Rarely do I go in the trending places featured in the social media. That’s because, it’s either too far or I can’t afford to. Traveling is one my hobbies that I would like to explore more. For years, I was stuck in some places due to my work overseas, so I wasn’t able to travel. However, now that I am able and I have the time, it’s my finances that is limiting me not to. So, traveling is both a struggle and a luxury for me, at this point.
Signage before going to the View Deck
There are natural wonders and historical locations near me. That is something I can definitely be proud of. That is something I can afford to go to as I have the means. Recently, there is this trending spot that took the social media by storm. With a lot of good reviews from both travelers, riders and locals, you will find yourself wanting to see this viral natural beauty located at one of the mountainous regions in Pangasinan.
Daang Kalikasan Mangatarem
A 5-hour drive from Manila and home to one of the best produced exports of the Philippines, the mangoes. Thus, the Ilokano coined “Manga ken Tirem”, meaning mango and oyster, got the name of Mangatarem. With natural rainforests, enchanting hills and scenic terrains, it’s no wonder why this wonderland got the attention of tourists and netizens.
Daang Kalikasan, a 54-kilometer road stretching near Mangatarem town proper to its neighboring province Zambales, has some fascinating hills to tease the growing local tourism and foreigners in the country. A natural wonder with an airy sunny weather for almost the entire year, the blue sky and the landscapes that are molded by zigzag roads along the rough hills makes up the hype.
Going to Daang Kalikasan
Depending on where you will come from, you can easily find your destination without any confusion. Whether you take the route from Zambales, bus trip directly from Manila or coming from the North, it’s entirely a straight road. So easy! However, once you reached your destination, you are cautioned to take an extra measure as the Daang Kalikasan boundary is mainly a steep, sharp curved moutainous slope. Similar, if not elevated than the road in Baguio. And if you are lucky riding in a nice brand of vehicle with a powerful engine, you won’t have to walk the steep slope towards the Daang Kalikasan View Deck where most of the tourists park their cars and the highlight of the landmark.
The scenic spot is still under contruction as there are no amenities, toilets, hotels and restaurants present or near the area. Due to the flock of local tourists, the fad made an astonishing record but somewhat a disappointing experience once you are there. Disappointing in the sense that the place might have a lot to offer but there are constructions going on.
It will take sometime before it will become a tourist getaway. For the meantime, you can climb the hills and take pictures with the valleys and terrains. An Instagrammable-worthy background for your next profile picture. But there is a catch, you have to climb the steep with a lot of sweat and dirt. You will have to catch your breath and drink a lot of water before reaching the top. There are three summits that you can climb, but recently they closed one summit for renovation. So, if you think you are an adventurous type of a person, willing to climb a hill, then Daang Kalikasan is definitely for you.
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As of the memorandum from the Local Government Unit (LGU), Daang Kalikasan was temporarily closed for the public. This is to address and fasten the on-going construction in the site to cater the growing numbers of the crowd. Just recently, there are two reported accidents as of this writing.
There is always this tranquility and peace when you go to this kind of place. The mountain view is something to admire especially for nature lovers. Where have you been lately for an outback adventure? Have you been to Daang Kalikasan? Tell us your experiences in the comments below.