Email: [email protected] Website: atvadventuresrizal.com

Paintball Battleground

Experience the thrill of Paintball Battleground in Antipolo Rizal, Philippines! This high-intensity game is an exciting and competitive team sport, played with paintball guns that shoot capsules filled with non-toxic paint. Strategically eliminate your opponents and be the last team standing! Paintball Battleground offers a safe and fun environment to enjoy this adrenaline-pumping activity with friends, family, or colleagues.

Choose from various packages, including solo and group play, birthday and corporate events, and special themed games. All necessary equipment, including paintball guns, protective gear, and paintballs, is provided to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants. Whether you’re looking for a unique and exciting experience, team building, or just a fun way to bond with friends and family, Paintball Battleground is the perfect activity for you!

  • Engage in an exciting paintball game with friends, family, or colleagues.
  • Choose from various packages, including solo and group play, themed games, and corporate events.
  • Enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting of Rizal, Philippines, while getting a little exercise.
  • Learn teamwork, communication, and strategic planning skills while playing paintball.
  • Bond with friends and family or build relationships with colleagues through this fun and competitive team sport.

Manmade Wonders

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Pililla Wind Farm

Explore the stunning beauty of Pililla, Rizal and discover the power of renewable energy! Pililla Wind Farm is an awe-inspiring attraction, home to 27 enormous wind turbines standing at a staggering 125 meters each, with a capacity of 67.5 MW. Get up close to the majestic turbines and learn about the history and technology behind wind power and its importance in sustainable development.

Take in the breathtaking views of Laguna de Bay and the surrounding mountains, or enjoy some outdoor activities, such as hiking and picnicking, with several viewpoints offering panoramic views of the landscape. Whether you’re a tourist or local, Pililla Wind Farm is an incredible destination that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for renewable energy.

  • Take a guided wind farm tour and learn about renewable energy technology.
  • Admire the stunning views of Laguna de Bay and the surrounding mountains from the viewpoints.
  • Enjoy a leisurely picnic in the park’s picnic areas.
  • Take a scenic drive through the winding roads leading to the wind farm.

Staycation and Wellness

Sunset at Luljettas Hanging Gardens Spa photo via FB Page

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is a luxurious wellness retreat in Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines. It is nestled in a lush tropical forest and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the city of Manila. The spa is known for its unique combination of traditional Filipino healing techniques and modern wellness practices designed to promote relaxation and rejuvenation. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is the perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and indulge in a little self-care.

Visitors to Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa can enjoy a range of spa treatments, from massages and facials to body scrubs and hydrotherapy baths. The spa is also home to several pools, including a heated infinity pool and a hydro-massage pool, perfect for relaxing and unwinding. The surrounding gardens offer a peaceful retreat, with several relaxation areas providing stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to indulge in a little self-care and experience the healing power of nature.

  • Indulge in various spa treatments, including massages, facials, and body scrubs.
  • Relax in the heated infinity pool or the hydro-massage pool.
  • Explore the surrounding gardens and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Enjoy a delicious and healthy meal at the spa’s restaurant, which serves a range of vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Attend a yoga or meditation class to promote relaxation and inner peace.

Local Delicacies

Rizal province is not only known for its natural wonders and tourist spots but also for its delicious local delicacies. Here are some must-try dishes when visiting the province:

Suman, Kasoy at iba pa

Suman is a popular Filipino delicacy made of glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in coconut milk. In Rizal, there are different varieties of suman, including suman sa lihiya, suman sa ibos, and suman sa antala. Suman sa lihiya is made with lye water, giving it a distinct yellow color and a slightly bitter taste. Suman sa ibos, on the other hand, is wrapped in young coconut leaves and has a sweet and nutty flavor. Suman sa antala is a unique type of suman made with cassava and coconut milk.

Antipolo’s roasted cashew nuts, or “kasoy,” is another famous delicacy. Not only is it renowned for being one of the best-tasting cashew nuts in the country, but it’s also known as a popular “pasalubong” – a gift brought home from a trip. Despite its high price tag, it remains a popular purchase, proving that it’s worth every penny. It’s said that the name “kasoy” is derived from the Portuguese “acaju,” “acajuiba,” or “cajueiro,” based on Doreen Fernandez’s book, “Fruits of the Philippines.” If you’re looking for the ultimate cashew nut experience, Antipolo’s “kasoy” is the way to go.

Travel Information

When planning a trip to Rizal Province, it is important to consider the itinerary, transportation options, and accommodation recommendations. Rizal is a popular weekend getaway destination for travelers from Metro Manila, offering a variety of activities and attractions for visitors.

Transportation Options

There are several transportation options available for those traveling to Rizal. The most common method is by private car, as Rizal is easily accessible from Metro Manila via major highways. Alternatively, public transportation options include buses and jeepneys, which can be found in various points in Metro Manila.

Private transportation services and rental cars are also available for those looking for a more convenient option. Travelers can also book guided tours, including transportation to and from Rizal tourist spots.

Accommodation Recommendations

Rizal offers a variety of accommodation options for travelers, ranging from budget-friendly hotels to luxury resorts. Some popular options include Thunderbird Resorts and Casino, Mount Purro Nature Reserve, and Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa.

Several homestay options are available in Rizal for those looking for a more unique experience. These offer a more authentic experience and the chance to interact with locals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some popular tourist spots in rizal province.

Rizal province has several popular tourist spots catering to different interests. Some of the most popular ones include Mount Daraitan and Tinipak River, Pinto Art Museum, Masungi Georeserve, Hinulugang Taktak, and Avilon Zoo. These attractions offer breathtaking views, art exhibits, outdoor activities, and wildlife encounters.

Where can I find an overlooking view in Rizal?

For those seeking an overlooking view, Rizal province has several options to choose from. Some of the best places to visit include Cloud 9 in Antipolo, the Pililla Wind Farm, and the Masungi Georeserve. These spots offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

What are some recommended places to visit in Rizal for couples?

Rizal province offers several romantic destinations for couples. Some of the most recommended places to visit include Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa, Mount Purro Nature Reserve, and Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs. These locations offer a relaxing atmosphere, scenic views, and a chance to connect with nature.

What are some fun activities to do in Rizal for families?

Rizal province has plenty of fun activities for families to enjoy. Some of the best options include visiting the Avilon Zoo, exploring the Wawa Dam, hiking at Mount Pamitinan and Mount Binicayan, and swimming at Daranak Falls. These activities provide a great opportunity for families to bond and create lasting memories.

Where can I go for a road trip in Tanay, Rizal?

Tanay, Rizal is a great destination for a road trip. Some of the best places to visit include the Calinawan Cave, the Daranak Falls, and the Masungi Georeserve. These spots offer scenic drives and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

What is Rizal province best known for?

Rizal province is best known for its natural beauty, cultural heritage, and artistic expression. It is home to several scenic destinations, including mountains, waterfalls, and rivers. The province also has a rich history, with sites like the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs. Additionally, Rizal is known for its thriving art scene, with museums and galleries showcasing local talent.

Rizal Province is a hidden gem in the Philippines that offers diverse tourist spots and activities for all types of travelers. Rizal has something for everyone, from scenic mountains, waterfalls, and rivers to historical landmarks, museums, and cultural attractions.

With its proximity to Manila and easy accessibility, Rizal Province is an excellent destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Whether you are a nature lover, a history buff, or simply looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Rizal Province has a lot of tourist spots waiting to be explored.

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Top 32 Rizal Tourist Spots to See including Rivers and Peaks

What are the can’t-miss Rizal tourist spots that every avid adventurer should visit?  Find out more on this comprehensive article. We also included the best things to do in Rizal including the remote places to see.

Rizal Province in CALABARZON Region is a favorite weekend getaway of tourists coming from Manila. In just an hour or less, one can reach many of its natural, historical and cultural destinations.

As the ecotourism industry grows, more and more of Rizal’s hidden gems are slowly hitting the spotlight. From cascading waterfalls, lush forests, panoramic mountains views, to historic ridges, pristine rivers, and stunning sunrise views, Rizal is indeed a paradise for nature lovers.

In this comprehensive article, we list not only the popular tourist attractions in Rizal but also its off-beaten destinations. 

Here we go.

1. Masungi Georeserve

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If you’re chasing for fun, adventure, and thrill all rolled into one, Masungi Georeserve should make up to your bucket list. It’s a top Rizal tourist spot, and because of very high demand, you need to reserve your slot a month or two in advance.

Masungi Georeserve offers you a memorable trek into the Sierra Madre wilderness and chance on unique flora and fauna species. Then, you’ll come close to close to massive limestone rock formations clad in lush vegetation.

What makes this attraction in Rizal unique are the different rope trails you can walk through as you relish the breathtaking views.

  • L ocation/Jump-off: Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal province
  • Conservation Fee: Php 1,800 per person on weekends, Php 1,500 per pax on weekdays

2. Mount Sinai

Oops. This isn’t in the Middle East but somewhere in Rizal. But why did the locals refer to the mountain as such? Well, it’s because it hosts what used to be the world’s Largest Ten Commandments Stone Tablet Scripture.

From here, you’ll get jaw-dropping views of the vast Sierra Madre mountain range. It is one of the emerging tourist destinations in Rizal.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Mateo

3. Daranak Falls

Daranak Falls is one of the top tourist spots/destinations in Rizal Province.

Daranak Falls is one of the most iconic Tanay, Rizal tourist spots, owing to its accessibility and laid-back setting. Both locals and tourists especially nature-lovers, frequent here because of the rustic environment.

The falls measures around 20 meters high and cascades on a beautiful pool with turquoise waters. Lust forests surround Daranak Falls, giving it an enchanting view.

You can jump or dive from one of the surrounding cliffs or boulders towards the deep pool.

  • Location/Jump-off: Tanay
  • Entrance Fee: Php 50 per person

4. Calinawan Cave

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If you want more after enjoying Daranak Falls, then check out Calinawan Cave. It is just a 20-minute drive from the falls. Prepare to be amazed by jaw-dropping stalactite and stalagmite rock formations inside.

Some formations, however, lost their glory because of human activities. Hopefully, the local authorities will revitalize measures to protect the cave. It’s also one of the emerging tourist spots in Tanay, Rizal.

  • Location/Jump-off: Tanay, Rizal Province

5. Mt Parawagan

Mt Parawagan is an ideal mountain for newbie hikers. It has well-established trails that run on gentle terrains. Many hikers started their training here before climbing more difficult mountains in the Philippines and elsewhere.

From the summit of Mt Parawagan, you’ll get panoramic views of Metro Manila and the varied landscapes of Wawa.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sitio Wawa, Rodriguez

6. Inday Nelly’s Mystical Cave

Local stories have it that the cave has healing powers because inside, you’ll find rock formations depicting religious or mystical figures. It is named after Inday Nelly, who popularized the cave.

But whether you’re into spirituality or not, you should check out the beautiful stalactite and stalagmite rock formations inside.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sitio Boso-boso, Brgy San Jose, Rizal Province
  • Entrance Fee: Php 40

7. Batlag Falls

Batlag Falls is one of the top tourist spots/destinations in Rizal Province.

Batlag Falls is one of the off-beaten tourist spots/destinations in Rizal. Although it’s not as grand, the pristine beauty of it makes up to a fulfilling adventure. It also has a natural pool where you can have a refreshing swim.

If you’re into less touristy destinations in Rizal, you should come here and relish the pristine wilderness.

  • Entrance Fee: Php 100

8. Mount Daraitan

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If your feet are aching you for an adventure, then trek your way to Mount Daraitan . From its summit, you’ll glimpse at breathtaking views of the Sierra Madre, the longest mountain range in the Philippines.

If you’re lucky, you’ll glimpse of the breathtaking sea of clouds carpeting the mountainsides. The mountain is also rich with flora and fauna and it is one of the province’s protected landscapes. Help protect and preserve the mountain by leaving no garbage behind and refraining from picking flowers or orchids.

You’ll also catch sight of the beautiful Daraitan River snaking its way among the lush mountains. Massive limestone rock formations abound in every direction, and you can chance on exotic flora species on the trail.

9. Tinipak River

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Some hikers to Mt Daraitan brave a challenging traverse to Tinipak River, one of the most pristine tourist spots in Rizal. Aside from the turquoise waters emanating from the abundant forests upstream, the river has stunning limestone rock formations.

There are multiple pools where you can have a rejuvenating swim. Today, the proposed Mega-Kaliwa dam is threatening the river and its biodiversity.

Hopefully, concerted efforts will lead to the project’s cancellation, especially that the surrounding forest is one of the province’s ecological frontiers.

10. Tinipak Cave

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Before or after swimming or viewing Tinipak River, you can proceed to Tinipak Cave, one of the many found in Rizal. Inside, you’ll find stunning stalactite and stalagmite rock formations.

While you’re here, get creative at what the various rocks represent. Bats also inhabit some parts of the cave, indicating the rich biodiversity. There is also a running stream with pockets of pools.

11. Palo-Alto Falls

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Palo Alto Falls is one of the emerging tourist spots in Baras, Rizal, nestled on a 200-hectare residential estate. It measures around 60 meters high and cascades on a circular pool with entrancing, turquoise waters.

The waters emanate from pristine forests upstream, home to different wildlife. There are basic amenities you can rent, such as cottages, grilling areas, and picnic tables. Palo-Alto Falls makes up for an excellent family weekend getaway.

  • Location/Jump-off: Baras
  • Entrance Fee: Php 100 per person

12. Mt Tagapo

Mt Tagapo is one of the top tourist spots/destinations in Rizal Province.

Mt Tagapo is another hiking tourist attraction in Rizal that is ideal for beginners. You can easily assault its grass-covered summit in less than an hour. From here, you’ll catch sight of the vast Laguna de Bay and the surrounding mountain ranges and plains. 

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Janosa, Binangonan
  • Guide Fee: Php 400 for a group with a maximum pax of 4

13. Sangab Cave

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Sangab Cave is also another off-beaten Rizal tourist spot. It’s a mystical cave hidden amidst green vegetation. Not only will you enjoy the limestone rock formations inside but also get to relish the beauty of the surrounding forest.

That is home to a variety of wildlife species, including flora wonders that will satisfy your quest for an adventure.

14. Mt Nagpatong

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Mt Nagpatong is known for a massive limestone rock formation standing on its summit. You can climb it to catch better views of the surrounding landscapes.

It’s also a good viewpoint for glimpsing of the sunrise and the sea of clouds. If you want to see these, start trekking by 4 AM. Mt Nagpatong is one of the most frequented hiking tourist spots in Rizal.

  • Registration Fee: Php 100 per person
  • Guide Fee: Php 500 for a group with a maximum pax of 5
  • Trekking Time: 2 hours

15. Hinulugang Taktak Falls

Hinulugang Taktak Falls is one of the top tourist spots/destinations in Rizal Province.

Hinulugang Taktak Falls used to be a magnificent wonder with pure and crystal-clear waters, creating rainbows. But the growth of settlements upstream has caused the gradual deterioration of the river feeding the falls.

That has rendered it unfit for swimming, so you could only take a picture with it as the background.

Hopefully, the local authorities will continue cleaning the river and addressing pollution sources to bring it back to its former beauty and bounty.

  • Location/Jump-off: Taktak Road, Antipolo, 1870
  • Entrance Fee: Php 30 (Adults), Php 15 (Students), Php 100 (Foreigner)

16. Angono Forest Park

Angono Forest Park is one of the remaining natural reserves in Rizal and one of its off-beaten tourist spots. As you explore it, you’ll chance on a variety of endangered species such as wild pigs, snakes, and wild ducks. Plus, you’ll get to see orchids and other blooming flowers.

This is a must-see tourist destination in Rizal if you’re chasing extreme adventure or thrill. There is no entrance fee. But do donate some amount as that goes a long way in protecting the forest. 

  • Location/Jump-off: Angono, Rizal Province

17. Mt Binacayan

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Another great spot to chance on a mind-blowing view of the sunrise and the sea of clouds is Mt Binacayan. Although it’s generally a minor climb, you still need to prepare as you’ll trail on challenging terrains.

But it’s all worth it as you relish the breathtaking views from the summit. When you do chance on a sea of clouds, you’ll feel like you’re floating among them.

  • Location/Jump-off:  Rodriquez

18. Pamitian Cave

Pamitian Cave is one of the top tourist spots/destinations in Rizal Province.

Pamitian Cave is a walking distance from Wawa Dam; thus, it makes up for a good side trip for adventurers.

Located in the scenic foothills of grand Sierra Madre, the cave is said to be where Bonifacio initiated new members of the Katipunan movement.

Bonifacio is a Filipino hero credited for the liberation of the Philippines from the 300-years of Spanish rule. His charcoal writings on the cave’s wall are still visible up to this day. It’s, therefore, one of the historical tourist spots in Rizal.

  • Location/Jump-off: Rodriguez

19. Tanay Church

Otherwise known as Saint Ildefonsus of Toledo Parish Church, Tanay Church is one of Rizal’s popular pilgrimage sites for Catholics. It houses a bone relic of San Ildefonso.

It’s no wonder why thousands come here to pray every year. The church also boasts of a stunning architecture dating back to the Spanish years.

20. Antipolo Cathedral

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Otherwise called as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Voyage, the Antipolo Cathedral is a recognizable landmark with its iconic dome. It’s a favorite pilgrimage site among Catholics, especially during Holy Week.

The Cathedral has been a witness to significant events and milestones that shaped Rizal province.

  • Location/Jump-off: P. Oliveros Street, Antipolo City
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Mass Schedule: Starts at 5 am
  • Contact Number: (032) 571 7347

21. Boso-Boso Church

Also called The Nuestra Senora de La Annunciata Parish, the Boso-Boso Church is a recognized historical tourist spot in Rizal. Built during the 16th century, the Church survived various calamities, including wars, fires, and earthquakes.

Although in recent years, the church management did some renovations, they still maintain the original design.

  • Location/Jump-off: Old Boso-Boso, Brgy San Jose

22. Regina Rica

Regina Rica is another popular pilgrimage site in Rizal. It has a huge statue of The Virgin Mary with lush landscapes. It’s a perfect place for spiritual seekers or those who want to nourish their faith in God.

Others come here for meditation because of the rustic setting. It’s a must-see site during Catholic holidays such as Holy Week.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sampaloc, Tanay
  • Note: The place is closed on Tuesday.

23. Pinto Art Museum

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Pinto Art Museum is one of the most frequented tourist spots/destinations in Rizal. It boasts of architectural designs and landscapes reminiscent of the Mediterranean region in Europe.

Here, you’ll find six art galleries with fascinating paintings, art installations, and sculptures made from priced materials. Sure, the museum also showcases both modern and old Filipino artworks.

What I love about this museum is that artworks are not enclosed inside glasses. That means you can have a close look at each of them and appreciate the details. Just don’t touch it, please. Oh yes, you can also take pictures unlike in most other museums.

  • Location/Jump-off: 1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights, Antipolo
  • Entrance Fee: Php 200 (adults), Php 180 (senior, PWDs), Php 100 (students)
  • Contact: (032) 697-1015

24. Bahay Na Bato

It’s a building dating back to the Spanish regime; therefore, it features Western architecture as well. As you tour inside, you’ll feel like you’re traveling back to the colonial era and experiencing their daily life.

You’ll learn much about the past culture here and, of course, the rich history.

  • Location/Jump-off: Pilila

25. Casa Santa Museum

If you want another bizarre Christmas experience, then check out Casa Santa Museum, a top tourist spot in Rizal. It displays thousands of Santa Claus motifs and themes coming from various countries. Its collection is one of the most extensive in the world.

You’ll surely love strolling here and seeing the different faces of Santa Claus. Before visiting, however, make sure you set prior arrangements via their website or Facebook Page.

  • Location/Jump-off: 276 San Jose Extension, Brgy San Isidro, Antipolo
  • Fee: starts at Php 180
  • Operating Time: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Contact Number: (02) 584-3199

26. Angono Petroglyphs

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Considered as the oldest of its kind in the Philippines, Angono Petroglyphs gives us a picture of the country’s first inhabitants. It dates back to as far as 3000 B.C.!

