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Land Adventures in Philippines...

On just all about of Philippines’ 7107 islands, you can find exhilarating extreme adventures that allow you to explore our natural wonders.

Mountain Biking

Whether you’re a hardcore downhiller, or a jungle trail rider, or you simply crave for a leisure ride on flat bike trails, the Philippines is for you and you don’t even have to go far from Manila. There are excellent bike bike trails in the outskirts of the capital namely those in San Mateo, Rizal, and Santa Rosa, Laguna. But for demanding technical riding, you must try out the Aeta Jungle Luge trail in Subic Bay Freeport, or head off to Baguio City. It’s a jump-off point for many mountain bike trails that begin at the outskirts of the city and take riders as far as La Union and Nueva Vizcaya. Sagada is also a popular destination for mountain bikers. The Visaya Region is likewise dotted with dozens of trails like the Die Hard Trail in Loboc, Bohol.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing has caught on big in the Philippines. There are currently about a dozen indoor walls in Metro Manila, plus great outdoor sites near Mania. Montalban, with its limestone cliffs as high as 300 feet, is a popular destination. There are also terrific cliffs near Baguio in the north, and down south in Atimonan, Quezon. But for a truly exotic rock climbing experience, check out the spectacular cliffs at El Nido and Coron; near the world-class beach resorts of Palawan.

Trekking

The Philippines is full of great trekking and mountaineering spots. Mountaineers flock to the nation’s highest peaks, like Mount Pulag in the north and Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak, in the southern island of Mindanao. But there are other great hiking and trekking sites, like the eerily beautiful Mount Pinatubo crater. Light treks can also be enjoyed in the outlying provinces of Metro Manila, like Laguna, Batangas, and Bulacan.

Cave Exploration

The Philippines is a haven for cave exploration enthusiasts. The caves in Sagada feature spectacular lime formations. These caves are also ancestral burial sites for the local indigenous people. the famous Callao cave has a “chapel” made of gothic-like arches formed by stalagmites and stalactites. And at dusk, visitors are treated to the sights of thousands of bats streaming out of the mouth of the cave. Meanwhile in Palawan, you can explore the St. Paul Subterranean River, the world’s longest underground waterway. No doubt there are still hundreds of fascinating caves in the Philippines that are still waiting to be discovered.

Bird Watching

The Philippines is truly a birdwatcher’s dream. The country is home to over 760 species of birds, including some of the rarest species in the world. The Candaba Swamp in Pampanga is a well-known bird sanctuary. As a stopover for birds migrating from the north Asia, rare birds like the Eurasian spoonbill and schrenck’s bittern have been spotted there. The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cebu, is also a paradise for birdwatchers. Over 50 different species of migratory birds have been spotted here, including the rare Chinese egret.

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1 Response to Land Adventures in Philippines...

November 23, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Informative read about land adventures in Philippines. Definitely it's a paradise for land adventure enthusiast. It's really great to know that Philippines has this much to offer.