Tired of going to the beach? Try taking your family on a hike!
Tired of the usual beach trip during the summer? Why not mix things up and take your family on a hike!
Hiking with your family is a totally different experience compared to the usual vacation where families go to resorts to relax and have fun. For one, it helps keep you active, and it shows a different side to the Philippines that's not all about chilling and relaxing at the beach. It also helps foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of nature, and teaches kids why it's important to take care of the environment.
The Philippines might be a tropical country, but that doesn't mean that we're all about beaches and swimming. The Philippines has a lot of rainforests and mountains that are lush, untouched, and absolutely perfect for those who are looking for an amazing adventure.
Almost everywhere in the Philippines is a place where you can find a hiking trail, so it's easy to get started out.
Hiking also promotes better health, brings you closer as a family, and it's just a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature.
What are good, easy hiking trails for those who are just starting out?
There are a lot of relatively easy hikes that are perfect for kids as well as beginners, so you don't have to worry about straining yourself too much. Here are some of those trails:
- Gulugud Baboy in Anilao - Gulugud Baboy in Anilao, Batangas, is perfect for young hikers since it's a very quick hike, and you get to have an amazing view of the sea. Getting there is also relatively easy since a road has been built to gain quicker access to the trail.
- Manabu Peak - Also in Batangas, Manabu Peak boasts a great view, amazing scenery, as well as an easy hike. It's a great trail to get anyone started!
- Mt. Makiling - Mt. Makiling in Laguna is a classic trail that's very popular among hikers, and it's also very easy for kids. However, be sure to take a guide with you if you're not familiar with the trail, as you can end up in Calamba or Batangas if you go the wrong way.
- Mt. Balagbag - For a quick trip, Mt. Balagbag is your best bet. It's best to go there during the afternoon when the sun isn't so high.
- Mt. Maculot - A bit more challenging for kids, but fun nonetheless, Mt. Maculot is another great hike for beginners. The trails are safe, and there's no shortage of guides that are more than willing to accommodate you.
- Mt. Pulag - Mt. Pulag has sloped trails, so it's very easy for kids to climb. Plus, it's also a great camping spot, so you can stay the night! Just make sure to bring enough warm clothes as it does get pretty cold up there.
Safety should be a number one concern when hiking, so be sure that you and your kids have helmets, proper climbing shoes and clothes, as well as a guide. Maps are also handy, as well as food, cellphones, a powerbank, and a compass.
Even if you think it might be a short hike, it's always best to prepare for everything, so you should also bring medicine, and a first aid kit in case you need it.
Be sure to get a full night's sleep, as well as a good breakfast so that you and your family have enough energy for the climb. It's also best to bring your own trash containers as you should never leave any sort of trash behind on any mountain. It's also good practice to pick up any trash and dispose of it properly.
Lastly, be sure to have fun! Hikes are an amazing way to bond with your kids, and it's sure to be one of the most memorable activites you'll be having!
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