If you want to know more about how these ancient people lived and their way of communication, you should come to see these priceless petroglyphs. 

  • Location/Jump-off: Angono

27. Avilon Zoo

I’m not fond of zoos because, generally, this industry has caused the endangerment of a lot of wildlife species.

But there are zoos that have been advocating for wildlife conservation, and some became refuge sites for animals that lost their homes to deforestation and other human activities.

I hope Avilon Zoo is doing that. Thankfully, I heard that the animals there are well taken care of. Still, we hope that they will soon be released to the wild since that is their home.

  • Location/Jump-off: Barrio San Isidro, Rodriguez

28. Nemiranda Arthouse and Gallery

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If you’re an art savvy, you’ll surely find this a perfect escape to your world. Most of the artworks displayed here feature Filipino folklore characters, including gods and unseen spirits.

You’ll learn a lot about the rich stories of the country’s different provinces. Yes, it’s not only the Greeks that have stories about deities.

Our country is rich with such, and this gallery will make you realize that. It’s one of the must-see tourist destinations in Rizal for art lovers.

29. Pililla Wind Farm

Pililla Wind Farm is one of the top tourist spots/destinations in Rizal Province.

You don’t need to travel to Ilocos Norte to glimpse of giant windmills. If you’re coming from Manila, ride your way to Rizal, and you’ll find 27 giant wind turbines scattered on rolling landscapes. Collectively, these power thousands of households in the province.

Personally, this is one of my favorite tourist spots in Rizal because it solidifies the campaign to transition to renewable energy. From here, you can also catch scenic views of Rizal’s plains and the Laguna De Bay. 

  • Location/Jump-off: Pililla, Rizal Province

30. PACEM Eco-Park

PACEM means Peace And CARE For Earth Ministry. It’s one of the best tourist attractions/destinations in Rizal. It features a mini-forest, organic gardens, a butterfly collection, wildlife sanctuaries, and much more. It’s a perfect getaway for those who wish to experience spirituality and serenity.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sumulong Highway
  • Operating Time: 8 AM to 3:30 PM (Monday to Friday), 8:30 AM to 12 PM (Saturday)
  • Contact Number: (02) 696 3274, (02) 697 2354

31. Jala-Jala Sunflower Farm

You’ll not only find the iconic sunflower in the Cordillera mountains but also in Rizal. You’ll surely love taking pictures with the blooming flowers and enjoy the scenic views here. If you want to grow your pots of sunflowers, you can buy seedlings and planting materials here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy San Juan, Jala-Jala, Rizal Province
  • Entrance Fee: Php 20

32. Wawa Dam

Wawa Dam is one of the top tourist spots/destinations in Rizal Province.

Considered one of the oldest dams in the Philippines, the Wawa dam was the first of its kind supplying Manila. With the construction of the Angat dam, however, the Wawa dam has been abandoned.

Today, it’s becoming a tourist attraction in Rizal because of scenic mountain and river views. You can pose on the base of Wawa Falls as the cascading waters give you a rejuvenating massage.

Or try boating with bamboo rafts and swimming on the crystal-clear waters. There are boulders all around, which you can use as diving or jumping platforms.

  • Location/Jump-off: Rodriguez, Rizal Province

For More Information

If you need more information to help in setting up your itinerary to the tourist spots/destinations in Rizal, contact the Provincial Tourism Office via the following:

  • Tel. Number: (02) 8620 2400
  • Office Address: Antipolo City Hall, M. L. Quezon Street, Ynares Center Complex, Antipolo

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Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Rizal Province is a mountainous province just a few hours east of Manila, named after the national hero Jose Rizal. It has become a popular destination for families, groups, and day-trippers seeking a weekend getaway due to its close proximity to the capital and a plethora of attractions.

Rizal’s beautiful mountain landscapes captivate nature enthusiasts with lush forests, towering rock cliffs, and picturesque waterfalls and rivers. Adventure seekers can indulge in the variety of caves and thrilling excursions offered in the province. 

Additionally, Rizal Province is known as the cradle of Philippine art due to its rich history and culture, which has inspired generations of artists. Rizal’s artistic legacy can be traced back to the Spanish colonial era, where local artists used their talents to create religious artwork. Today, the province continues to be a hub for emerging artists, who draw inspiration from the province’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Rizal Province showcases a rich cultural and historical heritage, including museums, churches, and parks.

Whatever your interests, whether it’s a thirst for adventure, a love for nature, or an appreciation of history and culture, Rizal offers something for everyone.

Here are some of the best places that you can visit in this province:

1. Daranak Falls

Daranak Falls - Best places to visit in Rizal

Located at the foothills of the Tanay mountains in Rizal, Daranak Falls is a known tourist attraction celebrated for its serene beauty and awe-inspiring scenery. The waterfall towers at an impressive height of 14 meters, concealed within a verdant canopy of forest trees. It’s an excellent location for nature aficionados and thrill-seekers who relish exploring the great outdoors. Tourists can take a quick dip or opt for a more daring adventure by jumping from the falls. 

Daranak Falls is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Rizal or the surrounding region. Its stunning natural beauty, refreshing waters, and various activities make it a perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend escape.

2. Pililla Windmill Farm

Pililla Windmill Farm - Best places to visit in Rizal

The Pililla Windmill Farm, situated in the town of Pililla within the Rizal province, presents a stunning and magnificent view. The farm features 27 colossal wind turbines atop the rolling hills, generating energy for Manila while also serving as a picturesque attraction that draws tourists to the region. Additionally, visitors can explore hiking trails that showcase the area’s diverse biodiversity. The windmill farm is an ideal destination for those who wish to gain knowledge about renewable energy or simply revel in the captivating scenery of the turbines and the surrounding landscape.

3. Antipolo Cathedral

Antipolo Cathedral - Best places to visit in Rizal

The Antipolo Cathedral is officially recognized as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage as well as the Immaculate Conception Parish. This historical and religious site in Antipolo is particularly well-known as a popular pilgrimage destination during Holy Week. The image is believed to have saved many seafarers and travelers from perilous journeys, and as such, the cathedral has become a pilgrimage site for those seeking safe voyages and successful travels.

Apart from its rich history, the cathedral’s architecture is definitely worth seeing. So if you want to discover what this beautiful place truly offers, make sure to check it out when you can!

4. Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum - Best places to visit in Rizal

The Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, Rizal is a renowned contemporary art museum that features a diverse collection of Philippine contemporary art. The museum is housed in a series of white Mediterranean-style buildings and boasts an attractive array of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, and other art forms.

True to its name, Pinto, which means door in Tagalog, the museum features a grand entrance with Greek-style arches and pillars that lead visitors to the galleries and gardens. Visitors can also enjoy delicious meals and coffee at their on-site restaurant, Cafe Rizal.

The Pinto Art Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone who appreciates art, culture, and nature.

5. Masungi Georeserve

Masungi Georeserve - Best places to visit in Rizal

The Masungi Georeserve, situated in the Sierra Madre mountain range, is a popular and unique outdoor destination for environmental and geology enthusiasts. Its stunning limestone peaks, thriving rainforests, and caves with stalactite and stalagmite formations are perfect for exploring. Visitors can walk on hanging bridges to view the limestone formations from above.

The Sapot, a suspended metal netting, provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the Sierra Madre mountain range and Laguna de Bay. The Duyan, a bamboo house suspended above the tree crowns, is another must-see feature that offers a peaceful resting place for visitors. Walking through the Discovery rope trails while taking in the natural scenery creates an unforgettable adventure, making Masungi Georeserve a must-visit destination in Rizal.

6. Calinawan Cave

Calinawan Cave - Best places to visit in Rizal

Located in Tanay, Rizal, the Calinawan Cave is a series of caves with multiple levels and chambers for exploration. Dating all the way back to World War II, it played a significant role in the Philippines’ fight for independence against colonial rule where it served as a hiding spot and an underground gathering place. Found near Daranak Falls, the cave’s breathtaking stalactite and stalagmite formations, including the impressive “Curtain,” will leave visitors in awe. 

For adventure seekers and history enthusiasts, the Calinawan Cave is a must-visit destination in Rizal.

7. ATV Adventures Rizal

ATV Adventures Rizal - Best places to visit in Rizal

If you are looking for a heart-racing experience, then ATV Adventures is for you! This thrilling activity is available for families, groups, and solo travelers. ATV Adventures Rizal offers different route options that are perfect for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a beginner, plenty of options are available that cater to all levels of experience. A safety briefing and demo will be conducted by an ATV expert so there’s no need for you to worry trying this adventure.

In conclusion, an ATV adventure in Rizal is an exhilarating way to experience the region’s natural beauty. So if you’re looking for an exciting and unforgettable adventure, be sure to add an ATV ride in Rizal to your itinerary.

8. Mount Daraitan

Mount Daraitan - Best places to visit in Rizal

After exploring the Tinipak River, you must take advantage of the chance to head to the summit of Mount Daraitan, which is located within the gorgeous Sierra Madre mountain range. This popular and stunning hiking destination offers breathtaking views of not only the Sierra Madre mountain, but also the Tinipak River, and nearby towns. The hike to the summit takes roughly about 2-3 hours and features steep and rocky terrain, making it a challenging experience for thrill seekers, experienced trekkers, and mountain climbing enthusiasts. Apart from hiking, the mountain offers activities such as camping, rock climbing, and swimming in the Tinipak River. This magnificent mountain spans across the towns of Tanay in Rizal and General Nakar in Quezon province. 

For nature lovers and anyone who seeks to be one with the great outdoors, Mount Daraitan is a must-visit destination in Rizal!

9. Luljetta’s Hanging Garden Spa

Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa - Best places to visit in Rizal

Nestled on the mountainside of Antipolo, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa offers a serene and tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With a breathtaking view of Laguna de Bay and Metro Manila, the spa provides a variety of services that cater to your needs and preferences, including a heated jacuzzi, sauna, hydro-massage pool, and Fish Spa. Indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, body scrubs, and massages, such as the signature “Hilot Kasuyo” full-body massage that utilizes warm coconut oil and traditional Filipino massage techniques. Guests can also take a leisurely stroll through the different gardens, such as the Meditation Garden and the Secret Garden. 

Whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat, solo relaxation, or quality bonding time with loved ones, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is a top-notch destination to consider.

10. Balaw Balaw Specialty Restaurant

Balaw Balaw Restaurant and Art Gallery - Best places to visit in Rizal

Balaw Balaw Restaurant and Art Gallery is a well-known dining destination in Angono. The restaurant specializes in serving flavorful exotic dishes, such as Itik (native duck), ginataang kuhol (snails), nilasing na palaka (frog), alongside other traditional and delicious Filipino cuisines. If you are adventurous and up to a more challenging dining experience, then you must try Soup no.5., This soup is made from bull’s testicles and is said to have an aphrodisiac effect.

In addition to the food, the establishment also houses an art gallery that showcases the works of local artists. The restaurant’s unique combination of food and art has made it a popular destination for both locals and tourists looking to experience the rich culture of the Philippines.

11. Higantes Festival

Higantes Festival Angono - Best places to visit in Rizal

Here’s another reason to visit and experience another side of Angono!

The Higantes Festival in Angono is an annual two-week celebration that honors San Clemente, the patron saint of fishermen, during the town fiesta in the month of November. The festival is renowned for its towering paper-mâché puppets, called “Higantes,” which can reach up to 12 feet in height and represent various barangays or neighborhoods in the town. These magnificent Higantes are paraded through the streets accompanied by lively music and enthusiastic crowds, creating an unforgettable experience for anyone interested in immersing themselves in the vibrant cultural heritage of the Philippines.

12. Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort

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To take in the breathtaking views of Antipolo City, look no further than the Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort, situated in the province’s capital. Its star attraction is the 360-degree View Deck, perched atop a towering building that can only be accessed via a hanging bridge connected to a smaller building. Once at the deck, visitors are treated to a stunning panoramic view of the cityscape, perfect for a late afternoon visit to witness the sunset.

Aside from the View Deck, the resort’s metal walkway is another highlight for visitors to savor. The railings are adorned with flourishing plants, creating a leafy tunnel and making it a popular spot for taking photos.

13. Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

Angono Binangonan Petroglyphs - Best places to visit in Rizal

The Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs, located in Rizal, are a truly significant archaeological find with a rich history. These rock carvings, created over 5,000 years ago, offer insight into the lives of our prehistoric ancestors. Comprising over 127 distinct carvings, the petroglyphs depict a variety of animals, human figures, and geometric designs that may have been linked to magic and healing practices of the early Filipinos.

Although these carvings are believed to date all the way back to the Neolithic era, they were only discovered in the 1960s by the National Museum of the Philippines. Considered as one of the oldest forms of rock art in Southeast Asia, the petroglyphs are included on the National Culture Treasure list of the Philippines and the World Inventory of Rock Art. The Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs have also been identified as one of the most at-risk historical sites in the world by the World Monuments Watch.

Rizal is a fantastic destination that caters to all types of travelers. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or an action-packed and exciting adventure, Rizal has it all. 

In conclusion, Rizal Province is a fantastic destination that offers visitors a diverse range of attractions and activities. From natural wonders to historic sites and exciting outdoor adventures, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, the province’s proximity to Metro Manila makes it easily accessible for a quick day trip or a longer stay. With its stunning scenery, rich culture, and warm hospitality, Rizal Province is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore the beauty of the Philippines. Come and experience the best that this beautiful province has to offer. Everything you need for an unforgettable vacation is right here in Rizal!

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Top 20 Rizal Tourist Spots

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Masungi Georeserve mountains and forest canopies.

Explore the diverse beauty of Rizal tourist spots. Just east of Metro Manila, this province in CALABARZON or Region IVA prides itself with stunning landscapes, artistic hubs, and rich cultural heritage, Rizal offers a wide array of attractions and activities for every traveler.

Here are the top 20 must-visit tourist spots in Rizal.

1. Daranak Falls

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Daranak Falls, a 14-meter-high waterfall located in Tanay. Its cool, clear waters and lush surroundings make it a perfect destination for a refreshing swim and a relaxing picnic.

2. Pililla Wind Farm

Witness the majesty of wind turbines up close at Pililla Wind Farm. Enjoy the breathtaking view of Laguna de Bay and the surrounding mountains while learning about renewable energy.

3. Masungi Georeserve

Embark on an eco-adventure at this conservation area in Baras. Traverse its unique karst landscape, limestone formations, and lush rainforest through a series of rope courses and hanging bridges.

4. Antipolo Cathedral

Also known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Antipolo Cathedral is a popular pilgrimage site. Its stunning architecture and religious significance make it a must-visit when in Antipolo City.

5. ArtSector Gallery and Chimney Café 360

Located in Binangonan, this art gallery and café offer a unique blend of contemporary art, delicious food, and a panoramic view of Laguna de Bay. It's a perfect destination for art enthusiasts and foodies alike.

6. Hinulugang Taktak

Visit this iconic waterfall in Antipolo City, which has been a popular destination since the Spanish colonial era. Although swimming is not allowed, visitors can enjoy the view from the park's viewing deck and picnic areas.

7. Treasure Mountain

Experience a breathtaking sea of clouds at Treasure Mountain in Tanay. Enjoy the cool breeze, stunning sunrise, and various outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and birdwatching.

8. Mount Purro Nature Reserve

Discover the beauty of this eco-park in Calawis, Antipolo. Explore its lush forest, join guided nature walks, and indulge in various recreational activities like swimming, tree planting, and bonfire gatherings.

9. Angono Petroglyphs

Delve into prehistoric art at the Angono Petroglyphs, the oldest known artworks in the Philippines. These fascinating rock carvings date back to 3,000 BC and are a testament to the rich cultural history of the region.

10. Pinto Art Museum

Explore the world of contemporary Philippine art at this museum in Antipolo City. Set within a beautiful Mediterranean-inspired garden, Pinto Art Museum houses an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and installations.

11. Jardin de Miramar

Stroll through the lush gardens of Jardin de Miramar in Antipolo City, a popular venue for events and photoshoots. Its themed gardens, intricate sculptures, and serene ambiance make for a delightful experience.

12. Calinawan Cave

Explore the historical Calinawan Cave in Tanay, known for its role in the Philippine-American War. Traverse its chambers and marvel at the fascinating rock formations while learning about the cave's rich history.

13. Regina RICA

Find peace and spiritual refuge at this religious sanctuary in Tanay. Regina RICA (Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia) is known for its 71-foot-tall statue of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and its serene prayer areas.

14. Mount Binacayan

Challenge yourself with a hike up Mount Binacayan in Rodriguez, known for its unique limestone rock formations and breathtaking views. The trek may be steep, but the panoramic vista of the Sierra Madre mountain range and the surrounding landscape make it a rewarding experience.

15. Blanco Family Museum

Visit this private museum in Angono, which showcases the works of the Blanco family of artists. The museum features paintings spanning multiple generations, highlighting their distinct styles and artistic evolution.

16. Cloud 9 Antipolo

Experience the thrill of walking on the Cloud 9 360 View Deck in Antipolo City. This hanging bridge offers a breathtaking view of Metro Manila, Laguna de Bay, and the surrounding mountains, making it an ideal spot for photography enthusiasts.

17. Boso Boso Church

Step back in time at the historic Boso Boso Church, also known as Nuestra Señora de la Annunciata Parish Church, in Antipolo City. The church's ruins, dating back to the 17th century, are a fascinating glimpse into the province's past.

18. Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa

Indulge in a luxurious spa experience at Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa in Antipolo City. This tranquil retreat offers a stunning view of the Laguna de Bay and Metro Manila, as well as a range of relaxing treatments and amenities.

19. Wawa Dam

Discover the beauty of Wawa Dam in Rodriguez, a popular destination for picnics, swimming, and boating. Surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and lush greenery, it's a perfect spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

20. Crescent Moon Café and Pottery Studio

Unleash your creativity at Crescent Moon Café and Pottery Studio in Antipolo City. Enjoy a delicious meal in their al fresco dining area before trying your hand at pottery making, guided by skilled artisans.

Frequently Asked Questions about Traveling in Rizal

1. What is the best time to visit Rizal?

Actually, there is no bad time to visit the province. But if you’re asking for the good timing to travel, the best time to visit Rizal is during the dry season, from November to May, when outdoor activities and sightseeing are more enjoyable. However, always check the weather forecast before planning your trip.

2. How do I get to Rizal?

Rizal is easily accessible from Metro Manila by car or public transportation. Numerous buses and jeepneys ply the routes to different towns in the province. The usual public transport connect to Rizal Province from Metro Manila is through the areas of Cubao in Quezon City, in Pasig and in Mandaluyong.

3. Are there accommodations available in Rizal?

Yes, Rizal offers a wide range of accommodations, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury resorts and hotels.

4. What local dishes should I try in Rizal?

Some local dishes to try in Rizal include "kakanin" (rice cakes), "suman" (sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves), and "cashew tarts." Don't forget to taste Rizal's famous "pandesal" (local bread) and "kesong puti" (white cheese).

5. What safety precautions should I take when exploring Rizal's natural attractions?

Always prioritize safety when exploring natural attractions. Stay on designated trails, wear appropriate footwear, bring water and sun protection, and heed local guides' advice.

Uncover the rich history, art, and natural wonders of Rizal tourist spots. Start planning your unforgettable travel to nature, culture and dining in this part of the Philippines.

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Exploring Rizal, Philippines – All the Must-See Tourist Spots & How to Get There

Unwind in Rizal, a serene Philippine destination offering adventure, culture, and natural beauty. Explore mountains, waterfalls, and historical sites.

Nestled in the mountainous terrain of the Philippines lies Rizal, a serene destination offering adventure, leisure, and culture, with hiking trails, caves, waterfalls, and festivities. So whether you're a nature lover, history enthusiast, or seeking a fun getaway with loved ones, a Rizal tourist spot is an ideal destination for you.

Keep reading to unveil the hidden treasures this province has to offer.

