September 23, 2017

Weekend Travel Guide to Antipolo

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  • Itching to go on a weekend adventure but don’t know where to go? If 24 hours is all you’ve got, trust us that it’s still possible to have fun as you travel and explore the best tourist spots near Manila. This time, we’re taking you to Antipolo in Rizal. Pack your bags, tag a friend, and make the most out of your free day as you travel to Antipolo!

    Visit the Pinto Art Museum
    9:00 am to 11:00 am

    It’s always a good choice to start any getaway with a visual treat. As one of the most popular tourist spots in Antipolo, Pinto Art Museum is definitely a must-visit for its artistic attractions inside. Art geeks and shutterbugs will surely love wandering around to see paintings, sculptures, installation art and more.

    Also read: Pinto Art Museum

    Pinto Art Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday at 9 am. Entrance fee is Php 200 for regular tickets, Php 180 for Seniors/PWDs, and Php 100 for students.

    Have a sumptuous lunch at Tahanan Bistro
    11:30 am to 1:00 pm

    Just a few minutes away from Pinto Art Museum is Tahanan Bistro, your destination for lunch. It’s a private fine-dining establishment that lets you have a quiet and sumptuous lunch with an overlooking view of the Laguna de Bay amid the lush green surroundings. Expect hearty meals made from Philippines’ fresh produces prepared by highly-skilled chefs for a culinary treat.

    Also read: Tahanan Bistro in Antipolo, Rizal

    Tahanan Bistro only accepts reservations. Their five-course meal is at Php 1,200 and their set menu changes three times a year.

    See the Hinulugang Taktak
    1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

    The Hinulugang Taktak is one of Antipolo’s primary natural attractions. It’s a waterfall that’s also proclaimed as a National Historical Shrine in the Philippines. It’s a recreation area where you can meditate as well. Although swimming is not allowed, it’s still a great idea to visit the place that has become Antipolo’s pride.

    Also read: Hinulugang Taktak

    A visit to Hinulugang Taktak is free of charge. There are cottages in the area which you can also use for free.

    Have a relaxing massage at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa
    2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

    If you like your weekend getaway to be as relaxing as possible, then Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa is the perfect place for you. As soon as you arrive here, its sanctuary-like atmosphere will make you immediately fall in love with the place. Try their signature massage, body scrub services, and enjoy their organic dishes at the alfresco setting for the ultimate pamper day of your life!

    Also read: Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa

    Luljetta offers day tour packages and room accommodations for overnight stays. Check their website for reservations inquiry.

    Enjoy an afternoon snack at Crescent Moon Café
    4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

    Crescent Moon Café offers food that you’ll never find elsewhere—something that makes it truly worth a visit. Have you ever tried eating herbal mint leaves ever before? Well, it’s one of the best things to try here as you drop by for a snack in this hidden gem of a restaurant. They serve Southeast Asian cuisine here, and you can also see (and buy!) pottery art at their studio pottery.

    Also read: Crescent Moon Cafe

    Crescent Moon Café is open from Wednesday to Sunday at 9:00 am. Make sure to book your reservations to know what they have on their set menu!

    Also read: Must-Visit Restaurants in Antipolo

    If you have extra time, you can also…

    Go on an adventure at Masungi Georeserve in Rizal

    For the adventure seekers, Masungi Georeserve is easily the destination to be. This geopark made of limestone formations is a favorite ecotourism spot that lets guests trek and trail through various rock formations. It’s a perfect adventure activity for friends and families who want to bond over some challenging trails.

    Also read: Masungi Geroeserve

    Masungi Georeserve only accepts reservations. The trek may last up to 3 or 4 hours. Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes!

    What are you waiting for? Plan that trip to Antipolo now for your much-awaited weekend getaway!

    Written by Jastine Valeriano

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