Quezon National Park
- Adapted from Philippines Department of Tourism Brochure
Backpacking Trip to a Bird Sanctuary
Find yourself in a virgin forest teeming with
numerous forms of wildlife like monkeys, deer, wild pigs, and monitor
lizards. Feast your eyes upon the fascinating varieties of flora and be
enthralled by the sound of birds like parrots, tarictic,
calao, doves, pigeons and jungle fowls. Add to these a refreshing,
soothing climate and you have a good description of the wonders offered
by QUEZON NATIONAL PARK.
Just 180-km southeast of Manila in Altimonan, Quezon
Province lies one of the most beautiful mountains in southern Luzon that
has been declared a Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary. The present area of the
park is 984 hectares (4 sq. miles) with its highest point at 366-m above sea
Accessibility is no major problem because a
"first-class" national road passes through the park. Air-conditioned buses
and cars may be chartered for the purpose or, if you want to rough it, there
are public buses that ply the route regularly. The park can also be reached
Contact the Parks and Game Warden immediately upon
arrival for information and assistance. The headquarters of the Park Officer
in charge of administration is in Lucena, Quezon but there is always
someone assigned within the vicinity of the park itself.
The trek to the peak is more exhilirating than strenuous
since there is a well-delineated and maintained trail. There are no marked
dangers except during heavy rains when the path becomes extremely slippery.
Under normal conditions, the hike to the peak can be done in two hours with
adequate time to observe the lush vegetation and the magnificent creatures
endemic to this area.
Along the way to the top is a picnic and camping site.
Trekkers, however, may find less frequented spots to suit their fancy by
taking slight detours from the main route. For those interested in
spelunking, there are several caves to explore. One or two have vertical
shafts that can be descended by clambering down with a rope. But care must
be taken regarding snakes and bats which have staked these out as their
If the skies are clear when you reach the summit, you
can get a panoramic view of the China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Camp can
already be set up near the ledge provided enough protection against the wind
is taken. Otherwise, the evening can be spent at any other convenient spot
a little farther back down.
View this Map of Central Luzon.
- The hike may be undertaken anytime during the year in the absence of
tropical storms or depressions or if advised otherwise by the local
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