You're probably spending several months at your condo, and you'll be looking for things to do when your condo living becomes monotonous. New difficulties and emotions might arise no matter what sort of personality you have, so long as you stay inside. People thrive on social interaction and productivity, and not having these things at their fingertips is a huge challenge for many people. Activities and amusement will be required to brighten up your social isolation during this pandemic.
Cycling has been a popular pastime for many people as they adapt to the pandemic's new ways of doing things this year. Perhaps it's no surprise that more and more people are taking to the roads on two wheels.
When it comes to biking, Manila falls short of other Asian capitals. You'll be pleasantly delighted to learn that the Philippines offers some amazing mountain biking sites if you only go a little distance outside of the metropolis. It may take some time, effort, and money to get there, but if you're searching for destinations to bike in the Philippines that should be on your bucket list, we have a list of places to consider.
Best Spots for Mountain Bike Adventures
Quezon Memorial Circle
Located on Quezon City's Elliptical Road, the Quezon Memorial Circle or QMC is a national park with a 66-meter-tall mausoleum carrying the remains of Manuel L. Quezon, the second formal President of the Philippines. It is the city's most prominent feature.
There are several attractions in this city's major park, including an amusement park and a shrine. A floral garden, a tropical garden, and a demonstration urban farm are just a few of the smaller gardens found inside the urban park's grounds.
Plants such as herbs, succulents, and other houseplants can be purchased at QMC in addition to the usual fare of jogging, strolling, and bicycling, as well as picnicking.
Marikina River Park
In the eastern portion of Metro Manila, an 11-kilometer (6.8-mile) section of the Marikina River includes a network of parks, pathways, and open spaces.
220 hectares (540 acres) of land make up this urban riverfront park, which runs through many settlements. This is a great place to get some exercise and some fresh air because the major walkways are off-limits to motorized cars.
A tree-shaded cycling path with statues of animals and recreations of famous Philippine locations may be found here. Mosaic Art exhibits of natural landscapes built from items such as glass tiles, bottle caps, stones, plastic bottles, foam pieces, slippers, plastic clothespins, and more were installed in the region last Christmas 2019.
The island of Corregidor, located near Manila Bay, is an excellent location for short-term visitors to Manila who wish to get away from the city's traffic and learn more about the country's history. It is possible to visit Corregidor on a one-day trip from Manila through the MOA ferry station. The island's topography is suitable for any style of bike, and you may carry your road, mountain, or folding bike on the ferry.
It's not just history aficionados and kids on field trips that should visit Corregidor; it's also a terrific place for nature lovers, adventurers, and bikers. There is no traffic on Corregidor, thus it's considerably safer than riding in Manila's city centers. The island's steep but well-paved roads and forest paths may be traversed on a bicycle rather than on the tram. Historic ruins, ancient hospitals, barracks, cannons, and paths provide a variety of photo opportunities for biking enthusiasts.
Because of its proximity to Manila, its beautiful mountain scenery, its milder climate, and its lack of traffic, the province of Rizal is an excellent choice for road trips and bicycling excursions for individuals with a short amount of time.
A favorite weekend riding destination for Metro Manila residents, the Wind Farm in Pililla offers difficult uphills, refreshing views, and a distinctive backdrop of wind turbines that are rarely seen anywhere near the city.
Tanay, a town in Rizal province, is one of the best places to consider because of its proximity to the Sierra Madre Mountain range and its abundance of waterfalls and rivers that can be reached by bicycle. Daranak Falls, Daraitan, Tinipak River, Kinabuan Falls, and the distant Dumagat Village of Sta. Ines is just a few of Tanay's unique cycling paths and locations. Many settlements and ankle- to knee-deep creeks must be traversed on the way. To get to and from the starting point, or if you're biking the entire distance, you'll need to plan for a full day of riding.
In the Philippines, Gen. Nakar, the beachfront hamlet of Quezon is a haven for bikers. Gen. Nakar is a great location for bikers, with gorgeous mountain routes, crystal clear rivers, and streams, hanging bridges, and calm hidden beaches dotted with brown sand and pebbles facing the Pacific Ocean. The whole Gen. Nakar region has a variety of paths for all levels of bikers. For those who have the time, the drive from Manila is worth the effort.
UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City
The University of the Philippines' 493-hectare campus is a popular destination for joggers and cyclists. There is a designated bikers' and runner's lane on the State University's 2.2-kilometer-long Academic Oval. This is one of the nicest spots to ride a bike in the city.
Motorized vehicles are not allowed on Sundays, making it a popular spot for runners, bikers, longboarders, and families who just want to relax in the shade of a canopy of trees.
Additionally, there are other grassy spaces and secret paths throughout the school, like The Science Complex, Heartbreak Hill, University Avenue Pump Track, and the Lagoon region.
The Oblation statue, the UP Vargas Museum, public art projects, street cuisine, and street art are just some of the things to see and do in UP. In the summer, there are fire trees, sunflowers along University Avenue, and the Lantern Parade to look out for (Christmas).
Cordillera Administrative Region
The Cordillera Administrative Region is a popular location for mountain bikers, having a variety of tracks in several provinces. Benguet (Baguio), Ifugao (Banaue), and Mountain Province (Mt. Province) all have excellent riding paths. This is a great area to go cycling if you want to be surrounded by mountains, rocky roads, pine woods, lung-busting hills, and heart-pumping rough descents.
Baguio, the capital of the province of Leyte, is the most convenient starting place for cyclists who have only a few days to spare. On the boundary between Nueva Vizcaya and Benguet, Mt. Ugo is a popular hiking and biking destination. Mt. Pulag-like peaks, gorgeous pine woods, and panoramic vistas await intermediate cyclists on the area's challenging climbs and tricky paths.
If the global COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly given you lots of extra time to leave your condo in Manila or condo in Baguio, biking is a fun thing to do. Not only is it a great exercise but you will also love the sense of adventure and exploration that comes with it. Bicycles allow you to explore routes and areas that cars can't. Cycling is a great way to see the world in a new light.
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