Hidden Valley is a nature lover’s paradise. It is a 10-hectare private land nestled amidst abundant foliage—century-old trees, giant ferns, and lush palms. Above is a photo of the 300-year-old Amlang tree which is one of the resort’s attractions. Other attractions are the pools and the falls which is a 45-minute trek away from the main pavilion. Hidden Valley is wedged between Mt. Makiling and Mt. Banahaw.
When some friends went to Hidden Valley and came back with lots of nice stories and photos, I wanted to explore the place, too. That was 4 or 5 years ago. I never got the chance to go there. First, because I was told that day tour is pricey, and second, one needs a car to go there (and I don’t have a car 🙂 )
Recently, a very good friend of mine reminded me about it and was willing to accompany me. And then, a good news came: someone’s paying for my day tour! The universe conspired to make it possible for me to visit Hidden Valley heehee.
Everything was set..except we didn’t have a car. So, we dared to commute. Ang katwiran namin ng kaibigan ko, hindi kami maliligaw hangga’t nasa loob lang kami ng Pilipinas hehehe. We just walked in.
I’ll teach you later how to commute to Hidden Valley. Meanwhile, here are some more photos for your enjoyment.
First you walk on narrow leveled road….
then you go up…
then you go down..
then you walk near a shallow cliff…
then you go down again…
After a 45-minute trek, you’ll be rewarded with this—the hidden falls.
Now it’s time to swim…
I like the warm pools..
Where to? They’re both secluded hehehe.
Now, here’s how to find Hidden Valley by commuting (those who have cars can search Google for directions going there):
1. From EDSA or Alabang, take a bus going to Lucena (Quezon province) and tell the driver you are going to alight in Alaminos. It’s best to leave Metro Manila early para naman masulit ang bayad.
2. Alight in Alaminos (Laguna), near Mercury Drugs.
3. Beside Mercury Drugs is a small street where tricycles are parked.
4. Inquire from the tricycle drivers which tricycle can take you to Hidden Valley (We were charged 100 per head).
5. There are no PUVs from Hidden Valley to the main road which is about 4 kilometers so make sure to arrange for the tricycle to pick you up on a specific time in the afternoon. Wag na wag kalilimutan kunin ang number ni manong driver ng tricycle na maghahatid sa inyo para siya na rin ang susundo, ok?
Day tour costs PhP1,800 inclusive of welcome drinks, buffet lunch and snacks (sarap food!), and use of amenities like gazebos and pools. If you’re going as a group, it’s best to have previous arrangement with Hidden Valley staff.
Sige na, tour na sa Hidden Valley! 🙂 Madali lang. You can explore the place on your own, hindi kailangan ng tour guide.