Laguna is one of the easiest places to go to escape Manila City life. A short side trip to Laguna after your Manila trip is super easy, with an hour drive you’ll reach Laguna. Local Manileños even consider Laguna as one of their best weekend getaway spots. Check out this guide to see Laguna’s top nature and historical tourist spots.
How to get to Laguna
Laguna as said earlier, is very close to the metro. There are a lot of transportation choices for those who want to experience the “provincial” life just outside the city. From the airport taxi services are offered which ranges from Php 600-1000. Buses and FX can also be used coming from your hotels in Manila.
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This mountain is famous for its mystical stories and creatures, but this mountain is actually a dormant volcano. While it holds no record of volcanic eruptions, the features like mud springs and of springs signals its volcanic activity.
When visiting, you could go through the University of the Philippine Los Baños route. Through this, you can also visit the Makiling Botanical Gardens. The trails in this route is fairly easy compared to the other available trails and good for those starting mountaineering.
Seven Lakes of San Pablo Laguna
Up for a whole day touring of San Pablo Laguna, these lakes should be in your list. These Lakes are actually volcanic craters of the area’s San Pablo Volcanic Field. The seven lakes are named the following, Mohicap, Yambo, Pandin, Palakpakin, Calibato, Bunot and Sampaloc.
Lake Sampaloc is the largest of the seven lakes, and this Laguna tourist spot offers a great cycling spot. The place has bicycles you could rent. Another fact to know is about Yambo and Pandin, which are considered to be twin lakes. This lake is separated by a narrow strip of land thus the name.
Considered to be the top Laguna tourist spot, Pagsanjan falls, is also one of the most well-known falls in the country. Pagsanjan offers a three-drop waterfall, which you could enjoy through a boat ride. This boat ride is pretty old, starting from the Spanish times, continuing till today. Records of the said boat ride can be traced back to 1894.
Going to Pagsanjan Falls, the most popular trail starts from Cavinti. The Pagsanjan Falls offers plenty of activities to enjoy, trekking and rappelling, as well as the rafting to the main falls. If not the adventurous type, you could enjoy the view just from the view deck.
This huge piece of land encompasses 3 municipalities and 2 provinces (Laguna and Quezon). It is so big that the villa offers jeepney rides to go around this Laguna tourist spot. This area also holds the country’s first hydroelectric power plant Labasin Dam which powers the whole villa.
This area also holds an active coconut plantation. It also holds a museum inside as well a lake that is the source of the electricity of the area. In Labasin lake, river rafting is available during the day tour packages. These rafts are made from the native Bamboo that could be found inside the Villa.
Underground Cemetery of Nagcarlan
The underground cemetery in Nagcarlan is the only one in the country. This Laguna tourist spot is considered to be a National Historic Landmark. Built in the 1840s, under Fr. Vicente Velloc, a Franciscan friar. The cemetery has an above ground burial for the general public. Then, the underground burial was exclusive to the Spanish friar, as well as the elite at that time.
After 50 years, this underground crypt served as the location of the secret meetings. It held by the revolutionaries against the Spanish rule. Along with the cemetery, a museum was also built in the area to talk about the history of the place.
Pila of Laguna holds a lot of heritage places to go visit. This place is considered to be one of the country’s National Historical Landmarks. The town has kept its old Spanish layout, with it’s central plaza and the church as the focal point of town life. The municipal hall of the area is still designed in the old Spanish style architecture.
In this area, you could visit the San Antonio de Padua Shrine, the Alava Ancetral House, and of course the Square and the Museum. Traveling to this place is easy, a bus will take you to the town proper and then you start your touring immediately.
Another iconic Laguna tourist spot, is the Rizal shrine. The old family house of the National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. This house could be found in Calamba, Laguna. As a family home, it has not only the thing Jose Rizal owned, is holds as well the clan’s memorabilia. It should be known that the shrine is only the reproduction of the original house, which was destroyed in World War II.
The house is reconstructed using the information and photographs that survived after the war. This shrine focuses on the childhood life of Jose Rizal, compared to the ne found in Dapitan that focuses on Rizal’s adult and exile life.
Laguna offers a long list of destination to meet your want for adventure. As well as understanding the Philippines’ history and heritage. It is also a short trip from Manila, so the next time you visit Manila, don’t forget to check out Laguna even on a small side trip.