When planning for a quick getaway, our usual go-to destinations are Tagaytay, Batangas, La Union, and Zambales. But Rizal Province has equally (and could have more) stunning places that are worth the visit, too! In fact, some of the Rizal tourist spots are historical and have been featured in many travel shows and magazines already!
Rizal is full of great food, fascinating museums, and activities to enjoy whether you’re the chill traveler or the adventure-seeker.
Named after the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, this province is just two hours away from Manila! A quick trip can already make you feel like you’re miles away from the city, even if you’re only a few hours away.
In this Rizal travel guide, we will give you a list of the best destinations to visit and the most fun activities!
Best places to go in Rizal
1. Hinulugang Taktak
The 21-meter waterfalls used to be a popular weekend destination. But because of poor waste management and lack of proper sewage, it was closed for rehabilitation in the early 2010s, and was reopened to the public in 2015. Now, the renovated park features new sports facilities for the adventurous traveler who will enjoy the spider web platform, hanging bridges, and wall-climbing facility. While for those seeking a chill getaway, there are cottages which you can rent for P500 a day, and a swimming pool where you can take a dip for P50. Hinulugang Taktak is definitely one of the best places to see in Antipolo.
2. Pinto Art Museum
Your Antipolo travel guide won’t be complete without the Pinto Art Museum in it. This museum is known for its several galleries all separated by doorways—hence the name. Just an hour away from the metro, Antipolo is a great destination for a weekend road trip near Manila. When you enter Pinto Art Museum, it’ll make you think if you’re still in the Philippines with its colonial Spanish architecture with touches of Mediterranean. The museum is popular not only for its Instagram-worthy interiors but also for its artworks collected by the owner, Dr. Joven Cuanang, beginning in 1986. The museum was founded on the principle that art plays a diplomatic role in bridging distinctive nationalities, worldviews, and communities.
3. Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
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One of the best places to go in Rizal is the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs. Declared as a National Cultural Treasure and considered as one of the most endangered sites in the world, Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs in Binangonan, Rizal houses some of the oldest known artwork in the Philippines. You can find a total of 127 engraved figures that date back to the late Neolithic period in the rear recesses of the cave while the fascinating rock engravings will give you a glimpse of how our early ancestors once lived. It was the National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco, a Rizaleño, who reported to the National Museum of the Philippines that he found early forms of artwork that was later found out that these prehistoric rock inscriptions date as far back as 1500 BC and are believed to depict rituals from the late Neolithic Period.
4. Masungi Georeserve
Popular for its sharp, limestone rock formations, Masungi Georeserve is one of the best places to see in Rizal. A guide leads you in, around and through the cliffs to get to jaw-dropping, tree-filled views that’ll have you forget that you’re just a few hours away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you’re a regular hiker or not, you’re sure to enjoy a three-to-four-hour trek going through bridges, high peaks and the rest of the terrain guided by a park ranger to tell you more about the place. If you’re looking for thrilling things to do in Tanay, don’t miss walking on Masungi’s famous sapot or giant web surrounded by limestones!
5. Daranak Falls
When looking for the best places to go in Rizal, for sure, Daranak Falls comes on top of the list! This 46 ft. high waterfall is a perfect destination for a quick and refreshing dip. The falls are complemented by forest trees, flowering wild plants, as well as cascading rivers and ponds that will make you come back for more. We suggest you visit this place on weekdays as the place gets too crowded on weekends.
6. Batlag Falls
If you can’t get enough of the taste of Rizal’s paradise, Batlag Falls is just a few climbs from Daranak Falls. Unlike Daranak, Batlag is less crowded so you’ll definitely enjoy the solitude you’re looking for.
7. Tinipak River
You’ll be surprised to see that this wonder is just a few hours away from Manila! Tinipak River used to be a hidden gem but has now become one of the most popular Rizal tourist spots thanks to its picturesque beauty. It boasts turquoise waters surrounded by white marble rocks that makes every corner Instagrammable. You can also explore a cavern with an underwater river named Tinipak River and Cave through a small canoe.
