Travel is fun. People travel for many different reasons. It can be personal or business-related reasons. However, whatever the reason is, see to it to enjoy every moment. Travel has a lot of benefits, too. It can boost up your confidence, relieve stress, helps meet new people, and the list goes on. Whenever there is a chance to travel, I grab it without any second thoughts. But the problem is time and money. My finances are limited, and most of my salary goes to maintenance medicines. Moreover, my health condition restricts me to travel via air. That is why I have no choice but to only go to nearby provinces. Bulacan is accessible to both private and public transportation and is a perfect destination should you want to relax without going too far from Manila.
There are many places to visit in Bulacan, but here are the top 10 tourist spots you can go solo or with a companion.
- San Rafael River Adventure
San Rafael River Adventure is located in San Rafael, Bulacan. It is fast becoming a popular tourist destination in Bulacan today because of the myriad of things you can do here such as biking, horseback riding, riding the banana bike and boat, kayak, and wakeboarding to name a few. Try river cruising while savoring grilled-native meats and enjoying the scenic views. Rates and accommodations vary. You can choose to stay in a barkada tent, glass cottage or glass villa to name a few.
- Madlum Cave
Located in San Miguel, Bulacan, there is Madlum Cave. It is a notable characteristic in Angat Limestone Formation. However, if you are claustrophobic, you may find it scary though. Wear the right attire and do not forget to bring some headlamps. You will be quite challenged so see to it that you are ready. Do some stretching and warm-up exercises first.
- Verdivia Falls
Verdivia Falls is located in Trinidad, Bulacan. It has cool waters. Apart from swimming, you can do cliff-diving, rafting, and rappel, too. It is perfect for a weekend getaway because it is only two hours away from Metro Manila. To enjoy more of your trip, you may try spelunking at Puning Cave, too. But it is not the best idea for beginners.
- Replica of Eiffel Tower in Norzagaray
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France is a dream destination of many. It is dreamy and is perfect for people who are romantic and in love. However, not all people can afford a trip to Europe. But do not worry. You can go instead to Adventure Resort in Norzagaray, Bulacan, to see up close the replica of the Eiffel Tower. There are other sets of attractions, too, which makes it stand out from other resorts in Bulacan and nearby provinces.
- Casa Real Shrine
Casa Real Shrine is located in Malolos, Bulacan. During the time of the First Philippine Republic, Casa Real Shrine served as the National Printing Press and National Museum. It is a popular tourist destination in Bulacan because of its rich history so don’t dare to miss it.
Biak-Na-Bato is considered a protected area of the Philippines. In 1937, it has been proclaimed a National Park by the late President Manuel Luis Quezon. It has more than 2,000 hectares of land that offer ecological features including caves and waterfalls. It is fast becoming a popular tourist destination today because of its rich history. There are food stalls and souvenir shops in the area.
- The Philippine Arena
Philippine Arena is considered as the world’s largest indoor arena. It has a seating capacity of more than 50,000. It is located in Bocaue, Bulacan. Different concerts and sporting events take place in here from time to time, aside from church meetings of the Iglesia Ni Cristo.
- Mount Manalmon
Mount Manalmon is part of the historical Biak-Na-Bato. It is ideal for beginners because it is easy to climb. However, you still need to take precautions to make sure you are safe. Apart from hiking, you may visit other interesting sites in the area such as Bayukbok Cave and Madlum Cave. Do not forget to bring extra clothing, dry bags, headlamps, insect repellants, packed food, and toiletries among others.
- Puning Cave
Puning Cave is located in Trinidad, Bulacan. You have to access it by a four-wheeled vehicle. Some of the areas in the cave can be quite demanding so be ready. Wear proper footwear, bring headlights and make sure to take the necessary preventive measures. Better safe than sorry, right? Enjoy caving at an affordable price.
- GK Enchanted Farm
The purpose of GK or Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm is to help raise social business people and support local farmers to make a decent amount of money in rural areas. You can visit them at an affordable price. There are packages to choose from, and the cheapest one costs Php 395. However, there is no food included. You can stay overnight, too. All rooms in GK Enchanted Farm are fully equipped with an airconditioning system. Take note that if you choose a dormitory type of room, you will be sharing it with other guests, though.
Traveling provides a wide range of benefits when it comes to your physical, emotional, and mental state. Moreover, it allows you to discover new things. If you are from another part of the world, go and visit the Philippines. Visit Bulacan and enjoy exploring the caves, waterfalls, etc. If you are a local, and you are from Metro Manila and nearby provinces, you can easily access it via public and private transportation.