Philippines By Land Or By Air

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CHICAGO, IL (Dec.30, 2008) –Looking for the perfect adventure vacation?  The Philippines provides adventure-seekers with the opportunity to experience a geography many believe only to exist in fairly tales through active travel pursuits designed to fulfill a variety of interests.

On land or in the air, there are activities offering various levels of excitement.  The route you choose depends upon your sense of adventure.  You could stroll on canopy walkways hundreds of feet above the ground, hook yourself to a zip line and slide from one treetop to the next, or float overhead in a hot air balloon.  The Philippines offers countless adventures on land and high in the sky.

Subic Bay, for example, is a Mecca for adventurers looking to get in touch with their inner Survivor.   At Jungle Environment Survival Training Camp in Subic Bay, natives offer instruction on how to drink from a water vine, make fire out of bamboo shavings and twigs, cook in a bamboo steamer and eat on a bamboo plate under a century-old tree.  At the Subic Extreme Adventure Park one can walk, fly and glide from tree canopies using cables of zip lines, suspension bridges and a motorized hoist for rappelling.

Imagine walking amongst the dense foliage of the towering hardwood trees of a pristine rainforest and looking 20 feet down to the forest floor.  This is the magic of canopy walking.  It’s a great way to explore the heart of the primary rainforest and there is no better place to experience it than the Philippines.  The canopy walkway in Claveria, Misamis Oriental lets participants hop from tree to tree on hanging bridges and soak in the atmosphere of the ancient jungles of Mindanao.

If skydiving is your passion, then the Philippines is the right place for you.  The country’s affordable skydiving packages allow you to fulfill your dream of hurtling through the sky while marveling at the majestic views.  The Skydiving Center in Tanauan, Batangas presents one of the most spectacular skydiving scenery in the world, with a drop zone between Mount Makiling and Taal Volcano.

The Philippines is also a fantastic spot for hot air ballooning.  Every February, you can join the Philippine Hot Air Festival in Clark Field, in Pampanga.  It’s one of Asia’s biggest hot air balloon festivals, and the sight of those colorful orbs filling up the sky is sure to take your breath away.

Whether you’re a hardcore “downhiller” or a jungle trail rider, or you simply crave for a leisurely ride on flat bike trails, the Philippines is for you. There are excellent bike trails in San Mateo, Rizal, and Santa Rosa, Laguna, a short distance from Manila.

But for demanding technical riding, you must try out the Aeta Jungle Luge trail in Subic Bay Freeport, or head off to Baguio City. It’s a jump-off point for many mountain bike trails that begin at the outskirts of the city and take riders as far as La Union and Nueva Vizcaya. Sagada is also a popular destination for mountain bikers.

The Visayas Region is likewise dotted with dozens of trails like the Die Hard Trail in Loboc, Bohol.

Rock climbing has become very popular in the Philippines.  There are currently about a dozen indoor walls in Metro Manila, plus great outdoor sites near Mania. Montalban, with its limestone cliffs as high as 300 feet, is a popular destination.  There are also terrific cliffs near Baguio in the north, and down south in Atimonan, Quezon.

For a truly exotic rock climbing experience, one can check out the spectacular cliffs in El Nido and Coron near world-class beach resorts in the sparsely populated island-province of Palawan.

The Philippines is full of great trekking and mountaineering spots.  Mountaineers flock to the nation’s highest peaks, like Mount Pulag in the north and Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak, in the southern island of Mindanao.

But there are other great hiking and trekking sites, like the eerily beautiful Mount Pinatubo crater, site of the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Light treks can also be enjoyed in the outlying provinces of Metro Manila, like Laguna, Batangas, and Bulacan.

The Philippines is a haven for cave enthusiasts.  The caves in Sagada feature spectacular lime formations.  These caves are also ancestral burial sites for the local indigenous people. the famous Callao cave has a “chapel” made of gothic-like arches formed by stalagmites and stalactites.  And at dusk, visitors are treated to the sights of thousands of bats streaming out of the cave’s mouth.

Meanwhile in Palawan, you can explore the Subterranean River National Park, the world’s longest underground waterway.  No doubt there are still hundreds of fascinating caves in the Philippines that are still waiting to be discovered.

Philippine Department of Tourism

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) is one of the Executive Departments of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines responsible for the promotion of travel to the Philippines, tourism investments, and enhancement and preservation of tourism products in the country.  Field offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco provide the following services free of charge on a selective basis: dissemination of tourism information, maps, brochures and posters; lending out of videos, CDs and other tourism-related materials; recommendations on places to visit; endorsement of relevant entities; and assistance to those traveling to the Philippines.  These offices also engage in a number of promotional activities: presentations to travel organizations, travel trade shows, media inserts and joint marketing arrangements.

The Philippine Department of Tourism is headquartered in Manila, Philippines, with offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  For more information, contact the Philippine Department of Tourism in Chicago at 312-782-2475 or visitwww.experiencephilippines.ph.

Kahn Travel Communications (KTC) is the appointed publicist for the Philippine Department of Tourism, covering North America.  Media may contact KTC at (516) 594-4100, or via e-mail at j.kahn@ktcpr.com.