8. Cloud 9 Antipolo
This place gives its visitors a panoramic view of the busy metro. It’s very popular among the young ones especially to couples because of its romantic ambiance. Cloud 9 Antipolo is also perfect for friends and families looking for a quick getaway. Anyone can enjoy the recreational activities in the area with the whole metro as your backdrop.
9. Pililla Wind Farm
Yes, this is in Rizal! You don’t have to go way up north to Bangui, Ilocos Norte to marvel over famous windmills. In the town of Pililla, you can already see the 27 wind turbines that are strategically scattered over the mountains overseeing the Laguna Lake. Pililla Wind Farm supplies renewable energy to neighboring areas. What’s more to love about it are the dramatic backdrop and the fresh air that this place brings.
10. Treasure Mountain
Treasure Mountain has become popular for its effortless sea of clouds and the majestic view of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges. This place offers a day tour for families who just want to see the clouds. The best time to visit the mountain is at dawn to catch the sunrise and enjoy the breathtaking views. The occurrence of the sea of clouds is usually between 5 am to 8 am, although it will depend on the weather conditions for that day.
Things to do in Rizal
If you’re a fashionista or just fancy shopping, for sure you’ve heard of the iconic Taytay Tiangge! Being the Garments Capital of the Philippines, you’d see hundreds of stores selling clothes for as low as PHP 10! That is why shopaholics and RTW businesses are going crazy about this place. It’s a shopping haven!
Rizal is the place for people who need a dose of nature respite as it has a lot of mountains and forests to brag about. This province is famous for hikers because of the variety of mountains it has especially in Tanay. Some of the famous mountains you can hike in Rizal are Mt. Daraitan,
Mt. Batolusong, Mt. Maynuba, Mt. Cabayu, and Mt. Binacayan.
3. Food tripping
While Rizal doesn’t really have this specialty dish like sisig in Pampanga or lechon in Cebu, the province also makes a good destination for foodies. A must-try delicacy when in Rizal is the different kinds of kakanin or rice cakes like the puto, bibingka, biko, and suman that is best paired with coco jam! Antipolo is a good place to try these for starters. There are many stalls in Antipolo Church that sell suman and cashew nuts (that are popular here too by the way) at the cheapest price! This should definitely be in your must-try Antipolo things to do list!
4. Dance with the giants
Among the fun things to do in Rizal is attending festivals! One of the most popular is the Higantes Festival in Angono held every November where there are giant paper maches made by the locals. And another fun part, the basaan (water dousing)!
How to go to Rizal
Rizal is very accessible in all ways, from commuting to driving, hence it’s a popular quick vacation destination. Here are several ways on how you can reach this beautiful province.
From EDSA Starmall or Megamall in Mandaluyong, ride a van or jeep bound for Tanay. It will pass through different towns of Rizal like Antipolo, Teresa, Morong, Baras and Tanay. This is the easiest and cheapest way on how to go to Tanay Rizal. For vans, the fare is PHP 80 while PHP 56 for jeeps.
By own car
From Manila, take the Marcos Highway going to Masinag. You can then go straight to Cogeo or to the Antipolo City proper.
How to go to Treasure Mountain Tanay Rizal
Take the Marcos Highway going to Masinag. From there, take the road going to Cogeo drive through the Marikina-Infanta Highway going to Sampaloc, Tanay. You will see the Treasure Mountain sign at the left side of the road after more than 30 kilometers from Cogeo.
How to go to Tanay Rizal from Alabang
From Alabang, ride a bus bound for Mandaluyong or Quezon City. Alight at Megamall or Starmall. From there, you can ride a van or jeep going to Tanay.
How to go to Tanay Rizal from Cubao
From Cubao, ride a van or jeep going to Antipolo simbahan. Alight at Ynares Center or Antipolo Simbahan where you can find jeeps bound for Tanay.
Or you can also ride the MRT or bus bound for Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong. Ride a van or jeep in Starmall bound for Tanay.
This province is not just about breathtaking Rizal tourist spot but also the people and fun experiences worth visiting for!
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