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Panguil River Eco Park: Outdoors with the Family

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Summer’s the only season my family ever goes outdoors. It was within those two months we visited Laguna to dip our feet into its cold waters. This year, we drove to the same province, but in a different destination — Panguil River Eco Park.

Reunion with an Old Buddy

My dad grew up in the mountainous and lake-filled province of Laguna. One of his classmates in high school and his fellow CAT officer now happened to be a police chief stationed in Panguil. During the Holy Week the two ageing buddies arranged a small reunion for themselves. And Dad brought us kids, Manay, and Francis (his office staff) in tow to head for Panguil River Eco Park.

Turns out, it was a perfect place to reintroduce the outdoors to my brothers. You see, they spend a lot of time indoors studying and watching TV. Our summer vacations are more of staycations. Thankfully, not this time! All it took was a table full of food and a good hike to get their blood pumping.

What to Expect at Panguil river Eco Park

Families troop to Panguil River Eco Park for a picnic along the waters during the summer. Cottages with tables are available to serve all the homemade food. You can find kiddie pool for children and a short hiking activity to Ambon-Ambon Falls for the big kids. There are also rooms for rent, a gazebo for big events, and camp sites for the adventurous. No need to be worried about safety, as there is a tourism police station just outside!

Despite the waters being mostly shallow, we wore life vests and hired a guide for added safety during the hike to Ambon-Ambon Falls. The trail begins with paved steps alongside Panguil River. Afterwards, there are minor river crossings and some rogue falling pebbles. But other than that, the 30-minute hike to Ambon-Ambon Falls is a walk in the eco park. Tip: wear non-slip footwear if you can.

Panguil River Eco Park

The Road to Ambon-Ambon Falls

Ambon-Ambon Falls is the upstream of Panguil River, which then empties itself into Laguna de Bay. An important fact is that water from this river is fresh and clean. It’s even used to supply communities in Panguil, Laguna. Along the trail, we saw pipes leading to the main water supply.

Being a lover of the outdoors, the hike to Ambon-Ambon Falls was easy for me and Manay (who grew up in the mountains of Nueva Ecija). The trail includes the novelty of three balsa, or bamboo raft, rides. You can choose to forego the boats and swim across the river. But the balancing act drew giggles and laughs on our end.

panguil river eco park

The natural formations within Panguil River Eco Park showed evidence of a previously deep river, carved on the smooth stone cliffs. It reminded me of canyoneering in Cebu! Cold winds circulated along the “tunnel”, and a profusion of algae and plants marked the rocky walls.

By the time we arrived at Ambon-Ambon Falls, the boys were panting. What a good reward to feel the strong runoff behind our backs!

My family may not always explore the outdoors with me. But once a year, in the summer, is enough for me. Hope someday they will embark on their own adventures beyond four walls.

 

How to commute to Panguil River Eco Park: From Cubao take HM Transport bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna (PHP 140). Ride to jeepney bound for Siniloan (PHP 30). At Pangil town, ride a tricycle to Piit. Alternatively, you can go to Tanay, Rizal to ride jeepney bound for Siniloan.

 

Panguil River Eco Park rates:

Day rate (6AM – 6PM) PHP 40
Night rate (6PM – 6AM) PHP 80
Overnight rate (less than 24 hours) PHP 100
Camping Fee PHP 160/pax
Ambon-Ambon Falls hike PHP 60
Cottage PHP 200

 

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Em Antazo
    January 13, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Hi! does the camping include the overnight rate? Or you have to pay for both?

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      January 13, 2017 at 7:43 PM

      Hi Em! I think you have to pay for both. 🙂

  • Reply
    Carola
    July 27, 2016 at 3:04 AM

    This eco parc looks so great. If i’m ever close, I’ll visit. The pictures look awesome. I feel like going outdoors now. Love the scenery. Beautiful pictures.

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    Nya
    July 2, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    This makes me want to try a getaway with my boyfriend outdoors too. The pictures are so beautiful and so is the park 🙂 Glad you had such a nice time.

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    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    April 20, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    The water is so clear! This is a nice Summer getaway!

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    Stargazer Writes
    April 18, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Awww cute family! At least you get to go outdoors together! Me and my family only go out when there are family reunions, which rarely happens! Are there other things you can do there like doing the zipline or fishing?

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    Dems
    April 17, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    This is perfect for a day trip! I’m exposing myself to more hiking-related activities, albeit beginner ones for now, so that’s a big plus for me. Need to stretch those legs hehe 🙂

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    Dunja
    April 15, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    What a gorgeous place! Although it’s different, it kinda reminds me of Serbian mountains. I always loved being outdoors and enjoying the wild beauty of nature

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    Marge Gavan
    April 15, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    And this is just in Laguna, what a nice find! Laguna has so much surprises, they have falls, lakes, and now this beautiful river. I can imagine taking my own siblings there.

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    SofarsoSabine
    April 15, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    That looks so cool with the bamboo raft. I love being on a river with a raft. Here we usually go by boat on the lake. Can’t wait until it’s summer!

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    ROBERT LEE
    April 15, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Hey this is not bad for a day trip, isn’t it? Or perhaps half day? Besides the river, where else could you go to?

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    jendialouise
    April 15, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    It’s funny that I just saw your blog post about Majayjay Laguna :))

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    jendialouise
    April 15, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    I haven’t tried a summer getaway with my family doing some activities like this. Mostly, we just do staycation (just like you and your family) or an overnight swimming in a private resort. I want to take my family here! Anyhoo, This is the first time I’ve heard of this place in Laguna. I will surely tell my relatives about this. Have you gone to Majayjay Falls already? It is also located somewhere in Laguna. The place is also fantastic!

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