What is Rizal & Why is it a Popular Tourist Spot?

Before you explore Rizal, Philippines, you should know a few things. Firstly, Rizal is a first-class province and home to many incredible sights and experiences—from undulating valleys to rolling hills, from pristine lakeshores to caves and waterfalls. It's also known as the Cradle of Philippine Art, boasting many galleries that showcase local artists' works.

The best part? You can get there in just an hour's drive from major commercial districts and centers in Metro Manila!

But why visit Rizal province? Here are the reasons:

Proximity to Manila

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Rizal is conveniently located near Metro Manila, making it an ideal weekend getaway destination for residents of the capital. Also, it is easily accessible by car or public transportation, and tourists have many options for accommodations and restaurants.

Natural Beauty

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Rizal province is known for its stunning natural beauty, including picturesque mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. Some well-known tourist destinations include Mount Daraitan, Tinipak River, and the Masungi Georeserve.

Thrilling Activities

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Rizal province is a great destination for adventure seekers. Visitors can go hiking, rock climbing, caving, and spelunking in the province's scenic mountains and caves. The province is also popular for mountain biking, zip-lining, and water sports like kayaking and rafting.

Cultural Attractions

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Rizal province attractions are famous for having a lot of outdoor activities. And because of that, people tend to overlook the fact that numerous festivals and cultural events are also held throughout the year.

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What are the Best Things to See in Rizal?

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Transport yourself to 1909 and witness the historical dam built to supply water to Manila during American colonial times. Abandoned in 1968, it's now a popular hiking and swimming spot with a stunning waterfall effect. Rent a bamboo cottage to relax by the nearby portion of the cool Marikina River and enjoy the lush landscape.

Angono Binangonan Petroglyphs and Angono Mural Street

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Angono Binangonan Petroglyphs and Angono Mural Street are top artistic attractions in Rizal. The petroglyphs are the oldest art in the Philippines, featuring symbolic engravings, while Angono Mural Street showcases sculptures and murals of Carlos "Botong" V. Francisco's famous paintings, depicting rural life along Doña Aurora Street of Barangay Poblacion Itaas in Angono.

Pinto Art Museum

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The Pinto Art Museum is an open-air exhibition space inside a two-hectare botanical garden in Antipolo City. This gallery was founded in 2010 by Filipino neurologist Dr. Joven Cuanang to share his extensive art collection with the public. It's also one of the popular tourist spots in Rizalthat the young generations visit.

Pililla Wind Farm

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Witness the stunning Pililla Wind Farm, where 27 giant wind turbines stand tall, reaching heights of up to 33 stories or 125 meters, generating clean energy for Manila. Tourists flock here to feel the cool, strong gusts of wind that power the turbines and admire these towering fans.

Mount Daraitan and Tinipak River

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Spend the day at Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River for a refreshing and thrilling adventure. Dip into the cool and clear waters of the Tinipak River before hiking up to Mt. Daraitan's peak, which offers a spectacular view of the Sierra Madre mountain range. With a 4/9 difficulty level, it is suitable for beginner climbers. You can also stay overnight to see the sunrise and sunset.

Daranak Falls and Kcalinawan Cave

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Daranak Falls and Calinawan Cave are two of the most popular destinations in Tanay, Rizal. Calinawan Cave was once a hideout during World War II and is now a favorite filming location. Just 3.5 KM away is the refreshing Daranak Falls, surrounded by lush greenery and perfect for swimming. Visitors can even climb the side of the falls for an exciting jump into the water.

Masungi Georeserve

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Masungi Georeserve is a stunning nature conservation center with limestone peaks, lush rainforests, and caves. There you can explore hanging bridges above the limestone formations, visit the Sapot for a 360-degree view, and enjoy a meal overlooking the city skyline view.

How to Get Around Rizal – Transportation Options for Exploring

Do you need help on how to get around in Rizal province? Here are some of the options:

Public Transportation

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When it comes to public transport options in Rizal , you have a lot of choices. From iconic jeepneys to nimble tricycles and comfortable buses, getting around the province is convenient and affordable. You'll find these transport alternatives easily accessible in most towns and cities.

Private Transportation

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If you want to see more of Rizal but want to avoid dealing with crowds or long lines, renting a car or booking a Grab car is ideal. Although it's more expensive than taking the bus and jeepney, you'll have more freedom and convenience. In this way, you can also explore the place at your own pace.

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If you're up for a thrill, rent a motorcycle. It's quick and easy to rent a motorcycle in Rizal province as there are many rental shops around that offer competitive rates. This is also a great option for tourists who want to experience some thrill.

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You might not know this, but cycling is an excellent way to get in touch with nature, explore the province's scenic countryside, and exercise all at once. It's also eco-friendly and easy!

Overall, transportation in Rizal Philippinesgives commuters various options to suit different budgets and preferences. It's essential to plan your travel and consider factors such as distance, time, and safety when choosing the best mode of transportation for your needs.

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Congratulations! You've just uncovered a treasure trove of breathtaking spots in Rizal, Philippines. From majestic waterfalls to artistic attractions, this province has it all. And guess what? You can get there in just an hour from Metro Manila! So, pack your bags and let's dive into the wonders of Rizal!

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Hop on a jeepney, take a tricycle ride, or rent a motorcycle – the choice is yours! Exploring Rizal has never been this exciting. Don't forget to pack your sense of wonder and your camera, as you'll be capturing moments you'll cherish forever.

Book your trip with Traveloka today, and let the adventure begin! 🎉 Happy exploring!

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Top Tourist Spots to Visit in Rizal and Things To Do 

Rizal province is part of the region of CALABARZON and the best location for a weekend vacation, especially those who come from Manila. In a short period, you can easily roam around the province, getting to every spot, and admire its aesthetics. Here is the list of the top and some hidden wonders of Rizal province.

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List of Rizal Tourist Spots

Jala-Jala Sunflower Farm

Cordillera mountains aren’t the only one who has sunflowers here in the country, Rizal also has a farm of sunflowers where you can take pictures and enjoy the views of the dancing sunflowers. If you want to grow seeds in your home, you can buy them here.

Pamitian Cave

It is located near the Wawa dam and said to be that here is where Bonifacio conducted the initiation of the new members of the Katipunan. You can also see the visible charcoal writings of Bonifacio on the walls of the cave.

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Angono Petroglyphs | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo Raffy-ish

Angono Petroglyphs

It gives us the figures on how the old civilization of the country communicates. And if you are interested in it, come and visit this place as it dates back up to 3000 B.C.

Mt. Parawagan

One of the best mountains to hike for beginners in hiking in the Mt. Parawagan. Hikers, who became pro in hiking, started here in Mt. Parawagan. On top of it, you’ll see the panoramic view of Manila and other places in Wawa.

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Antipolo Cathedral | Rizal Tourist Spot 

Antipolo Cathedral

Also called the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Voyage and a popular pilgrimage site, especially when it’s Holy Week. It has been witnessed multiple milestones that changed the Rizal province.

Tinipak River

Despite the challenges in going towards the river, you will surely enjoy the rock formations as your feet lie beside it. There is also the glamourous turquoise-colored water to make your tour magical. There are also pools to enjoy relaxing or swimming if you would like to.

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Avilon Zoo | Rizal Tourist Spot |  Photo by Ninjakeg

Just like the other zoos, this contains more species of wildlife that everyone wishes to be back to their natural habitats.

Palo Alto Falls

Turquoise water cascading to a vast pool from the forests pristine upstreams, the wildlife’s habitat. You can rent cottages and other amenities if you are planning to have a getaway with your families.

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Batlag Falls | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo by jojo nicdao

Batlag Falls

One of the eccentric views to visit in Rizal province, and it shows a pristine beauty to complete your adventure. With its natural pool, you can enjoy and refreshingly swim in its pool with a crowd less population with you.

Are you shocked about it? The Philippines also has a Mount Sinai, and it hosts the Largest Ten Commandments tablet scripture. From here, you’ll experience the view of eye-opening Sierra Madre mountain ranges, and it is one of the new tourist attractions in Rizal.

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Boso Boso Church  | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo by Urbanroamer

Boso Boso Church

It is known for being the Nuestra Señora de La Annunciata Parish and recognized as a tourist destination in the country. It was built around the 16th century and conquered many challenges like fire and the war, but in the current year, they conduct a renovation, but the original design remained the same.

Angono Forest Park

Angono Forest Park is one of those remote places to go through Rizal with its natural reserves. There is no entrance fee seeing the wildlife like pigs and snakes, and also the flora species, but you can donate an amount to improve the protection of the wildlife further.

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Bahay Na Bato | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo by Judgefloro

Bahay Na Bato

It was built while the Spanish are reigning in the country; that’s why it shows a Westernian style of architecture. While touring inside of it, you’ll learn many things like daily life during the Spanish regime, and it will bring you back to history.

Calinawan Cave

Near Daranak Falls is the Calinawan Cave containing jaw-dropping stalactite and stalagmite formations within. Some of the structures lost their glamour due to some inappropriate human activities. Despite it, the locals are continuously protecting the cave.

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Casa Santa Museum | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo by  Randy.dionio

Casa Santa Museum

Christmas season is the best time to visit the Casa Santa Museum because it shows thousands of motifs and figures of Santa Claus coming from different countries. Before visiting the magical place, you need to have an arrangement on their website.

Hinulugang Taktak Falls

Here, it used to be a magical place wherein you can see a glimpse of the rainbow through the crystal-clear waters. Still, then, the continuous growth of settlements affects the river giving out water for the falls making it available only for picture taking.

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Daranak Falls | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo by Elmer B. Domingo

Daranak Falls

Daranak Falls is one of the well-known tourist destinations from Rizal because of its rustic geography. The waterfall’s height is measuring about 20 meters high with a pool beneath holding turquoise water. It will make you feel enchanted when you notice the lush forest surrounding it and do cliff jumping or swimming to feel refreshed.

Inday Nelly’s Mystical Cave

Due to its rock formations inside depicting religious designs, locals believe that entering this cave will get your body to heal. Its name came from the woman who popularized it. Either religious or not, this is one of the best to recommend to tourists.

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Masungi Georeserve | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo from Masungi Georeserve FB page 

Masungi Georeserve

If you are looking for a combination of thrill, fun, and adventure, Masungi Georeserve is the best for you. In getting into this attraction, you need to reserve for slots before experiencing the fun, and since it is one of the most popular attractions in Rizal, you will surely have difficulties in saving a slot. This place will offer you a great adventure with flora and fauna. Your eyes will also amaze by the large formations of limestones covered with the natural vegetation. The exciting part of this adventure is when you walk through different rope trails as you view the scenery of nature.

Mt. Nagpatong

It is known for the standing limestone rock on its peak and better viewing of the surroundings by climbing it. If you want to experience the magical sunrise, get on your feet, and see through the sky. Mt. Nagpatong is also one of the most visit hiking places in Rizal province.

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Mt. Binacayan | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo by  Camillebea

Mt. Binacayan

Are you looking for a place to view the sunrise and sea of clouds? This is the perfect place for you, but you need to observe at the challenging terrains. After that, you’ll experience the breath-taking view on the top of the mountain.

Mt. Daraitan

If you have a hard time walking, you can trek to visit the Mt. Daraitan and see the breathtaking scenery of Sierra Madre on the peak of it, with the branches of bodies of water trailing through the forests and boulders of rock formations will welcome your eyes. Chilling while looking at the flora species on your way will also give you an enjoyable moment.

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Mt. Tagapo | Rizal Tourist Spot |  Photo by アブサン

One of the hiking ideals that beginners can go through. You can walk through the grassy road until you reach the peak wherein you’ll experience the eye-catching view of Laguna de Bay and the ranges of mountains and plains surrounding it.

Nemiranda Arthouse And Gallery

Most of the things you’ll find here are Filipino folklores and the rich stories about every province of the Philippines. Filipinos also have their version of gods and goddesses that will surely catch your attention.

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Pililla Wind Farm | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo by Judgefloro

Pililla Wind Farm

Ilocos Norte isn’t the only one who has giant windmills here in the Philippines. By visiting the Pililla wind farm, you can have a glimpse of these giant wind turbines with several 27 standing in the landscapes. Here, you can also have a glimpse of Rizal plains and the Laguna de Bay.

Pacem Eco-Park

If you want to experience a peaceful vacation, then go to PACEM eco-park wherein you’ll see wildlife sanctuaries and gardens. You can also find spirituality and serenity in this place because you will have the whole nature around you.

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Pinto Art Museum | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo by Ianlopez1115

Pinto Art Museum

This is another frequented place to go here in Rizal with its Mediterranian architectural designs. It also has six art galleries that hold paintings and other art crafts. Ancient and modern arts can be seen inside the museum.

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Regina Rica | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo by Ryme26

Regina Rica

Popular pilgrimage site in Rizal and holds a statue of The Virgin Mary. If you want to nourish your relationship with God, then this place is perfect for you. Others visit this place not only for spiritual seeking but also for meditating.

Sangab Cave

Sangab Cave is an off-beaten tourist spot with a hidden rich green vegetation and limestones. You can also enjoy the amidst the beauty of the forest, which is the habitat of different wildlife that will make you awe for an adventure.

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Tanay Church | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo by Judgefloro

Tanay Church

Also known as St. Ildefonsus of Taledo Parish Church, because it holds a remain of saint’s bone, that’s why it is popular among religious people. It also gives off the view of Spanish architecture design.

Tinipak Cave

After the tantalizing activities in Tinipak River, you can proceed to Tinipak cave to sight the wondrous rock formations and pools connected by different streams. Don’t fear the bats flying around; they show how rich the biodiversity of the cave is.

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Wawa Dam | Rizal Tourist Spot | Photo by AmazingLoisa

Wawa Dam is one of the oldest dams here in the Philippines, and after constructing the Angat dam, the Wawa dam was soon abandoned. Being abandoned did not become a challenge; the views around the Wawa dam like the mountain and river attracts tourist on it. You can also visit the Wawa falls and feel the peacefulness as the water cascade onto your body. You can even ride a bamboo boat or swim and jump onto the crystal-clear water.

You don’t need to go out of the country to experience wondrous tourist attractions for your vacation! Just visit Rizal province, and everything you want to experience is here! From the natural environment to the museums containing the rich history of the country is all in here. Come to Rizal and have fun with the local destinations wherein you can take your photos for an Instagramable post.

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ANTIPOLO TOURIST SPOTS ITINERARY THINGS TO DO IN RIZAL PLACES TO VISIT

Planning a trip to Antipolo and Rizal Province soon? Let me help you plan your trip with this travel guide blog that lists the top things to do in Antipolo, tourist spots, and best places to visit in Rizal province that should be included in your itinerary!

Antipolo & rizal tourist spots and top things to do + sample itinerary 2024.

ANTIPOLO TOURIST SPOTS ITINERARY THINGS TO DO IN RIZAL PLACES TO VISIT

1. Antipolo Cathedral Church

How to get to antipolo church.

ANTIPOLO TOURIST SPOTS ITINERARY THINGS TO DO IN RIZAL PLACES TO VISIT

2. Hinulugang Taktak

"Tayo na sa Antipolo... At doo'y maligo tayo... Sa batis na kung tawagin... Ay hi- hi- Hinulugang Taktak-tak! tak! tak!"

HINULUGANG TAKTAK OPENING HOURS & ENTRANCE FEES

How to get to hinulugang taktak.

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3. Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa

Luljetta's hanging gardens spa opening hours & address, how to get to luljetta's hanging gardens spa.

DAY TRIPS FROM MANILA TOURS NEAR METRO MANILA

4. ATV Adventure in Antipolo Rizal

THINGS TO DO IN ANTIPOLO RIZAL TOURIST SPOTS

5. Paintball Battle Ground Experience

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6. Treasure Mountain

Treasure mountain operating hours & entrance fees, how to get to treasure mountain.

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7. Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo City

Opening hours & entrance fee:, how to get to pinto art museum.

Things to do in Antipolo Rizal

8. Kubs Mountain Resort Day Tour

  • Perfect for a quick summer breather, this day trip to Kubs Mountain Resort will surely give you the relaxation you need!
  • Be one with nature while you enjoy the cold mountain breeze and overlooking views of Sierra Madre
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9. Tanay Church

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10. Mt. Daraitan

How to get to daraitan.

Things to do in Rizal Tourist Spots and Places to Visit

11. Tinipak River

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12. Daranak Falls

Daranak falls opening hours & entrance fee, how to get to daranak falls.

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13. Batlag Falls

Batlag falls opening hours & entrance fees, how to get to batlag falls.

DAY TRIPS FROM MANILA TOURS NEAR METRO MANILA

14. Masungi Georeserve Day Tour

Tanay, Rizal Day Tour from Manila

15. Tanay, Rizal Day Tour from Manila

  • Just a few hours ride from Manila, discover what Rizal has to offer by joining this day tour on Klook!
  • Experience Bali in Tanay and enjoy a relaxing kawa bath while overlooking the breathtaking views of the mountains.
  • Expect a jam-packed schedule as you'll visit the following destinations: El Patio Razon, Sierra Madre, Daranak Falls, Calinawan Cave, Regina Rica Shrine, Windmill Farm, and Celossian Flower Farm.

Antipolo and Rizal Tourist Spots

16. Mt. Pugad + The Peak Campsite Tour

  • Explore the best natural wonders of Tanay, Rizal when you join this tour!
  • Start your day with an early hike and catch the sunrise atop Mt. Pugad.
  • After lunch, you can opt to visit Batis sa Gubat for a quick refreshing dip or Ridges and Clouds for yet another scenic view of the mountains.
  • Enjoy stargazing during your camp at The Peak when you book their overnight package.

Things to do in Rizal Tourist Spots

17. Experience Higantes Festival in Angono

Things to do in Rizal Tourist Spots

18. Balaw Balaw Specialty Restaurant and Folk Art Museum in Angono

Location & opening hours:, how to get to balaw-balaw restaurant.

Things to do in Rizal Tourist Spots

19. Mt. Tagapo Hike on Talim Island

How to get to mt. tagapo.

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20. Casa Santa Museum

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21. Mt. Hapunang Banoi

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22. Nagpatong Rock Day Hike in Rizal

Things to do in Rizal Tourist Spots

23. Rizal 4x4 Adventure by Mountain Quest PH

  • After a long week of work, enjoy an off-road adventure in Antipolo, Rizal riding on a 4x4!
  • Rejuvenate and awaken that youthful spirit of thrill as the tour takes you to scenic spots of Sierra Madre and hidden natural rivers and falls.
  • A tour guide/driver will personally drive for you for the adventure of your choice.
  • Package inclusions: English-speaking professional driver/guide, snacks and 4x4 ride using Suzuki Samurai 4WD.

Things to do in Rizal Tourist Spots

24. Laiban Circuit Day Hike in Rizal

  • Laiban Circuit is a minor hike experience that passes through scenic views of the Sierra Madre, marvelous lime stone formations and multiple cascading waterfalls!
  • The circuit consists of three peaks: Ngusong Kabayo, Tangwa, and Lubo - each offering its own unique view and feel.
  • Grab the chance to have refreshing dips onto the 4 amazing waterfalls that you’ll hike through during the descent.

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25. Outdoor Extreme Archery Experience in Antipolo

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26. Pililla Wind Farm

How to get to pililla wind farm.

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27. Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

Angono petroglyphs opening hours & entrance fee, how to get to angono petroglyphs by commute.

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28. Palo Alto Falls

Palo alto falls opening hours & entrance fee, how to get to palo alto falls.

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29. Mount Purro Nature Reserve

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30. Regina Rica

Regina rica opening hours & entrance fee, how to get to regina rica.

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31. Mt. Binacayan Day Hike in Rizal

  • Mt. Binacayan is known for its stunning limestone formations with magnificent views of Sierra Madre and Rizal province from its peak.
  • Experience something new with its minor bouldering parts which makes this destination challenging for some beginners.
  • Catch the magnificent sea of clouds as the sun rises over the town in the morning.
  • Swim in the river that flows through and in between Mt. Binacayan and Mt. Pamitinan to end the day.

