Minalungao National Park (Nueva Ecija)

MINALUNGAO. I heard of this tourist place just last year and when I found out that it wasn't really a long drive (not that I know how to drive or anything because I don't/can't lol), I immediately shared a post about it to our family's group chat. I was hoping they'd get the hint that it was an awesome place and that I lowkey wanted to go there but as expected, I was seenzoned. None of them replied so I took it as a NO. LOL

I guess it was after a month when we finally went there. It was a spontaneous trip for my mama's birthday last January! Actually, this post is one of  my backlogs and should have been posted 4 months ago. hahaha But, NO PRESSURE! Here's what happened:

It was just an hour and a half drive from Victoria, Tarlac to Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija so it was less hassle especially that it was not an entirely sunny day. 

Entrance fee is P50 per head.
No fee for parking since the place is spacious enough, I guess. Some kids will offer to look out for your cars/motorbikes. The payment for it depends on you since they will not demand any price.

After we parked, we decided to eat first. There's a canteen in the place but we have our baon with us so we just had to find a cottage. 

Cottages range from 200-500.
200 - near the entrance, souvenir shops and canteen
250 (small) and 500 (big) for BAMBOO RAFTS along the Penarada River

Since it was a very spontaneous trip, we just brought our supposed lunch from home and chose the cottage near souvenir shops instead of bamboo rafts. We didn't swim and we did not stay for long after some activities at the park. Luckily, a lady from the S Shop agreed to watch our stuff for us and got us a tourist guide. You don't have to worry about the fee for the guide since they told us they do not demand a specific price. It is really up to you. They are really kind. Our tourist guide was ate Rona. She's not really the guide who will talk about the place but of course, I had to ask a lot of questions to squeeze out trivia and information from her hehehe. She was really kind and a bit shy.

We crossed a long bridge and hiked thousand steps to reach the top of the mountain and to get a view of the river and the park. It wasn't really that challenging and hard since the view is amazing and there is already a path to follow. Just make sure to bring your camera with you. There's a big cross at the top but I was saving battery life so I wasn't able to take a picture. I just used my phone to take a video of it.

I am just so fascinated by these rock formations. I was actually expecting a green Penarada River but since it was after a rainy day, the river's color was different. It's looking like a creamy one. MILKnalungao, it is! This was our view while we were on our way to the cave. We went inside and saw a lot of stalactites and stalagmites!

After all the hikings, my brother and I decided to try the zipline. The fee is 100 per head. I used my phone to record myself! hahaha You can watch our quick getaway to Minalungao National Park here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA0VRu6aKok&t=178s

That's it! It was a very fun day for adventures! If you're a nature lover, you'll definitely enjoy this place although there's nothing much to do! Hahaha BTW, it's a bit crowded during the weekends so try to go on weekdays.  It's a good place for relaxation and simply chilling. :)


  1. Nice pictures. Pl do indicate the country too when you write about a place. did you see any animals and or birds?

  2. Wow, another post about Minalungao in one afternoon! This place must be gaining a lot in popularity. I think this is worth a daytrip with the family. The cool running river is so tempting to take a dip in.

  3. Really nice pictures. Looks like a great place. I love going for a walk in the forest. A national park could do as well. Always so peaceful and beautiful. xx corinne

  4. I seem to have commented about this, but I think the pictures here are different. The bamboo raft ride looks awesome. Again did you see any animals?

  5. Definitely something to do for a relaxing day. :) Wouldn't mind to do the hike too! :)

  6. It's nice that the path to hiking didn't look dangerous or scary at all. Would you know why the water is greenish? It's almost like green tea. :)

  7. It is one of my dreams to go to Philippines, every post I see with all those beautiful places, delicious foods, they all make me want this even more. Your pictures are so beautiful! I felt like I was walking by your side.

  8. It looks so fun exploring the river in bamboo rafts. The river looks so scenic and it's also nice they have a lot of activities available.

  9. This looks like such a beautiful, serene place! I would definitely love to take some photos here one day.

  10. great post here. nueva ecija is just a ride away from me considering i came from pampanga. ready your post made me want to visit this place soon hope the rainy season won't affect my schedule. this could be a really fun adventure.. possibly for soul seaching as well or solo travel. :)


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