Enjoy Natural and Historic Attractions at Biak-na-Bato National Park
If you’ll be staying in Manila on your Philippines vacation, plan to take a day trip to Biak-na-Bato National Park. Biak-na-Bato is located on the edge of Bulacan near San Miguel, about two hours drive from Manila. You can arrange to take a guided trip to this incredible Park, spend several hours touring some of its spectacular caves, and return to your hotel in Manila in the evening.
Biak-na-Bato is an historical as well as a scenic outdoors attraction. The Balaong River flows through this mountain gorge, winding through caves and past several sites of historical significance, including ruins of stone fortifications.
As you explore Biak-na-Bato at the foot of Sierra Madre, it’s almost impossible not to imagine the revolutionary forces hiding out here. This beautiful location is where the freedom fighters made their headquarters. This is the place where Biak-na-Bato Republic was first established.
Aquinaldo Cave is one of the park’s most interesting geological formations, and it is also a legendary historic site. You’ll enter the cave from an opening above the shores of an underground river. Once you climb down to the water’s edge, you’re immersed in a somewhat eerie, much cooler atmosphere.
A short boat ride on the river carries you to a cavern adorned with stalactites. At the center of the cavern, a large block of marble juts out of the water. It is said this is the table on which General Emilio Aguinaldo signed the historic peace treaty.
Cuarto-Cuarto Cave is another popular cave to visit at Biak-na-Bato. As its name suggests, this cave features many different rooms. You must crawl approximately 7 meters at a downward slant to enter the cave, but it is worth it. Swallows and swifts that nest throughout the cave provide the key ingredient in the popular Chinese Bird’s Nest soup.
Bahay Paniki Cave is one of the most impressive caves you’ll see. The mouth of this tall, expansive cave is gigantic. Look closely, and you’ll notice fruit bats lining the ceiling of this incredible cave. Bahay Paniki actually means House of Bats. Although disturbing the bats with flashlights or camera flashes is not permitted, you can watch their dramatic flight from the cave at dusk.
In addition to hiking and touring the caves at Biak-na-Bato, rock climbing is also available, and birdwatchers can spot up to 30 different species of birds. The park is open from Monday to Sunday between 9 am and 5 pm.
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