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Laguna Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

Located in the CALABARZON region and southeast of Metro Manila, the province of Laguna is the 7th richest province in the Philippines. Widely known as the birthplace of Dr. Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero, Laguna is one of the first few provinces to have been visited by the Spanish Christian missionaries. It is also one of the provinces who revolted against the Spanish rule. The province is home to 24 mountains, 8 lakes (one of it is the largest lake in the country), 2 reservoir lakes, 9 waterfalls, diverse natural resources and a land rich of history that dates back to the olden times. Currently, Laguna has an impressive economy, gaining different nicknames like “Detroit of the Philippines” because of the number of car manufacturers in its city, it also has 21 economic zones, thus earning the title “Silicon Valley of the Philippines” and labelled as the “Resort Capital of the Philippines” for having more than 700 hot spring resorts in the area. A place where a national hero was born, moreover a place that offers interesting and friendly destinations, Laguna Province is a good choice to spend a simple respite away from the city.

Where to go in Laguna

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Alcasid Aviary and Farm

55 Cuyab Hot Spring Resort Km City Of Calamba, Laguna, CALABARZON, 4027, Philippines

Baker Hall, UP Los Baños

UPLB Administration Building Victoria M Ela Ave Los Baños, Laguna, CALABARZON, 4031, Philippines

Bangkong Kahoy Valley

Bangkong Kahoy Dolores San Pablo City, Laguna, CALABARZON, 4000, Philippines

Bato Springs

Brgy San Cristobal San Pablo City, Laguna, CALABARZON, 4000, Philippines

Bukal Falls

Barangay Bukal Majayjay, Laguna, CALABARZON, 4005, Philippines

How to Get Here

GETTING HERE
Laguna is one of Luzon’s accessible provinces. It can be reached by a public and private transportation with ease. Main route will be via SLEX or the South Luzon Expressway.

There are several buses that ply the routes to its different towns and cities. Depending on your point of destination, bus fare differs from one bus company to another, but usual fare starts from Php 70.00. Some of the buses going to Laguna are:
· JAC Liner
· HM Transport
· JAM Liner
· Green Star Transit
· Lucena Lines

Travel time to Laguna via public transport is 3-4 hours, but it is good to know that almost all buses plying this route is air-conditioned and with a tv that makes the trip comfortable and easy. Public utility jeepneys and tricycles abound in the area for hopping to one place to another.

Since Laguna’s attractions are spread out in different areas, bringing a private vehicle is much more convenient and cheaper that commuting. For Php 700.00 - Php 1,000.00 of gasoline and a toll fee of less than Php 250.00, using one own’s car for a Laguna trip is definitely a better idea.

Popular Food

Santa Cruz is where this fresh, soft, white cheese from carabao or water buffalos milk came from. Kesong puti production in this town started since time immemorial. Known as the “Mozzarella of the Philippines”, kesong puti is best eaten by melting with toasted pandesal
paired with hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

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The town of Los Baños is known for buko pie, an obligatory pasalubong when one is visiting this town. It is a Filipino pastry filled with young coconut meat with just the right amount of sweetness. Based on the good reviews it’s getting, Orient The Original Buko Pie is where one can buy the tastiest buko pie in Los Baños.

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Aside from being known for foot wears, Biñan is popular for their native delicacy, the Puto Biñan made of rice flour and cooked in size as big as a family pizza, laden with a generous amount of cheese, butter and strips of salted egg. One of Puto Biñan’s popular brands is the Aling Nila’s Puto.

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Best Time to Go

BEST TIME TO GO
Festival celebrations are held throughout the year, making the trip to Laguna worthwhile. The province’s major festivals showcase its rich heritage, culture, products and the people’s way of life. It sure is exciting to take a part in any of Laguna’s colorful festival.

Best time to go is during the dry months of December to May. Exploring the scenic rural countryside of the town without the downpour will give one a better appreciation of the locality. But if you’re after the province’s majestic waterfalls, rainy season gives these waterfalls its intense water cascades perfect for the daring traveler in you.

What to Do

Visit old churches
Laguna has many remarkable old churches worthy to visit and discover. Almost every town has a church that tells a colorful past and each one is a great reminder of the locals’ ingenuity and the fine engineering that goes with each structure.
Explore nature
Laguna offers countless nature tripping activities for all ages:
· Visit the seven lakes in San Pablo City
· See the different, picturesque waterfalls of the province
· Try river rafting and water tubing in Majayjay and Magdalena
· Go hiking and discover the legendary Mt, Makiling
Rediscover PH roots and heritage
Wander around the historic town center of Pila and take a look at the beautiful old houses. Drop by at the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery and get a glimpse of the province’s historical past. Check out Rizal Shrine in Calamba to reacquaint about the colorful and revered life of the country’s national hero. Learn a thing or two about Paete, Laguna’s most artistic town and see how its community make their masterpieces using wood as their sculpting medium.

Estimated Costs

TRICYCLE FEE
A special trip costs Php 45.00 (depends on location)
AVERAGE PRICE PER DAY
Php 1,000.00 – Php 1,300.00
ACCOMMODATION
San Pablo City offers boutique resorts for those who want first class accommodation. Price starts at Php 2,400.00 and can go as high as Php 3,350.00 per night. The town of Santa Cruz as well has a wide selection of hotels, with accommodation that's starts from Php 1,400.00 per night. For budget conscious individual, there are cheap resorts and inns in the towns of Cavinti and Pagsanjan which starts at Php 720.00 per head.
FOOD
Budget – Php 100.00 – Php 150.00
Mid-range – Php 185.00 – Php 350.00
TOURISM FEE
Php 20.00
HIKE/GUIDE FEE
Php 150.00 – Php 300.00
JEEPNEY FARE
Minimum Fare Php 8.00

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