After almost three years since the coronavirus pandemic has severely affected not just the Philippines but the whole world as well, almost every country now is slowly making its way in recovery. Most, if not all, countries have now reopened their doors to their tourists, including the Philippines after being placed under Alert Level 1 or the most relaxed measure that allows all businesses and transportation back in full operation. Having said that, it can now be observed that the country is embracing now the so-called, “new normal,” where everyone appears ready to move forward with the pandemic. Almost everyone now can finally now go outside their condominiums and house and lots after being stuck for so long. However, most of us have not yet been able to move on from the pandemic and are still physically and mentally drained, because technically we’re still in a pandemic. But luckily, there are different places to visit in Rizal to help you unwind and breathe life back into your tired soul, thanks to its beautiful and breathtaking nature farms. You can choose from different nature park in Rizal for your next trip. Understandably, we are also trying to recover financially so it would be best to try to travel first locally before going out of the country if you’re still recovering financially. Considering its proximity to Metro Manila, you might also want to consider checking out some house and lots from Bria Homes available in Rizal for a good investment.
Below are some places to visit in Rizal if you’re tired of being at home all day to help you reconnect with nature. However, keep in mind that some local government units within Rizal may still not allow visitors so before you go to a certain nature park in Rizal, make sure first to know if the said park is available to visitors.
1. Daranak Falls and Calinawan Cave
In case you’re still not aware, there is a town not far from the busy life of Metro Manila where a lot is to be seen and enjoyed. Only a few hours away from Manila is the town of Tanay in Rizal where you can find Daranak Falls and Calinawan Cave, the two most popular places to visit in Rizal, especially if you’re up for an adventure. Tanay may not be known for its famous white sand beaches but they sure have a lot of other things to offer which will surely soothe not just your eyes but will also give you a rest for your soul. Most people don’t realize this, but being one with nature is a very effective way to destress and shake all of the anxieties and negativity of the body. Take this opportunity to visit Tanay and give yourself a chance to reflect and freshen up your perspectives.
Calinawan cave is a series of caves which can be found in Barangay Tandang Kutyo in Tanay, Rizal. The cave itself is rich in history because it was used as a hideout by Filipinos during World War II. It is situated near Daranak falls, only about 3.5 kilometers distance.
After exploring the impressive caves, you can try trekking to breathtaking waterfalls and visiting numerous sightseeing spots. Climb the side of the falls and jump into the waters beneath Daranak Falls after the tiring trails of Calinawan cave. Daranak falls is 14-meters tall and laid at the foot of the Tanay mountains. It is the perfect place for a peaceful nature trip. It offers tranquility that no other place could give you. Just by hearing the sound of the waters relentlessly pouring down, the chirping of the birds, and the wind blowing through your ears, you can’t help but just be in awe of God’s gifts and just be there and be lost in time. If Daranak falls is not enough for you, don’t worry Batlag Falls is waiting for you, just a few climbs away.
2. SunFlora Farm in Jala-Jala
The Sunflora Farm at Jala-Jala Rizal is definitely among the places to visit in Rizal. Another peaceful place where you can just breathe fresh air, relax your mind, and calm your soul. Exhale all your burdens in this place and inhale only all the positivity that this place gives. It is known that sunflowers are a symbol of positivity and happiness, so make sure to take all that energy you can get from this farm. Admittedly, it will take you roughly 3 hours by commute but believe me, it will be all worth it. Most sunflowers farms are so much farther away than this farm in Rizal, like those sunflower farms in Pampanga and Benguet. The sunflowers are just the main attraction of the farm but they also grow a variety of other plants, such as lettuce. You could also buy their produce at a more affordable price. You can check their Facebook page for more information regarding their protocols.
3. Mount Purro Nature Reserve in Antipolo
Mount Purro is a nature park in Rizal where you can run if you want to step back from the stress of life for a while. Dealing with zoom meetings nowadays under the new normal could be really exhausting. Remind yourself that you need to zoom out and see the outside world and realize that there is more to life than your work or study. From time to time, everyone needs to retreat in order to move forward with more clarity and gratitude. Take this time to go to Mount Purro Nature Reserve and reconnect not just with nature but with yourself as well. It is located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range in Antipolo. It offers a simple, fun yet authentic experience with nature by disconnecting from the demands of the modern world for individuals and families. Some fun activities that you can experience from Mount Purro are hiking forest trails, joining a community bonfire, trekking through the river, and more. Plus you can get to interact with the Dumagats, the indigenous tribes who live in the mountains and are beneficiaries of the reforestation of Mount Purro.
4. ATV Adventure Rizal
If you’re up to a more thrilling and adrenaline-pumping experience, you can visit ATV Adventures Rizal. It is also located in Antipolo, along Sapinit Road. In this nature activity park, you can ride 4×4 vehicles across different rugged terrain and muddy trails of the lush forests of Antipolo. This is a perfect place for a large group of friends, or even just two of your loved ones would do, you may still experience at full length what this ATV park could offer. If you’re worried about being a beginner, don’t fret because they offer safety demos for beginners in order for you to enjoy fullest the activities while being safe. They also provide the services of tour guides to help you and ensure your safety as you travel over rough paths. Another exciting activity here is that tourists could also experience trekking to stunning rivers and waterfalls where you can dip in. This place also offers fun boating and camping on its overnight trail.
5. Mt. Daraitan
Another one of the best places to visit in Rizal is Mt. Daraitan. This mountain is still part of the Sierra Madre mountain range. It is also a good mountain to climb, especially if you’re a beginner. The difficulty level is only 4 out of 9, that’s why it is a great climb for beginners. So if you’ve been dreaming all along to climb a mountain, Mt. Daraitan is your place to go to achieve your dream.