Rizal Tourist Spots Things to do and Itinerary

32. Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite

Fresno agro forestry and eco tourist campsite day tour.

Rizal Tourist Spots Things to do and Itinerary

33. Overnight Camping at Mt. Kulis

Overnight camping at mt. kulis + fresno highlights.

Tourist Spots in Antipolo City Cafes with a View

34. Antipolo City Cafés and Restaurants with Overlooking Views

30+ BEST THINGS TO DO IN ANTIPOLO & RIZAL: Tourist Spots, Itinerary and Travel Guide Blog 2021

35. Bring home some Suman, Mangoes and Kasuy

ANTIPOLO TOURIST SPOTS ITINERARY THINGS TO DO IN RIZAL PLACES TO VISIT

SAMPLE ANTIPOLO & RIZAL ITINERARY

Sample overnight antipolo itinerary (2 days & 1 night).

  • Travel to Antipolo City
  • Visit Antipolo Cathedral
  • Visit Hinulugang Taktak
  • Explore Pinto Art Museum
  • Check-in at Loreland Farm Resort √ Check Discounted Room Rates Here!
  • Enjoy an afternoon at Luljettas Hanging Gardens √ Reserve a day pass here!
  • Back at the resort
  • Dinner at Antipolo City Cafés and Restaurants with Overlooking Views
  • Experience Paintbal Adventure √ Reserve here!
  • Enjoy an ATV Adventure Ride √ Reserve here!
  • Resort check-out
  • Pasalubong Shopping in Antipolo
  • Travel back to Manila

Sample Rizal Itinerary (3 Days & 2 Nights)

  • Take a photo of Hinulugang Taktak
  • Hotel check-in √ See Hotels & Resorts in Antipolo
  • Travel to Angono
  • Lunch at Balaw-balaw Restaurant
  • Explore Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
  • Travel back to Angono town proper
  • If you have more time, explore Angono and visit many art galleries and museums.
  • Travel back to Antipolo
  • Back at the hotel/sleep
  • Travel to Tanay
  • Tanay Church
  • Daranak Falls
  • Batlag Falls
  • √ You could join a Tanay Day Tour here!
  • Explore Mt. Pugad + The Peak Campsite √ You could join a tour here!
  • Back at the hotel
  • Hotel check-out

HOTELS & RESORTS IN ANTIPOLO & RIZAL PROVINCE

  • Loreland Farm Resort √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Thunderbird Resorts - Rizal √ Check Rates & Availability
  • LeBlanc Hotel and Resort √ Check Rates & Availability
  • The Citywalk Suites Apartment √ Check Rates & Availability
  • RedDoorz Plus @ La Estreas Antipolo √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Singalong Nature Camphill Site √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Date and Dine Resort √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Overlooking Metro Manila √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Villa Jhoana Resort √ Check Rates & Availability
  • Rocca Del Garda Residences √ Check Rates & Availability

I hope this list of top things to do in Antipolo and Rizal tourist spots and best places to visit this 2024 help you plan your trip! Enjoy, have fun and unforgettable Rizal Province getaway!

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Top Tourist Spots in Rizal Province [And How To Get There]

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The province of Rizal is home to majestic mountains that travelers and hikers visit for. From Manila , you only need to travel up to two hours before you can reach this nearby paradise. With its natural landscapes, mountainous regions, lakes, and cultural arts, you can surely enjoy the best tourist spots in Rizal with friends and family. [Check out our list of the top resorts in Antipolo ]

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Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Rizal Province, Philippines

Tinipak river.

The Tinipak River and Cave is a small cavern with an underground river perfect for group exploration. Canoeing is the most popular activity you can do here while enjoying the surrounding beauty of nature. You can find marble boulders that make the place even more enchanting.

Daranak Falls

In Tanay, you will find the beautiful Daranak Falls with a height of 14 meters. It is located in a lush mountain range surrounded by ponds, cascading rivers, plants, and trees. The view is relaxing due to the natural vibes and sounds in the waterfall.

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Masungi Georeserve

If you want to get closer to nature, you need to hike more than three hours to reach the Masungi Georeserve. It is home to natural limestone sculptures, rock formations, mountains, and caves with crossing bridges to guide travelers when climbing high peaks. From the top, you will be amazed by the spectacular view that will take away your fatigue.

Pinto Art Museum

Among the tourist spots in Rizal that make it a perfect place for artsy peeps is the Pinto Art Museum. It’s located in Antipolo with galleries inside the mission style building and lush gardens outside. The museum showcases native and contemporary art.

Hinulugang Taktak National Park

This natural waterfall is one of the main attractions in Rizal. However, swimming is not allowed here for safety reasons. It’s situated in a wooded area with trails for easier exploration. You need to abide by the rules when visiting this protected landscape and national park.

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Calinawan Cave

Another thrilling adventure in Rizal is visiting the Calinawan Cave. With forest trails, steep slopes, and rock formations, this historical 5-level cave will challenge you in every step of the way. Just be careful with the sharp sides while hiking to the cave.

Lastly, you wouldn’t want to miss one of the oldest tourist spots in Rizal—the Wawa Dam. It’s a historical dam where Bernardo Carpio is famous for. You can do swimming, rock climbing, and mountain climbing when you choose to visit the place with friends or family this coming summer.

How to get to Rizal

There are vans, FX, and jeepneys with routes to Rizal from Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong. Travel time is usually less than an hour.

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9 Tourist Spots for Your RIZAL ITINERARY

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Rizal is near Metro Manila, and its proximity has made it a popular weekend, day trip or vacation destination. The mountains surrounding it, the waterfalls and the rivers coursing through it, has given the province many natural wonders worth discovering. This destination is also easily accessible by public transportation from Manila. There are many buses and vans that go in and out of the area. Trip times vary depending on where you’re going and the traffic. If you’re planning a trip to Rizal, here are some of the things to do and places of interest.

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Daranak Falls

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This waterfall in Tanay is probably the top-of-mind destination for many who hear ‘Rizal.’ This 14m high fall has a natural pool and picturesque views. If it doesn’t rain, the water of the pool is a distinct blue. Take the plunge and douse the afternoon heat after taking a few pictures. You can have snacks and drinks here, but make sure to leave no trace.

Visit the Bahay na Bato

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This ‘House of Stone’ (English translation) is a relic of the province’s Spanish colonial past. This destination is a photography hotspot because of its lost-in-time feel and appearance. It has survived for more than a century, a testament to the ingenuity of its builders and architects, and the materials used to make it. You can go inside for a quick tour to see what its interior looks like.

Calinawan Cave

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See the underground beauty of Rizal with a visit to Calinawan Cave. Many say the cave’s chambers used to be where Kaitpuneros met and agreed to rebel against the Spanish government in the Philippines. This is not just a tourist attraction but also a historical destination. Imagine how the rebels discussed freedom and independence as you take the same steps they took inside. The rock formations are stunning and take on various shapes.

See the Petroglyphs

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These ancient carvings in Angono-Binangonan are a Natural Cultural Treasure. A trip here will provide you with a glimpse of the country’s ancient past, a time even before the Spaniards arrived. There is a viewing deck where you can look at the petroglyphs that resemble various animals and even people.

Go on an Adventure in Tinipak

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Rizal’s rugged landscape is beautiful one of its more popular natural attractions is Tinipak River. The river has boulders of various sizes jutting out from its surface. You can navigate the rapids riding a canoe to reach a cave. Tinipak River is also one of the cleanest waterways in the country.

Drop by the Angono Mural Street

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The town of Angono in Rizal is recognized as the “Art Capital of the Philippines”. It has earned this moniker because of the many artists and museums found in the province. One place you shouldn’t miss while here is Angono Mural Street. Here you will find street art based on Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s well-known artworks. The lane has depictions of life in provincial towns, and the rich heritage and history of the country.

Treasure Mountain

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You may have seen pictures of the famous “Sea of Clouds” in Mt. Pulag or have been there yourself. You know the effort, money, and time required to reach the peak and see this beautiful view. You don’t have to venture too far or spend hours just to see this in Treasure Mountain. This mountain in Tanay, Rizal is accessible by private vehicle and has a small store and basic accommodation. Just take a short walk to the viewpoint and you’ll see the glorious “Sea of Clouds.”

Masungi Georeserve

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This georeserve has steadily gained popularity over the years. This comes as no surprise because of its sheer rugged beauty. Located in Baras, Rizal this park is where you can go hiking and do other exciting activities such as walking on a hanging bridge, rope ladders, and trekking. The biggest draw of this attraction is the web-like net hanging over the stunning limestone formations.

Pinto Art Museum

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This art enclave in Antipolo is an instagrammable museum with a garden, statues, and other artworks. The simple yet elegant white paint, aged, windows, and doors along with the art scattered in different places create a distinct ambiance that will keep you coming back. Many people visit just to have photoshoots for their social media accounts, wedding, or engagement.

Where to Stay in Rizal

Rizal is an accessible province, especially if you’re coming from Metro Manila. Many just do day trips because of its proximity, but for those that plan to stay, there are many accommodations to choose from. Antipolo has a number of hotels and resorts where you can stay from budget to luxurious. You can reach some of these by private or public transportation.

Tanay is another option for those looking for a place to stay in Rizal. Here you will find plenty of hotels and guesthouses. You can also find many buses, jeeps, and vans passing by, which makes getting to this destination easy. There are also campsites in the mountains and parks for visitors who want to not just save money, but rough it out.

Here are some of Rizal’s top-rated hotels as reviewed by Agoda users (as of January 2019).

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Rizal Monument in Rizal Park.

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Still widely known as 'Luneta' (its name until the 1950s), Manila’s iconic central park is spread out over some 60 hectares of open lawns, ornamental gardens, ponds, paved walks and wooded areas, dotted with monuments to a whole pantheon of Filipino heroes. As the place where José Rizal was executed by the Spanish colonial authorities, it's also of great historical significance. The Rizal Park Visitors Centre provides a map detailing some 40 sights within the park.

Rizal Park an atmospheric place to take a stroll, particularly late afternoon, early evening and on weekends. Here you'll find the Rizal Monument , fronted by a 46m flagpole and guarded by sentries in full regalia, which contains the hero’s mortal remains and stands as a symbol of Filipino nationhood.

To one side of the monument you will find the Site of Rizal's Execution ; at the entrance is a black granite wall inscribed with Rizal’s ‘Mi Ultimo Adios’ (My Last Farewell). Eight tableaux of life-size bronze statues recreate the dramatic last moments of the hero’s life. Evening light-and-sound presentations dedicated to Rizal usually take place here but are suspended indefinitely. When happening, they last 30 minutes and run every evening in both English and Tagalog.

On the other (south) side of the monument, toward Kalaw Ave, keep an eye out for the drinking fountain shipped all the way from Heidelberg, Germany, where Rizal spent time studying at university.

In the middle of the park is the Central Lagoon , a pool lined with busts of Filipino heroes and martyrs, and a dancing musical fountain that erupts in colourful explosions in the evening. Just north of the lagoon is the open-air auditorium , where the long-running (and free) classical Concert at the Park kicks off at 6pm on Sundays. There's a free Filipino rock concert here at the same time every Saturday night, while Friday nights see theatrical productions. The visitors centre has information on performances.

East of the auditorium are several ornamental gardens and the Chess Plaza , a shady spot where regulars test each other and look for new blood with shouts to visitors of ‘Hey Joe, do you play chess?’. At dawn, you'll find various groups gathered to practise t’ai chi or the local martial art of arnis, also know as arnis de mano, a pre-Hispanic style of stick-fighting.

At the east end of the park, where the National Museum is located, you'll find a large statue of Lapu-Lapu , a 16th-century national hero famous for slaying the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan; the flower-fillled Manila Orchidarium ; and a gigantic three-dimensional relief map of the Philippines .

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12 BEST Tourist Spots in TANAY, Rizal 2024 (Near Manila)

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Tanay is one the to-go place for many tourists looking to escape the city’s hustle and bustle, with its proximity from Metro Manila. Being Rizal’s 3rd largest town, Tanay offers loads of tourist spots like Daranak Falls, and Batlag Falls, if ever you’re into chasing waterfalls.

In addition, Tanay is a popular spot for hikers with its spectacular scenic view of the Sierra Madre mountain range, offering varying hiking spots from Mt. Daraitan to the iconic towering limestone at Nagpatong Rock Formation. Since Tanay has peak spots, it is the best place to loosen up and revitalize while enjoying the vast sea of clouds.

On the other hand, if you’re not into hiking, Tanay has more in store from spelunking to outdoor activities. There are spots in town perfect for family or group adventures like the Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp. Tanay also has restaurants with breathtaking views, ideal for romantic dates or a friend’s night out. You can also choose to go to Tanay during Visita Iglesias or revamp your faith. So whatever floats your boat, Tanay got you covered.

To know more about the town’s rich environment and deep history, here are the 12 best tourist spots in Tanay, Rizal.

1. Treasure Mountain

First on the list of the best tourist spots in Tanay, Rizal, considering its location is Treasure Mountain . The site is ideal for day trip tours or overnight camping to catch sight of the sea of clouds in the morning and the picturesque view of rock formations and vast mountains. CHECK THE BEST RESORTS IN TANAY HERE

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They also offer cottage rentals for day tour visits and tent rental and lodging for guests staying for the night. Guests are allowed to bring outside foods and alcoholic beverages with corkage fees. And if you’re up for some adventures, you can try their rope courses and go off-road with an ATV. So if you’re looking for a place to reconnect with nature, Treasure Mountain is a great spot. BOOK THIS TOUR IN TANAY: Treasure Mountain Tour 

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2. Mt. Daraitan

A recommended spot for weekend warriors, Mt. Daraitan is indeed a great place to visit to relieve boredom and in search of a memorable hiking experience. Hike up to the peak of Mt Daraitan with 739 meters above sea level, offering a scenic view of the Sierra Madre mountain range, intersecting rivers, and a sea of clouds. The site is ideal for both beginners to experienced hikers, taking about 4-8 hours of back and forth trekking.

Mt. Daraitan

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In addition, the trip is organized by the local government, starting with an orientation at the Barangay Hall to ensure travelers’ safety before venturing through the forest trail and very steep assault. There are also locals along the route selling refreshments like fresh coconut juice for quick breaks. BOOK THIS TOUR IN TANAY: Mt. Daraitan Day Hike from Manila

3. Tinipak River

Another must-visit in town for a fun-filled adventure, Tinipak River tucked in Mt Daraitan is the perfect place to cool down during summer and after a long hike. If you’re climbing Mt Daraitan’s peak, Tinipak River is a must-stop when descending, featuring limestone rock formations and fresh running waters.

Tinipak River

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Furthermore, don’t forget to pass by the iconic spot Heart Peak to witness the beauty of the Tinipak River uphill. Trekking down from the mountain peak to the Tinipak River will take about an hour, so be sure to take a quick deep before heading back to the village. Guides also offer a tour at the Tinipak Cave to explore the underground river. BOOK THIS TOUR: Tinipak River Tour and Mt. Daraitan Hike from Manila

4. Daranak Falls

One of Tanay’s most popular tourist destinations during the summer season, Daranak Falls is yet another hidden gem to visit. The 20-meter high enchanting waterfall is filled with lush vegetation, ponds, and cascading waters from the Sierra Madre mountain range, which will surely calm your senses.

Daranak Falls

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Located around 6 kilometers away from the Calinawan Cave, Daranak Falls is a great place to stay, offering day tour visits with cottages for rent, food kiosks, grilling stations, and souvenir shops. Guests are also allowed to bring their food but not any plastic materials in the area. So whether you’re looking for a whole day adventure with family and friends, Daranak Falls is a great stop-off point. BOOK THIS TOUR: Daranak Falls Tour with other tourist spots in Tanay

5. Mt. Mapalad

Rated with a 3/9 difficulty level, Mt. Mapalad is the best spot to visit if you’re new to hiking. With 750 meters above sea level, this mountain offers two routes, one ideal for beginners, an easy but longer trail, and a steep yet shorter trail for pro hikers. The hike will take about 2-3 hours from the jump-off point and passes through flat land, rice fields, streams, and rocky terrains.

Mt. Mapalad

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Once at the peak, hikers can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Sierra Madre mountain range and the sunrise. To catch sight of the sea of clouds it is recommended to visit from March to June. Aside from the beautiful surroundings, Mt. Mapalad is also known for having a Bali-inspired wooden palm viewing deck best for photo ops. BOOK THIS HIKE: Mt. Mapalad Day Tour

6. Calinawan Cave

Apart from hiking spots, Tanay is the perfect destination for cave explorations. The town boasts the captivating beauty of the Calinawan Cave that will surely pique the interest not only of spelunkers but as well as history enthusiasts. Located in Barangay Tandang, the massive cave system consists of many levels and different openings and chambers.

Calinawan Cave

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The historic cave also attracts tourists and filmmakers since it serves as a shelter for Filipino revolutionaries during World War II and Spanish-American War. Based on folk tales, the cave’s name was derived from the Filipino word “ linaw ” which came from Japanese and American soldiers resolving their disputes inside the cave. BOOK THIS TOUR: Calinawan Cave and other tourist spots in Tanay Tour

7. Nagpatong Rock Formation

If in search of a thrilling and unforgettable outdoor activity, there’s no better place to visit than the Nagpatong Rock Formation . This spot is one the most famous and iconic tourist spots in Tanay, featuring a massive block of rocks stacked up over the other, forming two large limestone cliffs standing beside each other, thus the name “Nagpatong”.

Nagpatong Rock Formation

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The majestic rock formation is a hidden gem but very accessible, considering its easy trail that will only take an hour or so, ideal for novice hikers. There are no steep assaults on the route and have guided ropes for easy access. However, the hardest part is climbing the rock formation, but there is a ladder to get on the peak. BOOK THIS HIKE: Nagpatong Rock Day Hike in Rizal

8. Batlag Falls

Haven’t had enough of chasing waterfalls? Well, Tanay has another stunning spot to offer and a great alternative if you’re avoiding the crowd at Daranak Falls. The mystical and enchanting beauty of Batlag Falls offers clear turquoise water, making it a must-visit located right above Daranak Falls.

Batlag Falls

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However, despite being on the same site, visitors still have to pay another entrance fee, which is pricier than Daranak Falls. But being more serene and secluded, it is worth spending. Also, according to the tour guides, Batlag Falls is a popular shooting spot for movies and GMA TV series Encantadia . So if you’re up for a nature fantasy experience, Batlag Falls is the place to go.

9. Ricardo’s Vista Del Cielo

For a relaxing and delightful getaway, head to Ricardo’s Vista Del Cielo hidden bed and breakfast in town. Located on Tanay’s mountain top, this spot offers Filipino cuisine, an all-day breakfast with a beautiful backdrop on its balcony of the Sierra Madre mountain range, and a sea of clouds. With its great location, Ricardo’s Vista Del Cielo is also the best place for intimate dates and gatherings.

Ricardo’s Vista Del Cielo

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Nonetheless, if the weather gets too cold for outdoor dining, they offer a cabin-like dining area. Also, there are room accommodations for guests staying for the night, featuring homey interiors and rooms with a scenic view.

10. Tanay Church

The Church of San Ildefonso, or locally called the Tanay Church, is a 238-year old Roman Catholic church constructed in 1773-1783. The church was named one of the Jubilee churches and a National Cultural Treasure in 2021. Its façade features a triangular pediment, rounded belfry, arched doorways, and pilasters, made out of wood and stone masonry, and a great model of Baroque architecture.

Tanay Church

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Tanay Church interiors consist of five altarpieces and hold a relic of San Ildefonso’s piece of bone that came from Zamora, Spain . The church also boasts its 14 Stations of the Cross, considered one of the most beautiful ones across Asia.

11. Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp

A great place to visit whether you’re unwinding or into extreme outdoor activities, head to the Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp that has it all. The site is near attractions, including the Masungi Georeserve, Regina Rica, and Daranak falls, making it a stop for dining and overnight stay.

