Published: May 4th 2005May 2nd 2005
We were just lazing around, enjoying the holiday (labor day), when suddenly, we've decided that we'll visit Mt Arayat National Park. I haven't visited the nat'l park/resort for quite some time, considering it's proximity to our area.
Located at Brgy San Juan Bano, Arayat, Pampanga, it is a dormant volcano with an area of 3, 715.28 hectares. On the foot of the mountain lies a park/resort with freshwater and natural falls directly originating from the mountain.
The place hasn't changed much. It still has the same amenities w/c i adored in my childhood. The park has 3 freshwater pools, with really cool, freezing water. Ahhh, what a nice refresher from a very hot, hot summer. Was still anxious to climb on the 100 steps. But this time, i've got some minor injuries, maybe due to lack of exercise, i had muscle cramps during our trek. We didn't manage to climb up to the Grotto of Virgin Mary, because, we were already tired climbing up the 100 steps, and climbing up the grotto would be much harder. We've just decided to soak in the pool, coz it was a really hot day. The water, is really refreshing, especially on the
area near the natural falls. When we were all chilling-out from the ice-cold water, we've agreed to already dress-up and go to another area in the park which i've always enjoyed during my childhood - the playground in the front. I was saddened when i saw the playground. The seasaws and the swings which we untiringly played on then, were gone. But still, we managed to enjoy ourselves taking pictures on what we called us our jumping-photo-session. Hahaha.
Added attraction to the park was the Tree House. From the park, it would be a 2-km trek up the Tree House, which has facilities, huts, and houses which can be rented for conferences and meetings. The place had the best view of the mountain and the surrounding area. It has a countless variety of very enticing flowers. How relaxing it is to rest up the cool-shades of the tree-houses.
Hope they can maintain the park, coz it's the one place that Pampanga could be proud of. Getting there
From San Fernando, ride a jeep going to Arayat, Pampanga. Fare would be approx Php 20.00/person. From Arayat town proper, hire a tric going to the resort, fare is ony
Php 40.00. Expenses
Resort/Park Entrance Fee is Php 30.00 for adults, Php20.00 for children. The swimming pools have an entrance fee of Php10.00/pool. Cottages can be rented for as low as Php60.00.
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