Nestled in the heart of Rizal, Philippines, Antipolo is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Amid the city’s many attractions, there’s a hidden gem that truly stands out – Hinulugang Taktak National Park. Located in Sitio Taktak, Barangay De La Paz, this park is a delightful blend of history, nature, and adventure, all set against a picturesque backdrop.
A Glimpse into History
Hinulugang Taktak is not just a pretty waterfall; it’s a place steeped in history and folklore. Rising to a majestic height of 12 meters, this cascading wonder gained nationwide fame thanks to the timeless Filipino song “Tayo na sa Antipolo” by German San Jose, known as Gerry Brandy. The song’s catchy melody and lyrics made Antipolo and Hinulugang Taktak a must-visit destination.
On June 15, 1952, recognizing its cultural significance, the Philippine government declared Hinulugang Taktak a National Park, ensuring its preservation for generations to come.
An Affordable Getaway
One of the most appealing aspects of Hinulugang Taktak National Park is its accessibility to all. The park offers free entrance, making it an ideal destination for budget-conscious travelers and families. But the generosity doesn’t end there – visitors can enjoy complimentary rock climbing, access to a swimming pool, and even use of cottages for picnicking.
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Plan Your Visit
Stay up-to-date with the latest information and announcements by visiting Hinulugang Taktak National Park’s Facebook page
Reservations are unnecessary; the park operates on a first-come, first-served basis. You can enjoy the park from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday. Please note that it’s closed every Monday for maintenance.
Things to remember
To ensure safety, the park limits activities to individuals aged 14 and above. Additionally, certain items and attire are prohibited, including pets, dresses or skirts, sandals, doll shoes, high heels, crocs, and bicycle shoes.
How to get there
Reaching Hinulugang Taktak National Park is a breeze:
- Start at the LRT 1 station and make your way to the Doroteo Jose station.
- Transfer from LRT 1 to LRT 2.
- Head to the LRT Recto station.
- Alight at the LRT Antipolo station.
- Look for a jeepney with “Antipolo Church” or “Antipolo Shopwise” signage.
- Inform the driver that your destination is “Hinulugang Taktak.”
Conclude your journey with a tricycle ride to the park.
Hinulugang Taktak National Park is a place where nature, adventure, history, and affordability converge. It’s an iconic Antipolo landmark that should be on every traveler’s itinerary. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, this park offers a serene escape and unforgettable experiences for visitors of all ages. So, why wait? Plan your visit and immerse yourself in the beauty of Hinulugang Taktak.
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