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Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp

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Moreover, they have two outdoor pools and feature an overlooking restaurant, fish spa, camping stuff for rent, room accommodations, cabanas, and a whole villa for group rentals. Tent Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp is a popular venue for events, whether for intimate or for group adventures. Their activities include obstacle courses, rock climbing, rappelling, and zipline.

12. Regina Rica

Other than churches, Regina Rica is a must-see in Rizal for anyone reconnecting their faith. The pilgrim site stands for Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia and features a 71-foot tall image of the Queen of the Holy Rosary, located on the peak uphill on its 13.5-hectare land.

Regina Rica

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The pilgrim was established in 2005 by Sister Mary Epifania F. Brasil, OP, a previous affiliate of the Dominican Sisters. The spectacular sculpture of the Virgin Mary was created by the artist Jojo Barceno Jr., now attracting lots of devotees throughout the country. Also, Regina RICA offers facilities from retreat centers and other attractions that kids will surely like.  BOOK THIS TOUR: Regina Rica Tour with other tourist spots in Tanay

FAQ: Tourist Spots in Tanay, Rizal

1. What makes Tanay a great tourist destination? Tanay is a gem for nature lovers and adventure seekers. It’s close to Manila, offering breathtaking natural scenery, from majestic waterfalls and rivers to stunning mountain views and historical sites.

2. Can I visit Daranak Falls with my family? Absolutely! Daranak Falls is a family-friendly spot with its serene waters and lush surroundings. Just keep an eye on the little ones for safety.

3. Is Mt. Daraitan suitable for beginner hikers? Yes, Mt. Daraitan caters to both beginners and experienced hikers. The trail offers a mix of challenging and manageable segments, with the reward of stunning views at the top.

4. What’s special about the Calinawan Cave? Calinawan Cave is not just a natural wonder; it’s a piece of history. It was a hideout during wars and offers an exciting exploration experience through its various levels and chambers.

5. Are there any good spots for overnight camping? Definitely! Treasure Mountain is a popular choice for both day trips and overnight camping, famous for its beautiful sea of clouds and mountain scenery.

6. What other waterfalls can I visit besides Daranak Falls? Don’t miss Batlag Falls, a more secluded spot right above Daranak Falls. It’s known for its clear, turquoise waters and tranquil atmosphere.

7. Is there anything for history buffs in Tanay? History enthusiasts will love Tanay Church, a centuries-old structure showcasing baroque architecture, and the Calinawan Cave, steeped in historical significance.

8. What activities are available besides hiking and waterfall visits? Tanay offers a range of activities like spelunking, river trekking, and cultural tours. Places like Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp also provide outdoor adventure activities.

9. Are there any recommendations for dining with a view in Tanay? Yes, Ricardo’s Vista Del Cielo is a great choice. It offers delicious Filipino cuisine with stunning views of the Sierra Madre mountain range.

10. When is the best time to visit Tanay? The best time is typically from November to May, the dry months, for outdoor activities. However, it’s always good to check the weather forecast before your trip.

11. Any local food I should try in Tanay? Definitely try the suman (rice cake) and fresh buko (coconut) juice. These local treats are not only delicious but also part of the Tanay experience.

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There’s more places to visit here in Tanay Highlands one of those places is Sierra Madre Mountain Resort who is the pioneer of all resorts more camping areas There’s also quite a few newly opened Restaurants like Wyndell’s Al Fresco, Paseo RIZAL, Martessem, Ceilo Alto Resort just name a few..

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Top 19 Things to Do and Places to Visit in Manila City The Philippine Capital & Nearby

Top 19 Things to Do and Places to Visit in Manila City The Philippine Capital & Nearby

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  • 1. Travel Back in Time at Intramuros

Fort Santiago

Manila cathedral, san agustin church, plaza de roma, casa manila, baluarte de san diego, bahay tsinoy, 2. visit rizal park, 3. explore the national museum complex, national museum of fine arts, national museum of anthropology, national museum of natural history, national planetarium.

  • 4. Have a Food Trip at Binondo
  • Binondo Church

5. Shop Until You Drop in Manila Stores

Greenhills shopping center, tiendesitas.

  • SM Mall of Asia

SM Megamall

6. pray at quiapo church.

  • 7. Hop-On Board the Unique Modes of Transport

8. Enjoy a Visit to The Ocean Park

9. spend a day at roxas boulevard, cultural center of the philippines complex, bsp money museum.

  • 10. Marvel at the Malacañang Palace

11. Explore the Modern Cities of Manila

Bonifacio global city, taft avenue, 12. get artsy at cubao expo, 13. visit paco park and cemetery.

  • 14. Enjoy the Nightlife

Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

Tomas morato, 15. have a gastronomic food trip, maginhawa street.

  • 16. Join the Weekend Markets

Salcedo Market

Legazpi market, mercato centrale, 17. visit fun modern museums, the dessert museum, lakbay museo (permanently closed starting july 2022), art in island, upside down, mind museum, 18. explore university campuses, the university of the philippines-diliman, the university of santo tomas, 19. join a day trip from manila.

  • Mt. Pinatubo

Manila Cathedral is the religious center of the Archdiocese of Manila

Discover Manila's lovely and vibrant city. Find out the best places to visit, the local delicacies you should try, and the different modes of transportation when visiting the metro.

The Philippines' capital city, Manila , is often the jump-off point to the country's incredible beaches, stunning islands, and unique natural wonders. However, there are many tourist spots to visit in Manila itself! It's a beautiful city full of surprises and amazing things to try.

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  • Check out our article on Instagrammable cafes in Manila

For first-time visitors, Manila may seem overwhelming to explore. But it's quite manageable once you have a well-planned travel itinerary. You can also book a car rental in Manila if you want to explore at your own pace. Just make sure you have the requirements to rent a car in the Philippines .

  • Find the best Manila hotels that you can book
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You're bound to fall in love with Manila thanks to its interesting tourist spots, foodie destinations, and fun activities. Read on to find out the best things to do and places to see in the bustling capital of the Philippines and its neighboring cities:

1. Travel Back in Time at Intramuros      

Intramuros , known as the "Walled City," is the oldest district and historic core of Manila.  Intramuros tours are a must-try for history buffs because there are so many things to do in Intramuros . 

This iconic Manila landmark is actually a walled area within the modern city. It was the seat of government and political power when the Philippines was still under Spanish rule. 

Intramuros is Manila's only district where travelers can see complete architectural remnants of the Spanish Era.  A day trip to Intramuros is enough for you to go sightseeing in this well-preserved historical attraction.

  • Check out this San Agustin Church to Manila Cathedral tour

Wander along paved roads and visit historical monuments and sculptures. You can even join a bambike tour  (you will explore via a bamboo bike), try riding a  kalesa, or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage experience. Here are some of the must-visit attractions in Intramuros:

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It's one of two significant squares in Intramuros. The plaza is regarded as the area's center of trade during the colonial past. 

Fountain at Casa Manila Central

This building houses the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center, a museum that documents the history, lives, and contributions of Chinese ethnicity in Philippine life and history.

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Rizal Park in Intramuros, Manila is a homage to the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal

He was a doctor and novelist who was shot by firing squad at this site on December 30, 1896, on charges of fostering local rebellion against the Spanish government. 

Rizal Park features monuments, squares and gardens, large stadiums, observatories, an open-air concert hall, sound and light theaters, shops, food kiosks, playgrounds, and many fountains.

The park is split into three areas, starting with the 16-hectare Agrifina Circle adjacent to Taft Avenue. It's where the Department of Tourism and the National Museum of Anthropology are situated.

Then there's the northeastern segment; followed by the 22-hectare park extending down to Roxas Boulevard. Lastly, the central section finishing at the southwestern part contains Burnham Green. Join a Rizal Park tour with Intramuros to get a full experience of this destination.

The National Museum of the Philippines has several sections included in National Museum trips: Art, Anthropology, Natural History, and the Planetarium.

All are within the same building complex and are home to permanent collections representing the various facets of art, culture, and history of the country. Joining a National Museum tour will take you around the best museums in the area.

The collection here contains both classical and contemporary Filipino paintings and sculptures. The famous paintings by the Philippine revolutionary artist Juan Luna, including The Spoliarium, are a must-see. 

It features collections of artifacts of Anthropology and Archaeology. You can also have a look at the old Philippine script called "Baybayin," as well as a collection of cultural memories from native people throughout the nation.

This museum presents the rich biodiversity of the country, including Lolong's skeleton, which used to be the world's largest caught crocodile and placed in captivity. Another highlight is The Tree of Life, a glass elevator and a canopy-inspired roof.

It contains astronomic displays of celestial bodies and their real-life projections. They also offer displays, presentations, and demonstrations for travelers who would like to have a unique planetarium experience.

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Binondo is a lively and historic Manila site. It was founded in 1594 and is considered to be the world's first Chinatown. Like the other Chinatowns, tours to Binondo restaurants are fun as the town is made up of tight and vibrant alleys with must-try foodie spots. 

It is packed with hole-in-the-wall joints, traditional bakeries, and budget-friendly streetside shops. One of the best ways to see its beauty is by trying out a guided tour in Binondo .

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Binondo church .

Binondo Church is an iconic location in Chinatown, Manila

Mass generally takes place in English, Tagalog, and Chinese in this church. The church is also called the San Lorenzo Ruiz Basilica Minor.

Escolta 

This used to house the stores of Chinese merchants during the galleon trade in Manila.

Food Trip 

Dumplings and ramen in Binondo, Manila

Shopping is one of the most enjoyable activities in Manila because of the multitude of malls here. Here are some of the best places to shop in the metro: 

Divisoria houses low price stores in Tondo, Manila

There are a lot of shops in Quiapo. For gadgets, you can go to Raon and Hidalgo Street. For arts and handicrafts, you can go to Palanca Street and Plaza Miranda. Go to Quinta Market and Carriedo Street for other necessities.

They have a big market. You can look through so many shops and stores. The stores have a variety of products, from very affordable to more costly.

It's a charming shopping mall and has a mix of thrift stalls and significant shops. There are also excellent restaurants around.

Rattan bags and home organizers sold at Tiendesitas

This place in Pasig City has it all, from indigenous cuisine and fashion to furniture, antiquities, arts and crafts. Tiendesitas has shops from over 450 merchants, most of whom offer specialty goods, mainly from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia, or MOA, is particularly famous for both domestic and international visitors. It is the biggest shopping center in the Philippines and has several establishments. It's often part of a bargain shopping experience in Manila.

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It's the third-largest shopping mall in the Philippines. Aside from their various stores in the different buildings, they have their own Mega Fashion Hall.

The establishment combines high-end boutiques, restaurants, shopping amenities, leisure areas, and entertainment halls.

The façade of Quiapo Church, built in the baroque style, stands out from both sides with its rolling towers

The façade of Quiapo Church, built in the baroque style, stands out from both sides with its rolling towers. A third of its column twists close to the foundation, while the bottom part has a soft surface.

The top of the four-story bell towers is adorned with balustrades and enormous scrolls. It’s a popular church included in most pilgrimage tours in the country.

In the early 1980s, a four-foil window in the center of the front of the church was screened, and a picture of the pope's crossed keys and tiara was substituted. Only the facade and the transept dome maintained the classic architecture with its latest refurbishment.

7. Hop-On Board the Unique Modes of Transport   

There are distinctive transport modes that you can use to discover Manila . Jeepneys and tricycles are two of the most common transportation vehicles used by locals. 

Jeepneys passing by the Manila City Hall

Inaugurated in March 2008, the park is famous for the Oceanarium, which has around 14,000 creatures belonging to around 277 different species native to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. A Manila Ocean Park ticket  will allow you to see the Oceanarium and other park facilities.

The park is also highly informative and instructional, especially for sightseeing activities. If you want a hassle-free experience, you can book a  2-day Hotel H2O staycation package with a Manila Ocean Park day pass . 

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It has become famous for its country club, restaurants, eateries, commercial properties, parks, and gardens. It's also the location of the CCP Complex, Baywalk, Star City, and the BSP Money Museum.

The CCP Complex is an 88-hectare sport, cultural, and art playground. The National Theater, Folk Arts Theater, CCP Library and Archive, Philippine International Convention Center, and Manila Film Center can be found in the complex.

It's a promenade facing Manila Bay. The Baywalk is a two-kilometer path that starts at the US Embassy,  and is close to Rizal Park and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, just past Manila Yacht Club.

The BSP Money Museum, located in central Bangko in the Philippines, shows the development of the Filipino economy and its past.

The displays are chronologically arranged from the Pre-Hispanic Period, Spanish, and Revolutionary Periods to the American, Japanese, and present-day Republic.

The museum is full of elegant barter coats, gold rocks, gold barter chains, old paper money, envelope bills, and silver banknotes.

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Malacañang Palace is the official building and principal department of the President of the Philippines. It's connected to Mendiola Street in San Miguel, Manila. 

Malacañang includes many mansions and departments, primarily built in a neoclassical style. Among the many heritage trips  in the country, visiting Malacañang Palace is one of the most recommended.

Originally built as a private household home, Malacañang has been transformed into a magnificent Spanish colonial home. It consists primarily of wooden buildings complete with courtyards and azoteas.

Visiting Malacañang Palace is a great opportunity to learn more about its contribution to the country’s history.

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There's much to learn from the remnants of the past and how it's incorporated into the present, which is why it's also great to join a Manila tour with modern and historical attractions . After all, the Philippines is a progressive country. Here are some of the modern cities of Manila you can visit during your trip:

In addition to being one of the significant financial, academic, and business institutions in all of Asia, it is the economic core of the Philippines.

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More known as BGC, it's a leisure district in Metro Manila. Besides the tall buildings, you'll also see high-end retail stores here. You can dine in world-class hotels and restaurants and be amused by several activities.

It's primarily considered to be a component of the University Belt, with several of Manila's leading colleges and universities nearby.

This, plus its closeness to primary forms of travel, provides Taft Avenue, the youthful atmosphere and accessibility it is known for.

Cubao Expo has housed aesthetic institutions, art galleries, thrift stores, and shoe shops for several years. One may lose oneself among vintage comics, knick-knacks, and unique finds in this place.

Cubao Expo also serves as a lifestyle center. Here you will discover a handful of options for lunch or dinner. The place also hosts events such as poetry reading, book sales, concerts, and different kinds of conventions.

Paco Park is a leisure and nature park that was constructed by Dominicans in the Spanish colonial era. It is on the main street of General Luna in Paco, Manila and the eastern part of Padre Faura Street.

During the reign of President Diosdado Macapagal, the reserve was transformed into a national park in 1966. Since then, the park has been progressively rebuilt and has been a government beach and community promenade.

14. Enjoy the Nightlife 

Filipinos love to party! With their passion for singing and dancing coupled with excellent humor, you're bound to encounter some exciting and enjoyable events when visiting Manila's hot nightspots.

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There are various places throughout Manila, Makati , and Quezon City , where you can encounter all types of bars and restaurants to eat, drink, and chill at. Naturally, it's based on whether you want something lowkey or a full-on club scene. Here are some locations you should visit:

Kartel is a Rooftop Bar in Poblacion, Makati

This is Makati's famous nightlife district, with a wide variety of beautiful hotels and bars to let individuals unwind from stress. Visiting this area is one of the fun activities in Makati .

Cityscape of BGC in Taguig City at night

This is a famous place for amusement. There are many fine establishments and cafes along this street, including discotheques, karaoke joints, and comedy clubs. 

One of the best things to do in Manila is to have a gastronomic adventure, and what better way try local cuisine than going on  food trips ! Try street food such as the infamous balut.

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There are also fish balls, kwek-kwek, kikiam, taho, and sorbetes that are generally marketed in tiny shops.

Try halo-halo, a famous Filipino dessert of shaved ice and evaporated milk, with several other components, for a delicious snack. Aside from Binondo, you can have a local food trip here:

Several local restaurants started on this 2.2-kilometer road as hole-in-the-wall food places before becoming increasingly popular due to locals loving the vibrant and trendy atmosphere.

This is the name of Makati's famous food trucks. They're affordable and found within area points in Makati. Local favorites are Sisig from Rada Street, Mang Lirio's from Palanca Street, and Bulalo and Pares from Esteban Street.

This is an area renowned for its charming and eclectic vibe. Kapitolyo has two primary roads. East Drive features cheaper, more inexpensive establishments, while West Drive offers more intimate date places and unique events.

16. Join the Weekend Markets

If you get excited about shopping for local products, an excellent activity is to join a city excursion at a weekend market in Manila !

Sample a combination of delicious meals and Philippine cuisine, observe local entrepreneurs selling products, and discover unique things visiting a weekend market, like those listed below:

This weekend market starts at 6 AM on Saturdays. There are delicacies from all over the world so that you can enjoy distinct global flavors as well as local culinary delights.

This market is available only at 7 AM on Sundays. What's unique about this market is its dry goods stalls. You can purchase many artsy items, from pictures to hand-crafted products.

Mercato Centrale in Manila, Philippines

This food night market is available during scheduled evenings in Makati, Pasig, Intramuros, and Rizal Park. You'll discover an enormous range of meals and snacks you can consume. Wash it down with your choice of drink.

Modern museums should be on your list if you're the type of traveler who wants to experience something new. It's a way for curators to present artwork in a different form. Here are some museum trips  you can try in Manila:

The Dessert Museum's milk tea area

This is a great spot to see desserts, eat them, and take unique pictures as well. Buying an admission ticket to the Dessert Museum is worth it as it's different from other museums.

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Lakbay Museo is first cultural interactive museum in the Philippines

Art in Island, one of the world's largest animated 3D art museums, enables visitors to take beautiful photos with wall-to-floor sculptures. The employees can take your image as you give your best poses in each of the 12 areas.

If you like to take pictures in a unique manner, this museum will definitely surprise you. Discover creativity within yourself when you transform your pictures upside down.

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The Philippines doesn't fall short of beautiful universities. These locations are not only home to academic institutions but are also notable Manila destinations. 

People biking around the Academic Oval in UP Diliman

The University Academic Oval is a circular street lined with buildings with different architecture and shaded by a canopy of acacia trees. The University of the Philippines also has its own UP Cine Adarna next to the UP Theater and the UP Carillon tower.

Plaza Mayor of UST in Espana, Manila

Known as one of Asia's oldest universities, UST has a wealthy heritage visible on its campus. There is even a magnificent museum full of memorabilia and pictures here.

After enjoying  tours in Manila , you can venture out to nearby provinces. Whether you're a traveler wanting to discover more places beyond the metro or a local who wants to take some time off from the city, these are some great options:

Canyons at Corregidor

It's best to join a Corregidor experience to fully immerse yourself in this breathtaking piece of history.

Tagaytay overlooks Taal Lake in Batangas City

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This is the Philippines' third-largest lake. Taal Volcano, one of the smallest active volcanoes in the globe, is inside it. Make sure to enjoy and take photos of this fantastic destination.

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Picturesque Mt. Pinatubo Lake

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It offers so many great things for both locals and internationals alike, such as sightseeing tours, food and culinary trips, museum-hopping excursions, biking trips, historical and heritage immersions, adventure and nature park visits, and hiking excursions.

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Antipolo Tourist Spot Rizal: 17 Best Attractive Place To Visit

Melanie Haiken

Updated on: March 27, 2024

Antipolo Tourist Spot

Antipolo offers the stunning Pinto Art Museum and serene Boso-Boso Church as top Aantipolo Rizal tourist spots. Nature lovers also flock to Hinulugang Taktak for its picturesque waterfall.

Antipolo is a haven for travelers seeking both cultural enlightenment and natural beauty. This city, perched on a plateau just east of Manila, boasts a diverse array of attractions catering to various interests.

Art aficionados appreciate the unique collections at Pinto Art Museum, which displays contemporary Filipino artwork in a Mediterranean-inspired garden setting. The historical Boso-Boso Church, with its old-world charm, attracts history buffs and photographers alike. Meanwhile, Hinulugang Taktak, once a popular summer get-away, remains a favorite for those in pursuit of tranquility and scenic views. Antipolo’s varied tourist spots ensure that every visit is memorable, offering a blend of art, history, and nature just a stone’s throw away from the bustling capital.

