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It was past 3 PM when the hobbit and his gang–the equally adventurous siblings Rixdon, Onin, and Ciara–reached the  last leg of their Legazpi tour: the Ligñon Hill Nature Park.

Most visitors go up the hill by car, but the thrill is in climbing the hill on your feet and experiencing those leg muscles swell. So, they did climb. The view was spectacular. Legazpi City, from a distance, looks like a green park by the bay dotted with houses and buildings. Rising at 156 meters above the sea, Lingñon Hill is a strategic location to appreciate the view, especially after dark when the entire placed is bathed in city lights. A climb early in the morning is also a good time to enjoy the cool fresh air, catch the sunrise, and see Mayon Volcano in its morning splendor.

At the top of Ligñon Hill, there is a landscaped promenade with restaurants and shops. Get mesmerized by the beauty of Mayon Volcano. When the sky is clear, you can actually see lines down the slopes of the volcano; they are actually streams formed by the flow of rocks and lava during eruptions. Grab that telescope on the view deck and explore a little more about this volcano. Enjoy and get a panoramic view of Daraga, Legazpi, and Albay Gulf.

After sweating out and gulping some drinks, the sightseeing and adventure started. Rixdon and Ciara were the bravest to try the 320-meter zipline. That was their first. And they had a really great time.

Adventures at the Park
Other activities at Ligñon Hill are hiking, biking, rappelling, and paintball. Near the base of the hill, close to the entrance, there’s also a short tunnel that served as camp for the guerillas during the Japanese war.

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Operating Hours:
8AM to 11PM Daily
5AM to 9AM Regular Joggers (free of charge)

Environmental fee rates:
P10 Educational Tour rates
P20 Non-Albay residents
P20 Foreign Visitors

Zipline off-season rates (with hard copy picture):
P250 Basic
P350 Advance – superman

Rapelling (150 feet):
P200 off-season
P250 peak-season

How to Get to Ligñon Hill:
From Legazpi, a Daraga Loop 1 jeepney will take you directly to the foot of the hill. From Daraga, you can take a tricycle from the centro to Tagas, then ask the driver to drop you off at the tennis court next to Albay Park and Wildlife.

ArisMape

ArisMape is a travel insider at ABS-CBN's Choose Philippines. He loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint, and hates beef, slow internet, and long taxi lines. His pastime is watching people watch other people. He swears on the power of smartphone. His half-life? Thirty.