1. Antipolo Cathedral

Antipolo Cathedral

Discover the Antipolo Cathedral, a pivotal site in Philippine religious tourism, in the heart of Antipolo. This sacred haven not only captivates visitors with its spiritual significance but also offers a serene retreat amidst the bustling city life, making it a top destination for both pilgrims and tourists.

History And Significance

  • Establishment year: The cathedral’s foundation dates back to the 17th century, marking it as a significant historical edifice within the region.
  • Patroness: It houses the revered image of the Virgin of Antipolo, regarded as the patroness of travelers and seafarers.
  • Pilgrimage site: Every May, countless pilgrims flock to this church, partaking in a longstanding custom known as the “Alay Lakad” to pay homage to the Virgin.

Architectural Highlights

The Antipolo Cathedral is not only a place of worship but also a sight to behold due to its architectural splendor. Majestic arches and stained glass windows evoke a sense of awe, allowing one to reflect on the artistry that adorns this place of peace.

Spiritual And Community Importance

  • Religious events: The cathedral is a central figure for various religious events and celebrations that define the community’s spiritual calendar.
  • Cultural integration: As a religious hub, it has merged its spiritual role with social functions, becoming a crucial gathering place for the city’s inhabitants.

Visiting the Antipolo Cathedral offers not just a spiritual journey but also a chance to immerse oneself in the local culture and history. Antipolo rizal tourist spot is an essential stop that encapsulates the deeply-rooted faith and community spirit of this vibrant city.

2. Pinto Art Museum: A Cultural Haven

Pinto Art Museum

The Pinto Art Museum is a portal to a world where art and nature coalesce. This expansive space isn’t just about the visual delight; it’s an immersive experience that caters to the soul.

With its unique architectural design and multifarious artworks, it represents a sanctuary where every art enthusiast will find something to cherish.

Art Galleries And Collections

The Pinto Art Museum is home to a broad range of artistic expressions showcased across multiple gallery spaces:

  • Galleries and Halls: Each space within the museum is curated to spark curiosity and dialogue. The impressive variety of contemporary Filipino art housed here is both thought-provoking and visually stimulating.
  • Outdoor Installations: The museum grounds are dotted with sculptures and installations that seamlessly blend with the lush gardens, offering a sensory experience that elevates the aesthetic pleasure of your visit.

Architecture And Landscape

The museum’s architecture is a masterpiece in itself. It stands as an exquisite fusion of traditional and modern styles, creating an environment that enhances the art within and beyond its walls:

  • Mediterranean-inspired Structures: White-washed walls and terra cotta roofs evoke a sense of being in a Grecian isle, with an array of courtyards, patios, and gardens that invite contemplation and relaxation.
  • Natural Environment: Set against a backdrop of rolling hills and open skies, the museum’s setting is as integral to the experience as the art it displays. The interplay of natural light and shadow throughout the day adds another dimension to the artworks.

Educational Programs And Workshops

In its mission to promote art appreciation, Pinto Art Museum offers a variety of programs:

  • Workshops for All Ages: From painting to sculpture, the museum hosts workshops that encourage hands-on learning and creativity among visitors of all ages.
  • Artist Talks and Cultural Events: Engagements with artists and cultural practitioners provide deeper insights into the world of art, enriching the visitor’s journey.

Planning And Accessibility

Visiting Pinto Art Museum is an effortless adventure, thanks to its visitor-friendly offerings:

  • Accessibility Information: The museum provides necessary details for a comfortable visit, including operating hours, ticket prices, and guidelines for a seamless experience.
  • Amenities and Facilities: With its on-site café, ample parking, and well-appointed restrooms, the museum ensures your visit is as comfortable as it is culturally rewarding.

Exploring the Pinto Art Museum is like walking through a living tapestry of artistic expression. Every turn offers a new perspective, every piece tells a different story. It’s an art sanctuary that feeds the mind, warms the heart, and uplifts the spirit, making it a must-visit destination in Antipolo.

3. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens And Spa

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens

Escape to Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa in Antipolo for a serene retreat amid lush landscapes. Indulge in their therapeutic amenities, embracing tranquility and panoramic views of the cityscape.

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here, tranquility meets tradition, as visitors immerse themselves in what can only be described as an idyllic paradise, tailor-made for rejuvenation and relaxation.

This gem of a destination beckons all who seek a haven of peace amidst nature’s embrace.

The Genesis Of Luljetta’s

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa wasn’t just built; it was lovingly crafted with a vision of becoming a peaceful sanctuary. This enchanting destination sprouted from the passion of its founders for Filipino culture and wellness. It is a place where the history of Antipolo is honored, and the ancient traditions of Filipino healing are practiced and preserved.

Luljetta’s Unique Offerings

Before we delve into what makes Luljetta’s a unique retreat, let’s highlight some of its most captivating features:

  • Infinity Pools: The spa boasts several infinity pools that give an illusion of blending with the horizon. Take a dip and swim to the edge for a breathtaking view of the Antipolo landscape.
  • Holistic Spa Treatments: Experience traditional Filipino spa treatments that promise to soothe your body and spirit. From ‘Hilot’ to body scrubs using local organic ingredients, your senses are in for a treat.
  • Meditative Gardens: Stroll through the lush, tropical gardens. Every path leads to another space of quiet contemplation, infused with the harmonious sounds of nature.
  • Private Nooks: Discover secluded spots throughout the property, where you can relax in solitude or engage in peaceful conversation.
  • Hearty Filipino Cuisine: Your visit isn’t complete without a taste of the local fare. The garden’s cafe offers a variety of traditional Filipino dishes, bursting with familiar flavors and made with the freshest ingredients.

Plan Your Visit

When planning your trip to Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa, consider these tips to enhance your experience:

  • Best Time to Go: Visiting during weekdays can make for a less crowded experience. Mornings tend to offer cooler, more comfortable weather as well.
  • What to Bring: Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit, a good book, and your camera. Also, since it can be a bit cooler in the elevated areas of Antipolo, a light jacket may come in handy.
  • Duration of Stay: Many find that a full day is needed to truly enjoy and explore all aspects of the gardens and spa. However, if time is limited, a half-day visit can still provide a refreshing break.
  • Booking in Advance: It’s recommended to book your visit in advance, especially for spa treatments, to ensure availability.

Escape into the secluded bliss of Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa. It’s not just a place to visit, but a destination to experience, a rejuvenating journey that revitalizes the soul and renews the spirit. Your Antipolo adventure awaits, promising a peaceful respite unlike any other.

4. Hinulugang Taktak

Hinulugang Taktak

Discover Antipolo’s natural wonder at Hinulugang Taktak, a majestic waterfall park perfect for picnics and a must-visit destination for nature lovers. This refreshing retreat entices travelers with its serene ambiance and picturesque scenery in the heart of the city.

A Glimpse Into History

  • Story behind the name: According to folklore, the name ‘Hinulugang Taktak’ originates from an incident where townspeople flung a large bell into the river due to its intolerable loud sound.
  • National Park status: In 1990, the site was designated as a National Park, affirming its significance and ensuring its preservation for future generations.

Eco-tourism And Recreation

Tucked away from the urban noise, Hinulugang Taktak offers a refreshing eco-tourism experience. The park features a range of amenities cleverly designed to complement the natural aesthetics without imposing on the environment.

  • Picnic grounds: Delight in a leisurely picnic with family and friends amidst the backdrop of verdant foliage and the symphony of the waterfall.
  • Swimming area: Dive into the revitalized pool area, the centerpiece of this eco-park, offering a safe and clean bathing experience under the watchful surge of the falls.

Preserving Nature’s Gift

In an effort to protect its ecological value, Hinulugang Taktak has undergone restoration, transforming into an eco-friendly zone that promotes sustainability and community involvement.

  • Rehabilitation efforts: With initiatives to rehabilitate the water quality and surrounding areas, the falls have seen a significant improvement, securing its spot as an ecological haven.
  • Community programs: Engaging local initiatives aim to educate and empower residents and visitors alike on environmental conservation and responsible tourism.

Experience Antipolo’s Pride

Hinulugang Taktak isn’t merely a scenic spot; it’s an emblem of Antipolo’s heritage and commitment to nature. If you are immersed in the crisp pool waters or lounging by the verdant scape, this landmark encapsulates the city’s spirit in its purest form.

Come, witness the grandeur of Hinulugang Taktak and partake in the cherished experiences it offers – a delightful chapter in your Antipolo adventure.

5. Atv Ride At Sierra Madre

Atv Ride At Sierra Madre

Embark on an exhilarating ATV ride through Sierra Madre’s rugged landscapes, a highlight for thrill-seekers visiting Antipolo. This adventure spot offers breathtaking views and an adrenaline rush, solidifying Antipolo’s status as a diverse tourist destination.

What To Expect

Before revving up the engines, it’s essential to get acquainted with what lies ahead:

  • Full Briefing: Guests receive thorough instructions on operating the ATVs, ensuring safety is a top priority.
  • The Terrain: Be prepared to navigate through muddy paths, rocky inclines, and winding trails that challenge your off-road driving skills.

Gear Up For Safety

The ride is not only about thrill but also about your well-being:

  • Helmets and Pads: Safety gear is provided to all riders to minimize the risk of injuries.
  • Accompanied by Professionals: Expert guides lead the way, allowing you to explore worry-free and with assistance readily available.

A Scenic Adventure

As you tackle the Sierra Madre’s diverse landscapes, the experience is more than just excitement:

  • Flora and Fauna: Keep an eye out for exotic plants and wildlife native to the Philippine highlands.
  • Panoramic Views: Don’t forget to pause and soak in the breathtaking vistas across the mountain range.

Booking Your Ride

Ready to set off on this wild jaunt? Here’s how to lock in your spot:

  • Reservation Details: It’s best to book in advance, especially during peak seasons, to guarantee availability.
  • Group Options: If you’re flying solo or with a squad, the ATV ride caters to all group sizes.

Capture The Moment

This isn’t just a ride; it’s a memory in the making:

  • Mounted Cameras: You can rent cameras that attach to your helmet to record every second of your adventure.
  • Picture-Perfect Stops: Guides know all the scenic spots perfect for snapping that Instagram-worthy shot.

Gear up, open the throttle, and let the ATV engines roar as you make unforgettable memories on the scenic trails of the Sierra Madre. This thrilling journey on four wheels is a must-add to any Antipolo itinerary, promising a unique blend of adventure and natural beauty.

6. Mount Purro Nature Reserve

Mount Purro Nature Reserve

Escape to Mount Purro Nature Reserve, a serene Antipolo retreat in lush greenery. This eco-park offers a tranquil getaway with its forest trails and captivating views, ideal for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Balancing eco-tourism and conservation, it provides an uplifting escape into the arms of Mother Nature.

Rediscover Serenity: The Ambiance

  • Lush Surroundings: The nature reserve is a tapestry of rich flora and fauna, providing a vivid backdrop for relaxation and mindfulness.
  • Soothing Soundscape: Visitors immerse themselves in the comforting symphony of birds chirping, leaves rustling, and the soft whisper of the wind.

Mount Purro Nature Reserve is not only about scenic landscapes but also about engaging with an environment that promotes peace of mind. The ambiance reassures you that the simple joys of nature’s embrace are unparalleled.

Outdoor Activities: Fun Amidst Greenery

With an array of outdoor activities, Mount Purro promises adventure for everyone. The reserve’s commitment to sustainability ensures these activities are enjoyable yet respectful to the ecosystem.

  • Nature Hiking: Explore diverse trails that cater to both seasoned hikers and casual walkers.
  • Swimming: Take a refreshing dip in the cool, clear waters of the natural pools.

The invitation to engage in such immersive experiences is what makes a visit to Mount Purro an enriching chapter in anyone’s travel diary. Encouraging physical activity while offering spaces to unwind, the reserve strikes a perfect balance.

Accommodation Options: Stay In Harmony With Nature

Mount Purro Nature Reserve understands the need for comfortable lodgings to complement your eco-tourism experience. The offered accommodations are crafted to harmonize with the surrounding landscape, providing a comfortable yet authentic stay.

  • Cabins and Cottages: Choose from a variety of rustic cabins and cottages, each offering unique views of the natural splendor.
  • Camping Grounds: For those who seek a more direct encounter with nature, designated camping grounds allow for memorable nights under the stars.

Guests are not just booking a place to stay; they’re securing an opportunity to wake up to the gentle caress of nature each morning. Amenities are designed to enhance the serenity that Mount Purro exudes.

Environmental Stewardship: A Core Principle

The ethos of Mount Purro Nature Reserve revolves around environmental conservation and community upliftment. Here’s how the reserve embodies these ideals:

  • Reforestation Initiatives: Active reforestation efforts demonstrate the reserve’s commitment to revitalizing the local ecosystem.
  • Local Community Empowerment: Empowering the indigenous community through sustainable tourism practices ensures a positive impact.

Being a guest at Mount Purro means being a patron of a place where tourism and environmental care go hand in hand. Supporting their mission transcends beyond the visit, as it contributes to a greater cause.

7. Casa Santa Museum

Casa Santa Museum

Tucked away in the heart of Antipolo, Casa Santa Museum stands as a whimsical and enchanting experience waiting for visitors of all ages. This unique attraction, set within a hillside property, is renowned for its year-round Christmas vibe and an extensive collection of Santa Claus memorabilia.

Let the magic of yuletide wash over you any day of the year as you step into this festive world.

A Glimpse Into The Collection

  • Diverse Santa Figures: The museum houses over 3,000 different Santa Claus figures, each with its own charm and story, ranging from tiny trinkets to life-sized statues.
  • Themed Rooms: Visitors wander through tastefully decorated rooms, each with a distinct theme showcasing the many faces and traditions of Santa Claus globally.
  • Interactive Displays: Engage with a variety of interactive setups that enchant both children and adults, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Experience The Festivity

Celebrating Christmas all year round, Casa Santa Museum doesn’t just captivate with its numbers but also with the depth of its festive spirit. If it’s the ornaments, the twinkling lights, or the joyful background music, the museum immerses you in a wonderland that’s hard to leave behind.

A visit to Casa Santa is more than just sightseeing; it’s a dive into the heart of holiday cheer.

Ideal For Special Events

  • Venue for Celebrations: The museum doubles as a quirky and memorable venue for events, providing a backdrop that promises festive photographs and an upbeat atmosphere.
  • Educational Tours: For schools and organizations, educational tours are tailored to inspire and spread joy, encompassing the history of Christmas traditions.
  • Workshops: Seasonal workshops encourage visitors to get creative, offering hands-on activities such as ornament making and cookie decorating.

8. Enjoy A Private Staycation

Private Staycation

Escape the hustle and unwind in a secluded Antipolo staycation. Revel in tranquility amidst lush views and privacy, an idyllic retreat for travelers seeking a peaceful getaway.

Antipolo, perched on the verdant slopes of the Sierra Madre mountain range, offers a myriad of scenic locales and activities that captivate the urban escapee. Among its hidden gems is the option of a tranquil staycation – a coveted escape for those seeking privacy and serenity away from the bustling city life.

Enjoy A Private Staycation In Antipolo

Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of Antipolo’s private villas and resorts . Tucked away amidst lush greeneries and overlooking panoramic views, these havens of relaxation enable visitors to disconnect and recharge in the privacy of their own space.

  • Spacious accommodations: Each villa or resort offers generous living spaces that provide both comfort and exclusivity.
  • Personalized amenities: Expect top-notch amenities tailored to enhance your relaxation, from private pools to bespoke culinary experiences.
  • Proximity to nature: Revel in the embrace of nature’s quietude with nearby hiking trails and the soothing sounds of local wildlife.

The intimate setting of a staycation in Antipolo allows guests to luxuriate in personalized service and uninterrupted leisure time. This is the perfect recipe for a truly refreshing retreat, If it’s for a romantic getaway, a family bonding moment, or a solitary respite to catch up on some well-deserved rest.

9. Indulge In Good Food At Boutique Cafes

Boutique Cafes

Discover Antipolo’s hidden gems, where boutique cafes serve delectable treats in a cozy ambiance. Savor the city’s culinary delights and create unforgettable memories with every bite.

Venture into the heart of Antipolo’s culinary scene where the melding of flavors and the warmth of hospitable service defines a food lover’s haven. Here, boutique cafes don’t just serve meals; they curate dining experiences that feed the soul as much as they satisfy the palate.

Vibe At The Vinyl Cafe

At the heart of Antipolo’s boutique cafes is Vinyl Cafe—a haven for both music lovers and food enthusiasts alike. This quirky spot offers a retro escape, where the smooth sound of classic records complements their signature dishes.

  • Eclectic Menu: Offering a fusion of local and international cuisine, each dish is a melody of flavors tuned to perfection.
  • Record Collection: Browse through a vast collection of vintage records while waiting for your meal, transporting you to a different era.

A Bite Of Bliss At Eggs For Breakfast

Eggs for Breakfast tantalizes your taste buds early in the day with its selection of delectable all-day breakfast options. It’s more than just a meal; it’s a delightful way to start your exploration of Antipolo’s flavors.

  • All-day Breakfast: From the classic English breakfast to Filipino favorites, the choices are abundant and served throughout the day.
  • Serene Ambience: The cafe provides a tranquil setting for a peaceful morning feast.

Sip And Savor

Perched within the famous Pinto Art Museum, Pinto Cafe offers not only stunning views but also a menu that’s as artful as its surroundings. The synergy between art and dining here is indeed a masterpiece.

  • Artistic Presentation: Each plate is a canvas, with food elements painted into a visually stunning arrangement.
  • Local Ingredients: Highlighting fresh, local produce, this cafe supports sustainable dining and offers a true taste of Antipolo.

Gastronomic Journey

Tucked away amidst lush greenery, Burrow Cafe invites you to embark on a subterranean culinary adventure unlike any other. The atmosphere is only matched by the innovation found on your plate.

  • Underground Setting: Offering a unique dining experience hidden below ground level, surrounded by nature.
  • Creative Dishes: Menus that change with the season ensure every visit offers a new and exciting taste exploration.

Embrace the unique blend of flavors and ambiance that each boutique cafe in Antipolo presents. They’re not just eateries; they’re destinations in their own right, promising a memorable gastronomic journey that might just become the highlight of your visit.

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10. Pacem Eco Park

Pacem Eco Park

Tucked away in the bustling city of Antipolo is an oasis of calm that captivates both nature lovers and peace seekers alike. Pacem Eco Park sits as a green gem, rich with lush flora and offers a retreat from the urban chaos.

Let’s delve into what makes this park a must-visit destination on your Antipolo journey.

Discover The Flora And Fauna

The park is a living tapestry of biodiversity, hosting a variety of species that thrive within its grounds. Exploring Pacem Eco Park, you’ll find:

  • Awe-inspiring botanical gardens: Showcasing an extensive collection of plant species, each carefully tended and labeled for educational purposes.
  • Birdwatching hotspots: Home to an array of birds, from common local fowl to exotic species that perch amidst the treetops.

Engage With Educational Features

Pacem Eco Park isn’t just about relaxation; it offers rich educational experiences too. Visiting schools and families are often seen engaging with the various learning opportunities here.

  • Museum of Indigenous Artifacts: A captivating collection that offers insight into the cultural heritage of the Philippines.
  • Mini-zoo: An educational space where children can learn about different animals and their habitats in an interactive environment.

Experience The Serenity

The park is a perfect place for those seeking solitude and a moment of reflection. Stroll along its paths as you:

  • Encounter peaceful ponds: Ponds dotted across the eco park reflect the surrounding greenery and create a picture-perfect setting for contemplation.
  • Gaze at the majestic waterfall: Be soothed by the sound of cascading water that adds a rhythmic and tranquil soundtrack to the environment.

Take Part In Eco-friendly Activities

Pacem Eco Park supports sustainable tourism with activities that encourage environmental stewardship, including:

  • Recycled art installations: Structures and artworks throughout the park made from upcycled materials that inspire visitors to think about sustainability.
  • Tree planting programs: Participate in planting activities that contribute to the reforestation efforts and local ecosystem.

Enjoy Picnic With A View

After exploring the park’s many features, visitors often take a moment to relax and dine al fresco at one of the numerous scenic spots available.

  • Designated picnic areas: These spaces provide the ideal setting for a family feast or a quiet snack in nature’s embrace.

Unwind With Recreational Pursuits

For those looking to add a bit of light recreation to their visit, the park offers several options:

  • Nature trail hiking: Meander through marked trails that guide you through diverse landscapes and viewpoints within the eco park.

Discovering Pacem Eco Park is a journey through tranquility, nature’s beauty, and a deeper understanding of the environment that surrounds us. For those charting a course through Antipolo’s tourist spots, this serene haven is a chapter not to be missed.

11. Engage In Team-building Activity And Courses

Team-building

The Pinto Art Museum is a creative refuge that promises a rich cultural experience. Visitors can dive into contemporary art housed in Mediterranean-inspired galleries. The tranquil surroundings also provide the perfect setting for reflection and team-building exercises that encourage creativity.

Challenge Your Team

  • Outdoor high ropes course: Experience adrenaline-pumping fun high above the ground, designed to foster teamwork and trust among participants.
  • Group problem-solving activities: Engage in tasks that require collective brainstorming and strategic thinking, solidifying team bonds.

Discover The Thrill Of Atv Rides At Adventure Camp

Feel your pulse quicken as you navigate rough terrains with your team on all-terrain vehicles. This heart-thumping activity isn’t just about the speed; it’s about coordination and supporting each other through challenging tracks, creating memories that unite.

Unwind With Nature’s Serenity

  • Picnic areas for group gatherings: Revel in the simple joy of shared meals in the presence of the famous waterfalls, a perfect spot for casual team bonding.
  • Environmental appreciation tours: Immerse your group in learning about local flora and fauna, fostering a collective respect for nature.

Bond Over Paintball

Duck, weave, and strategize with your coworkers in an exhilarating paintball match. This thrilling game amplifies communication and camaraderie, translating into improved dynamics back in the office.

Test Limits At The Masungi Georeserve

  • Guided conservation walks: Not only a physical adventure, these walks are an opportunity to collectively appreciate and contribute to environmental stewardship.
  • Giant web-style nets and hanging bridges: Negotiating these obstacles requires synchronized effort and trust, key components of a solid team.

Culinary Challenge At Crescent Moon Café And Studio Pottery

Combine creativity with culinary skills at this unique café. Teams can partake in cooking competitions or pottery sessions, where cooperation and artistic expression go hand in hand for a memorable team-building experience.

12. Singalong Nature Campsite Hill

Nature Campsite Hill

Singalong Nature Campsite Hill offers an oasis of tranquility and a breath of fresh air for city-dwellers and nature enthusiasts alike. The hill stands as a testament to the beauty of the Philippine countryside, presenting an ideal locale for bonding with family and friends, or enjoying a moment of solitude surrounded by the wonders of nature.

Why Singalong Nature Campsite Hill Is Unique

The appeal of Singalong Nature Campsite Hill lies in its simple charm and the variety of experiences it offers:

  • Natural Landscape: The site boasts a panorama of rolling hills and verdant greenery, providing a perfect backdrop for photo enthusiasts and nature lovers.
  • Camping Facilities: Equipped with amenities for overnight stays, the campsite hill is ideal for adventurers looking to escape the hustle of urban life.
  • Accessibility: Despite its seemingly remote ambiance, the hill is conveniently accessible, making it a favored choice for spontaneous trips.

Activities To Enjoy

The experience at Singalong Nature Campsite Hill goes beyond just sightseeing. Here’s what you can indulge in:

  • Hiking and Exploring: Trek along well-marked trails and discover the local flora and fauna that call this place home.
  • Picnicking: Spread a blanket and enjoy a meal with a view; the hill provides numerous spots for a picturesque picnic setup.
  • Star Gazing: As night falls, the clear skies offer a mesmerizing celestial show, far from the city’s light pollution.

Amenities For Visitors

Singalong Nature Campsite Hill isn’t just about the views; it offers functional amenities to enhance your visit:

  • Rest Areas: Scattered across the campsite are rest areas where you can unwind and relish the peaceful environment.
  • Visitor Center: Information and assistance are readily available, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors.
  • Event Spaces: The campsite can host various events, from team-building exercises to intimate gatherings, all within nature’s embrace.

Before heading to Singalong Nature Campsite Hill, here are some tips to consider:

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season, typically from November to May, provides the ideal weather for outdoor activities.
  • What to Bring: Packing essentials like water, sunscreen, and insect repellent will keep you comfortable throughout your visit.
  • Stay Informed: It’s wise to check the latest travel advisories and campsite rules to ensure a hassle-free trip.

In a time when concrete jungles dominate, Singalong Nature Campsite Hill stands out as a sanctuary for those seeking a connection with nature. Its combination of accessibility, unique attributes, and range of activities make it an unmissable spot in Antipolo’s diverse array of tourist destinations.

If you’re looking for adventure or a peaceful retreat, this campsite hill promises an enriching and unforgettable experience.

13. Nelly’s Mystical Cave

Mystical Cave

Venture into the heart of Antipolo’s enchanting landscapes at Nelly’s Mystical Cave, a serene escapade steeped in local lore. This hidden gem beckons adventurers with its intriguing formations and tales, solidifying its status as a must-visit destination in Antipolo Rizal Tourist Spot.

Nelly’s Mystical Cave is a hidden gem waiting to be explored by those who dare to delve into its secrets. Let’s unearth the allure of this enigmatic cave together.

History Of Nelly’s Mystical Cave

Delve into the storied past of Nelly’s Mystical Cave, an enthralling destination discovered in the early 1970s. Its creator, Nelly, envisioned a place where spirituality and natural beauty intertwine. This cave is not just a geographical wonder but also a spiritual sanctuary, rich with tales of miraculous events and healing powers.

What To Expect Inside The Cave

  • Unique formations: Marvel at the variety of stalactites and stalagmites, each telling its own ancient story.
  • Religious significance: Experience the sense of tranquility that comes from the cave’s reverent atmosphere, adorned with religious icons and altars.
  • Cooling temperatures: Enjoy the natural air-conditioning provided by the cave’s subterranean environment, offering a respite from the tropical heat outside.

Tips For Visitors

Embarking on an adventure to Nelly’s Mystical Cave? Keep these helpful tips in mind for an optimal experience:

  • Wear comfortable shoes: Ensure a steady footing on the moist and uneven surfaces within the cave.
  • Bring a flashlight: Illuminate the darker corners and enhance the discovery of hidden details.
  • Respect the site: Remember to protect and preserve the sanctity of the cave for future explorers.

Photography In The Cave

Capture the enchanting beauty of Nelly’s Mystical Cave through your lens, but be prepared for challenging lighting conditions. The interplay of light and shadow within the cave calls for creativity and patience, enabling photographers to snap awe-inspiring shots that echo the mystical allure of this subterranean world.

Engaging Activities Around The Cave

  • Guided tours: Learn from local guides eager to share the cave’s mysteries and history.
  • Souvenir shopping: Take a piece of Antipolo home with you with unique, handcrafted mementos available at nearby stalls.
  • Local cuisine: Satisfy your hunger post-exploration with sumptuous traditional dishes offered by eateries in the vicinity.

Come be spellbound by Nelly’s Mystical Cave, a place where legends come to life and every corner holds an untold narrative. Let your curiosity guide you through the passages of this wondrous Antipolo attraction.

14. Bar Hopping On Marcos Highway

Bar Hopping

Discover the vibrant nightlife Antipolo offers with bar hopping adventures along Marcos Highway. The area is a go-to destination for energetic tourists seeking memorable evenings amid Antipolo’s scenic views.

Discover The Nightlife

When the sun dips below the horizon in Antipolo, the landscape transforms into a vibrant playground for nocturnal adventurers. Marcos Highway becomes a beacon for those in pursuit of an electrifying night out, with a plethora of bars that cater to every imaginable preference.

Here the rhythm of the city doesn’t slow down; it simply changes tempo, inviting visitors to explore its dynamic bar scene.

A Variety Of Themed Bars

Navigating through the neon-lit stretch, you’ll encounter:

  • Eclectic themes: Each establishment boasts a unique ambiance, promising an experience that transports you to a different world with every visit.
  • Music genres: Whether your taste runs to heart-thumping electronic beats or soothing acoustic sessions, there’s a spot that plays your soundtrack for the evening.

Nightfall never spells the end in Antipolo; in fact, it is just the beginning for spirited souls on Marcos Highway.

The Perfect Spot For Every Crowd

If you’re celebrating a special occasion or craving a casual drink after a long day, the array of bars along Marcos Highway caters to every type of gathering:

  • Intimate gatherings: Quiet corners for deep conversations over a bottle of wine.
  • Large group celebrations: Spacious venues with dance floors where you can let loose and groove to the DJ’s mix.

Embrace the unexpected as you hop from one bar to the next, finding the perfect spot that resonates with your vibe.

Sip And Savor: A Gastronomic Adventure

Bars here aren’t just about the drinks; they serve up culinary delights that tantalize your taste buds. It’s not only a bar hopping journey; it’s also a gastronomic adventure, where:

  • Signature cocktails: Discover concoctions that blend local flavors with classic spirits, creating a symphony in a glass.
  • Gourmet bites: Pair your beverage with sumptuous appetizers that elevate your bar experience to new heights.

In Antipolo, every sip and bite is an essential part of the soiree, merging the city’s rich flavors with its exuberant nightlife.

Safety And Convenience Combined

Cruising the bustling avenue, emphasis is placed on:

  • Safe transportation: Multiple options are available to ensure your night out is not only fun but also safe.
  • Strategic location: Situated close to other Antipolo attractions, it allows for a seamless transition from daytime exploration to nighttime revelry.

Marcos Highway offers both locals and visitors a chance to enjoy Antipolo’s nightlife with peace of mind, knowing that safety is a top priority.

15. Golfing

Golfing

Experience the lush greens of Antipolo’s premier golf courses, with picturesque views that attract enthusiasts and tourists alike. Discover a golfer’s haven within this charming city, perfect for a day of sport and scenic indulgence.

Antipolo’s Green: A Golfer’s Retreat

The meticulously manicured fairways beckon golf enthusiasts for an unparalleled experience. As golfers traverse these serene landscapes, the juxtaposition of challenging course design and the area’s natural beauty creates a memorable day on the greens.

Each swing is accompanied by the whispering of the wind through the surrounding foliage, offering a peaceful escape from the city’s bustle.

Choosing The Right Course

  • Variety of options:

Antipolo boasts several courses, each with its own unique characteristics and level of difficulty. If you’re a seasoned pro or a novice, you’ll find a course that matches your skill set.

  • Accessibility:

Conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from the metro, getting to your chosen golf course is a breeze, allowing for more time to enjoy the game and less time spent in transit.

Courses in Antipolo come equipped with modern facilities, providing golfers with everything needed for a full day’s outing. From clubhouses to pro shops, anticipate top-notch service.

Teeing Off With A View

Imagine standing on the tee box, the cool Antipolo air filling your lungs, as you prepare for your shot against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain vistas. Antipolo’s golf courses are not only about the game but also about the visual feast they offer.

The location’s elevation provides panoramic views that add a dramatic edge to every round of golf, making the experience about more than just the sport.

Golf Clinics And Lessons

  • Expert guidance:

For golfers looking to refine their skills, Antipolo’s golf spots provide access to seasoned instructors. The personalized coaching can help in ironing out the kinks in your swing or mastering the mental aspects of the game.

  • Youth programs:

Introduce the young ones to the joys of golf with junior clinics tailored to foster love and respect for the sport. These programs are designed to be fun and engaging, ensuring that children and teenagers have the best start in their golfing journey.

Membership Privileges

By securing a membership at one of the Antipolo’s prestigious golf clubs, you open the door to a myriad of benefits:

  • Exclusive access:

Members often enjoy priority booking for tee times and special access to members-only areas within the club, which enhances the overall golfing experience.

  • Golfing community:

Join a network of like-minded individuals who share your passion for the game. Being part of a golfing community allows for competitive play, social interactions, and the forging of lasting friendships on and off the course.

Embracing the fairway lifestyle in Antipolo means immersing oneself not only in the sport but also in an environment that champions the beauty of the Philippines. The harmony of world-class golfing facilities with the splendor of nature makes Antipolo a distinguished destination for golf aficionados.

If you’re perfecting your swing or simply relishing the tranquil surroundings, Antipolo’s golfing scene leaves a lasting impression on all who visit.

16. Nagpatong Rock Day Hike In Rizal

Rock Day Hike

Embark on an unforgettable Antipolo adventure with the Nagpatong Rock Day Hike—Rizal’s hidden gem for outdoor enthusiasts. Towering amidst lush landscapes, it offers panoramic views that captivate both seasoned hikers and casual visitors seeking a serene escape.

Adrenaline enthusiasts and nature lovers alike find solace and excitement at Nagpatong Rock—a towering structure that promises breathtaking views after a thrilling hike. For those gearing up to conquer its heights, let’s delve into what makes Nagpatong Rock a must-visit destination for day-trippers.

What To Expect On Your Ascent

Tackling the Nagpatong Rock involves a mix of adventure and awe as you traverse semi-rugged terrains toward the summit. The climb, suitable for beginner and intermediate hikers, takes you through lush greenery and offers intermittent peeks of the stunning landscape that surrounds.

Once you reach the peak, the panoramic vista of the Sierra Madre mountain range awaits, making the physical exertion all worthwhile.

Preparing For The Hike: Essentials And Tips

  • Appropriate attire: Choose breathable and moisture-wicking garments to remain comfortable throughout the hike.
  • Sturdy footwear: Invest in a good pair of hiking shoes to navigate the rocky and sometimes slippery paths.
  • Hydration: Always carry ample water to stay hydrated, especially on sunny days.
  • Snacks: Pack energy-boosting snacks like nuts or energy bars to keep your stamina up as you climb.
  • Sun protection: A hat and sunscreen are indispensable as the trail can be exposed, providing little shade.
  • Safety gear: If you’re trekking during a rainier season, a walking stick and non-slip gloves can add stability and confidence.

Embarking on your adventure fully prepared not only enhances your overall experience but also ensures a safe journey up and down the rock.

Best Time To Hike Nagpatong Rock

Planning your ascent is crucial, and timing can significantly affect your hiking experience. Ideally, you want to hit the trail early in the morning, when the air is cooler and the sun hasn’t reached its peak. This way, you evade the midday heat and can enjoy a leisurely pace.

The dryer months—typically from November to May—make for the most hiker-friendly conditions, with less risk of slippery paths and sudden rain showers.

Capturing The Moment: Photography Tips

The summit of Nagpatong Rock offers a picturesque backdrop for photographers. Here’s how to snag the perfect shot:

  • Golden hour glory: Time your hike so you can capture the golden hour—the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset when the light is redder and softer.
  • Battery check: Fully charge your devices the night before. The last thing you want is for your camera to die just as you’re about to capture the view.
  • Camera stability: Use a tripod or a rock to stabilize your camera for clear, sharp images, especially in the early or late low-light conditions.

With these tips, expect to return not only with memories but with striking photos that encapsulate the beauty of Nagpatong Rock.

Each step taken on the trails of Nagpatong Rock uncovers new sights and sounds, offering a day trip like no other. The mix of challenge and charm found in Rizal’s natural escape could easily become the highlight of your travel diary.

Ready to lace up your hiking boots? The rock awaits.

17. Laiban Circuit Day Hike In Rizal

Laiban Circuit

Embark on the Laiban Circuit Day Hike, a hidden gem in Antipolo, Rizal, for an immersive nature experience. This scenic hike offers travelers spectacular views and challenging trails, solidifying its status as a must-visit Antipolo tourist spot.

Embarking on a Laiban Circuit Day Hike promises an adventure where lush forests, local culture, and serenity converge, offering a respite from the urban sprawl of Metro Manila. This less-traveled path is a breath of fresh air for nature enthusiasts and trekkers alike, seeking solace and a bit of a challenge.

Planning Your Laiban Circuit Trip

Getting ready for the Laiban Circuit hike involves a bit of preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Let’s go through what you’ll need for this journey:

  • Proper gear: Pack light but bring essentials such as sturdy hiking boots, water, snacks, and a first-aid kit.
  • Permit requirements: Ensure you secure any necessary permits or clearances from local authorities before setting off.
  • Local guides: Consider hiring a local guide for their invaluable knowledge and support to navigate the trails.

The Hiking Experience

As you embark on the Laiban Circuit hike, expect a blend of challenging and rewarding moments that connect you closer to nature. The trail is a vibrant tapestry of flora and fauna that leads to stunning vistas:

  • Terrain: Be prepared for a mix of steep inclines and relaxed flat areas.
  • Wildlife sightings: Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of bird species and other local wildlife that call this area home.
  • Scenic viewpoints: Don’t forget your camera, as there will be numerous opportunities to capture the breathtaking scenery.

After The Hike Activities

Completing the day hike is only part of the adventure. Rizal offers an array of post-hike activities to complement your experience:

  • Enjoy the local cuisine: Reward yourself with a hearty meal at one of the nearby eateries serving local delicacies.
  • Soak in the culture: Take some time to interact with the locals and learn about their traditions and way of life.
  • Visit other attractions: Complete your trip by exploring other tourist spots in Rizal, each with its own unique charm.

Conservation And Respect

While enjoying the splendor of Laiban Circuit, it is crucial to practice responsible tourism to preserve its natural beauty for future generations:

  • Leave no trace: Make sure to carry out all trash and belongings to maintain the cleanliness of the trail.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe animals from a distance and do not disturb their natural habitat.
  • Support the community: Engaging with and purchasing from local businesses helps sustain the local economy.

By adhering to these guidelines and embracing the essence of ecotourism, your visit to Laiban Circuit not only becomes a memorable journey but also a contribution to sustainable travel practices. So lace up those boots and get ready for a day of exploration amidst the untouched beauty of Rizal!

Sample Antipolo & Rizal Itinerary

Rizal Itinerary

Explore the charm of Antipolo and uncover Rizal’s hidden gems with our curated itinerary. Dive into scenic views and cultural sites, perfect for weekend adventurers and history enthusiasts looking to experience Antipolo tourist spots.

Antipolo boasts a wealth of cultural heritage and natural beauty, making it a favored escape for those seeking a quick respite from the city buzz. Crafting a journey through Rizal’s pride, Antipolo, offers a blend of religious significance, artistic encounters, and eco-adventures.

Let’s delve into an ideal itinerary that embraces the essence of what Antipolo and neighboring areas offer.

Sample 1-day Antipolo & Rizal Itinerary

For those with only a day to spare, Antipolo offers a snapshot of its highlights without the need to rush. The key is to start early and map out destinations that are close to each other.

  • Morning Visit to Pinto Art Museum:
  • Kick off the day with art and culture at the Pinto Art Museum, a sanctuary for modern and contemporary art housed in a sprawling garden setting.
  • Lunch at a Local Eatery:
  • Savor local flavors at roadside eateries or cafes that serve up Antipolo’s famous delicacies like suman (rice cake) and cashew nuts.
  • Afternoon Hike at Hinulugang Taktak:
  • Post-lunch activity can be a light trek to the Hinulugang Taktak National Park, where a stunning waterfall awaits for a refreshing experience.

Sample 2-day Antipolo & Rizal Itinerary

Two days in the area allow for an immersive experience without the pressure of cramming too many sights. Strike a balance with nature and cultural sites.

A more drawn-out stay in the region lets you explore at a leisurely pace. Visit the Antipolo Cathedral on your first morning to experience the spiritual side, before heading out to the hills. Relish some locally grown coffee as you enjoy the panoramic views from Cloud 9 Hotel & Resort.

On your second day, venture wider into Rizal – visit the pictorial Daranak Falls, and possibly trek up Mt. Binacayan for a challenging yet rewarding view.

Tips For Creating Your Own Itinerary

Crafting your travel journey demands both flexibility and research. Here’s what to keep in mind:

  • Prioritize According to Interests:
  • Focus on places that align with your passions, be it nature, history, or food.
  • Allocate Sufficient Time:
  • Allow a buffer in your schedule for spontaneous explorations or extended stays at spots that intrigue you.
  • Consider Travel Logistics:
  • Keep in mind the distances between locations and traffic conditions typical of the area.

Seize the moment with the allure of Antipolo’s bustling marketplaces, hidden gems, and eateries that will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds. Remember, the beauty of travel is in the discovery, not just the destination itself. If you’re a seasoned wanderer or a weekend road-tripper, an excursion through Antipolo’s landscapes and cultural tapestry promises an enriching experience.

Craft your itinerary thoughtfully, and Antipolo will unveil its charms, one memorable spot at a time.

Overnight Antipolo Itinerary (2 Days & 1 Night)

Overnight Antipolo

Explore the stunning vistas of Antipolo’s tourist spots with a curated 2-day itinerary. Dive into its cultural landmarks and scenic attractions, perfect for an enriching overnight stay.

When planning a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, Antipolo offers a refreshing escape with its scenic views and rich cultural heritage. Ready for an adventure that combines relaxation and exploration? Let’s dive into a sample overnight itinerary tailor-made to experience the best of Antipolo in 2 days and 1 night.

Day 1: Arrival And Exploration

After settling into your chosen accommodation, it’s time to embrace the local scene:

  • Pinto Art Museum: This sanctuary of contemporary art is nestled amidst lush gardens. Wander through galleries showcasing a fusion of indigenous and modern pieces.
  • Hinulugang Taktak: Refresh in the revitalized park and waterfall area. A perfect spot to unwind and snap a few memorable photos.

Night 1: Antipolo’s Night Scene

As dusk falls, Antipolo’s nightlife starts to shimmer:

  • Crescent Moon Café and Studio Pottery: Savor a sumptuous dinner in this artistic enclave. Known for its Southeast Asian-inspired dishes and handcrafted ceramics.
  • Padi’s Point: Cap off the night with panoramic city views. Enjoy a drink while basking in the cool mountain breeze.

Day 2: Nature And Reflection

Embrace the serenity of Antipolo’s natural surroundings:

  • Mount Purro Nature Reserve: Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the forests with a morning hike. The reserve offers a chance to reconnect with nature and promote environmental mindfulness.
  • Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: Before heading home, visit this architectural marvel. The church’s unique design and peaceful ambiance provide a moment of reflection.

Embark on this overnight journey through Antipolo and create memories that linger long after you’ve returned to the daily grind. If it’s the art that captivates, nature that rejuvenates, or the culinary delights that tantalize your taste buds, Antipolo promises an itinerary as diverse as its landscape.

Rizal Itinerary (3 Days & 2 Nights)

Explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Antipolo with our curated 3-day itinerary. Discover hidden gems and popular Antipolo tourist spots, ranging from majestic waterfalls to historic churches, ensuring a memorable adventure through this picturesque city. Perfect for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike, this compact travel plan is your gateway to enjoying Antipolo’s charms to the fullest.

Ready to uncover the magic of Antipolo and the Rizal province? This bespoke 3-day and 2-night itinerary serves as your ultimate travel blueprint, showcasing the best experiences that Antipolo has to offer. If you’re a nature lover, history buff, or simply in pursuit of a relaxing escape, this guide promises a memorable journey steeped in natural beauty and cultural richness.

Day 1: Arrival And Antipolo Cathedral

Start your exciting adventure with a spiritual touch. The Antipolo Cathedral, also known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, beckons pilgrims and tourists alike. Its storied walls and serene ambiance provide a perfect refuge from the hustle of travel.

  • Morning visit to Antipolo Cathedral: Immerse in the peaceful reverence and admire the sacred artifacts.
  • Lunch at local dining spots: Energize with Antipolo’s culinary delights, famous for their mangoes and cashew nuts.
  • Afternoon relaxation at a resort: Choose from numerous resorts in Antipolo for a refreshing dip in their pools.

Day 2: Art, Views, And Waterfalls

The second day is a balanced palette of artistry and nature. Hinulugang Taktak and Pinto Art Museum represent the crux of Antipolo’s allure, where cultural treasures and ecological wonders gracefully coincide.

  • Hinulugang Taktak: Begin with a trip to these iconic falls, which have been a source of pride for locals for generations.
  • Pinto Art Museum: A treasure trove of contemporary artwork, this museum is not just a feast for the eyes but also a sanctuary for the soul.

Day 3: Nature’s Finale And Departure

On your last day, let nature’s splendor be your parting gift. Mornings at the Masungi Georeserve are nothing short of extraordinary, with a symphony of wildlife welcoming you at dawn.

  • Masungi Georeserve in the morning: Traverse the conservation area famed for its karst terrain and natural sculptures.
  • Local souvenir shopping: Before heading home, collect mementos of your trip from various shops offering locally made products.
  • Evening departure: Conclude your trip with a heart full of memories and a promise to return to explore more of Antipolo’s hidden gems.

Embrace this comprehensive Antipolo travel itinerary and glide through an effortless, enriching excursion that appreciates every moment. Adventure awaits in the heart of Rizal!

Frequently Asked Questions On Antipolo Tourist Spot

What are popular antipolo tourist attractions.

Antipolo is renowned for its natural landscapes and religious sites. Top attractions include Pinto Art Museum, Hinulugang Taktak waterfalls, and the Antipolo Cathedral. Each spot offers a unique experience, from art appreciation to spiritual visits and nature trips.

Can You Swim At Hinulugang Taktak?

Yes, you can swim at Hinulugang Taktak, but it is advisable to check the water quality beforehand. The government has worked to rehabilitate the area, and there are designated swimming spots for visitors to enjoy the natural pool.

How To Reach Pinto Art Museum?

Pinto Art Museum is accessible via public transportation or private vehicle. From Metro Manila, you can take a jeepney or FX bound for Antipolo, then a tricycle directly to the museum. It’s a must-visit for art lovers and culture enthusiasts.

Is Antipolo Cathedral Worth Visiting?

Absolutely, Antipolo Cathedral is a significant religious and historical site. It is the home of the revered Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and attracts pilgrims year-round. Its peaceful and solemn atmosphere is perfect for reflection and worship.

Antipolo offers a rich tapestry of culture and adventure. Its spots charm both the eye and spirit, promising unforgettable memories. Whether craving nature, history, or gastronomic delights, this city delivers. Discover the magic of Antipolo on your next journey. Explore, indulge, and let its beauty captivate your heart.

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Explore the Best of Rizal Province

Rizal province has long been known for its many spectacular attractions that have offered its visitors moments of adventure and leisure they won't soon forget..

Explore the Best of Rizal Province

Panoramic View of Wawa Dam - Montalban, Rizal

Rizal Province has long been known for its many spectacular attractions that have offered its visitors moments of adventure and leisure they won't soon forget. 

Rizal is a province located in the CALABARZON, just 16 kilometers east of Manila. The province was named after the country's national hero, José Rizal.

The province is bordered by Metro Manila to the west, the province of Bulacan to the north, Quezon to the east and Laguna Province to the south. The province also lies on the northern shores of Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country.

Rizal is a mountainous province perched on the western slopes of the southern portion of the Sierra Madre mountain range. Antipolo boasts of a wonderful view of Metro Manila and it is where Hinulugang Taktak, a waterfall popular with tourists, can be found.

Rizal is also one of  the provinces in the region that is abundant with natural wonders and artistic attractions. This is why the province is mostly visited by the tourists.

Rizal Province is endowed with Type 1 climate, with two pronounced seasons, dry season from November to April and wet season for the rest of the year. This type of climate is highly favorable for agricultural and industrial development to be productive.

People and Community

The province is inhabited mostly by Tagalogs. Minority of other ethnic groups are Visayas, Ilocanos, and other local groups. It has a population of 2,284.046 with a labor force consisting of 1,272,000 or 55.7% of the total population. Its people are its number one resource, known to be consummate artists and craftsmen. The literacy rate is 100%. The primary dialect is tagalog with english as the second language.

Natural Attractions

  • Daranak Falls , Brgy. Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal

A favorite location shooting area of most local and international movies and advertising outfits in the country, Daranak Falls nestles quietly at the foot of the Tanay mountains, preserved with the natural vegetation, complemented with beautiful waterfalls, ponds and rivers cascading through elaborate tropical trees and plants. This 14-meter high falls is truly a refreshing site.

  • Batlag Falls , Tanay, Rizal

Further up the mountain, a smaller yet enchanting falls called Batlag Falls will transport you to another natural paradise. Swimming in the cool and flowing water of the falls around a forested vicinity will truly inspire people to preserve and protect nature’s wonders.

  • Talim Island, Binangonan, Rizal

It is the island where 17 coastal barangays of the municipality of Binangonan are located. They are situated along the shores of Laguna de Bay where traditional fresh water fishing is a thriving industry.

  • Overlooking View, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City

An area on top of a hill along Sumulong Highway where one can have a splendid view of the metropolis. There are several restaurants and bars that serve as a haven for people who like to unwind and savor the beautiful scenery below it.

  • Pililla View Area, Sitio Bugarin, Pililla, Rizal

Located along the a winding mountain road stretching 2 kilometers along Sitio Bugarin, this viewing area is on top of a mountain overlooking Laguna Lake and the horizon outlines of Mt. Makiling and Mt. Banahaw.

  • Susong Dalaga, Brgy. Sapang, Talim Island, Binangonan, Rizal

A 200 meter-high mountain which is considered by the locals to be shaped like a lady’s breast. A trek to this mountain challenges the grit, perseverance and physical stamina of hikers. From this vantage point, a feeling of “being high” comes by looking at the scenic Laguna Lake and its breathtaking surroundings.

  • Uugong Arts and Cultural Park, Brgy. Bombongan, Morong, Rizal

Owned by Rafael Pacheco where he conducts his art workshops, demonstrations and lectures. It is also a perfect hide-away from the maddening crowd of the metropolis and as a nature sanctuary. One can enjoy a three-in-one view of the Morong town with its four-centuries old bell tower.

  • Hinulugang Taktak , Taktak Road, Antipolo City

The town of Antipolo is well-renowned as the host of Hinulugang Taktak Falls. This mountain resort has picnic cottages, a swimming pool, artificial paths and steps to view the environs and the waterfalls. The month of May attracts thousands of visitors to watch concerts and plays, along with popular activities in the city such as a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, picnics, shopping for native delicacies and dining at native restaurants.

Cultural Attractions

  • Petroglyphs , Binangonan and Angono, Rizal

Discovered by National Artist and acclaimed muralist from Angono, Carlos “Botong” Francisco in 1965, this cultural heritage site date back to circa 3000 B.C. or the stone age and is the most ancient Filipino or more aptly, the prehistoric Filipino work of art. The site is famous for its rock engravings consisting of 127 drawings of human and animal figures. Previous archaeological finds yielded fragments of earthenware, obsidian flakes and shells. The Petroglyphs site has been included in the World’s Inventory of the Rock Art, through the auspices of UNESCO, ICCROM, and ICOMOS. In 1996, it was declared as a national cultural treasure by Presidential Decree 260. It received the greatest recognition when it was named as one of the “100 Most Endangered Sites of the World” by the World Monuments Watch List. The preservation of the Petroglyphs was a collective effort of the National Museum of the Philippines, World Monument Watch Fund, American Express International, the Department of Tourism and Antipolo Properties, Inc. It is managed by the National Museum of the Philippines.

  • Artists Village of Angono

The town of Angono is known for the Higantes Festival and for its admirable artworks of extraordinarily talented artists. It is the home town of the two great National Artists of the Philippines, Carlos “Botong” Francisco for visual arts and Maestro and Lucio San Pedro for music, who have inspired generations of artists to create numerous works in varied styles of artistic expressions

There are a number of art galleries and studios within the town which makes Angono the Art Capital of the Philippines. These are the Blanco Family Museum, Nemiranda Arthouse & Gallery, Tiamson Art Gallery, Ang Nuno Artists Foundation Gallery, Village Artists Gallery, Juban Studios, Vicente Reyes Art Studio, the Second Gallery and the Angono Ateliers Gallery.

  • Nemiranda Arthouse and Gallery , Dona Justa Subd., Angono, Rizal

The gallery houses the collection of the paintings and sculptures of artist Nemiranda and his family, in the style of figurative realism, of his artworks, portraying rural life and folklore art. Also available are lectures, guided tours and painting workshops.

  • Tiamson Art Gallery, 203 Dona Nieves St., Brgy. Sto. Nino, Angono, Rizal

The art gallery houses the various artworks of painter, musician and transmedia artist Orville DR Tiamson. His style ranges from the conventional to the new age and he has experimented in various artistic presentations, including drawings on paper, oil, acrylic, paintings on canvas, mixed media collages and constructions, installations, performances, music and sound works.

  • Ang Nuno Artists Foundation Gallery, Don Francisco St., Dona Justa Subd., Angono, Rizal

This charming restaurant cum art gallery owned by Luzviminda Vocalan, wife of the late artist Perdigon Vocalan, is popular among local and foreign tourists. It offers a hearty welcome to guests and treats them to different kinds of native food and exotic cuisine that have proven to be interesting to patrons.

  • Vicente Reyes Studio, Dona Aurora St., Brgy. Poblacion, Angono, Rizal

One of the most prolific and talented students of the late National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Vicente Reyes has his own studio that houses his artworks and masterpieces.

  • Vicente Manansala Historical Shrine, 73 Gloria St., San Carlos Heights Subd. Binangonan, Rizal

Declared by the National Historical Institute as a historical landmark in June, 1978, it now houses the memorabilia of National Artist Vicente Manansala. It also features some of his well-preserved original paintings and personal memorabilia.

  • Rafael Pacheco Finger Painting Gallery, Brgy. Bombongan, Morong, Rizal

Rafael Pacheco, the artist, has a unique way of expressing his artistic talent – he uses his bare fingers, knuckles and palms to complete a masterpiece in 20 minutes, mainly flora, fauna and underwater life.

  • Tariki Dance, Tanay, Rizal

The Tariki Dance was copied and adopted by the locals from the movements of “tariki” birds seen hopping from one bundle of palay to another. It is performed by five pairs of boys and girls dressed in white shirts and pants and blouses and skirts, respectively.

  • World Sikaran/Arnis Brotherhood of the Philippines, 20 Katipunan St., Baras, Rizal

Sikaran/Arnis is a foot game/sword play and is a combination of two kinds of martial arts that are uniquely Filipino. In Sikaran, the players move around like boxers. Each one aims to knock his opponent down by kicking the latter’s legs. The kicks are delivered with considerable force and agility, and sudden upward and backward movements of the foot. The use of the feet is necessary in winning over the opponent; thus, the name “sikaran” which means “to kick” came about. In arnis, the players use rattan or a wooden stick and strike each other’s sticks. The player who is able to touch his opponent’s body first with the point of his wooden stick or force him to drop his weapon is declared winner.

  • Angono Forest Park, Angono, Rizal

A 1.5 hectare of land profuse with high rising trees and shrubs which is the perfect site for camping and outdoor environmental and recreational activities. The place is also a good venue for meetings, gatherings and other occasions.

  • Blanco Family Museum, 312 Ibanez St., Sto. Nino, Angono, Rizal

This family of prolific painters welcomes visitors to their private museum housing their vast collection of artworks. The head of the clan, renowned artist Jose D. Blanco, has obviously handed down to his many children his great creativity and talent.

Man-Made Attractions

  • Hamaka Park, Along the National Road, Antipolo City

Named after the term hamaka or hammock. For the many years past, this was the means of transporting ladies on their way to the pilgrimage site of Nuestra Senora dela Paz y Buenviaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage). The hammock was borne by two men who hike up and down the hilly terrain of Antipolo with their precious cargo comfortably settled in the hamaka.

  • Pamitinan Cave and Wawa Dam , Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal

Pamitinan Cave is a historic site. It is where Andres Bonifacio, together with other 8 katipuneros declared independence from Spain on April 12, 1895, a year before the start of the Philippine revolution. The cave still bears the inscription of Andres Bonifacio and his followers: “Viva la Independencia Filipinas”

Wawa Dam is located at the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains. It supplies water to parts of the metropolis, passing through large pipes. It has a beautiful gorge which lies between two limestone mountains. Four caves are said to have been inhabited by the Japanese soldiers during the Second World War. Wawa Dam is a key ecotourism site in the Southern Tagalog region.

Special Interest

  • Valley Golf and Country Club, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City

The land area, terrain and topography of the valley meet the criteria for a standard championship golf course. The clubhouse is the venue for special events and fellowship of club members and guests.

  • East Ridge Golf Club, Binangonan, Rizal

Sprawled on an exciting vista of mountain ridges, rolling hills and ravines, the 18-hole par 72 championship course spans eighty hectares of an exciting golfing challenge.

ART APPRECIATION TOURS

Angono, Binangonan, Tanay and Morong abound with art galleries and artist havens where traditional and contemporary paintings and masterpieces are arrayed. A visitor imbibes the culture and artistic genius of the Filipino. The galleries of Vicente Manansala in Binangonan; the galleries of Blanco and Nemiranda in Angono; the Pacheco Gallery in Morong. The Antipolo and Angono Art Galleries are excellent sources of artworks by the artists of Rizal.

Rizal province is well known for its bountiful harvest of fruits and the rich bounty of freshwater catch from Laguna de Bay.

Many native-styled restaurants rise above fishponds and beneath shaded groves, serving fresh fish, cooked to specifications.

Cainta is famous for coco jam, a sticky-sweet concoction. In summer, the stalls around the Cathedral of Antipolo sell hot cashew nuts, suman, a delicacy of sticky rice rolled and wrapped in coconut fronds and a variety of summer fruits like mangoes, duhat and sineguelas.

List of Churches

  • Catholic Churches
  • Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ)
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • The Messiah Community Church
  • Greenhills Christian Church
  • United Methodist Church
  • Church So Blessed ( Antipolo, Binangonan, Masinag, Tanay and 2 in Taytay)
  • Christ's Commission Fellowship Taytay

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  Cardona, Rizal

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Tanay, Rizal

Accommodations

Here is the list of hotels and resorts near in the province.

  • Loreland Farm Resort 

Location: Sitio Loreland, Barangay San Roque, Antipolo City, Antipolo / Rizal, Manila, Philippines

  • Seven Suites Hotel Observatory 

Location: Hollywood Hills Sumulong Highway, Antipolo / Rizal, Manila, Philippines

  • Thunderbird Resorts - Rizal 

Location: Eastridge Avenue, Binangonan, Antipolo / Rizal, Manila, Philippines

  • Villa Jhoana Resort 

Location: Ibanez St., Angono, Rizal, Antipolo / Rizal, Manila, Philippines

How to get there

  • The province of Rizal is 110 kilometers south of Manila. It is accessible by land transportation from Metro Manila and the neighboring provinces of Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon
  • Buses, varied public utility vehicles and the metro rail system with stations at Crossing/EDSA in Mandaluyong City, Robinson’s Galleria in Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City and Farmer’s Market in Cubao, Quezon City ply the routes to Antipolo, Taytay, Cainta, Binangonan, Angono, Tanay and other towns in Rizal
  • Touring around the town or from one city to another city, jeepneys and tricycles are available as a mode of transportation.
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    From the picturesque view of Metro Manila's skyline, famous pilgrimage spots, and interesting cafes, Antipolo City in Rizal remains a charming destination for couples or barkadas who seek a quick escape from the busy city life. 🌆 Much to the surprise of first-time visitors, Rizal is filled with overlooking restaurants, amazing waterfalls, unique places to visit, and even r elaxing ...

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