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Albay: Solong Eco-Park

Located at Barangay Solong, Camalig in the province of Albay, Solong Eco-Park is one of the newest tourist destinations in Camalig.

The 6.5-hectare Solong Eco-Park opened to the public on April 29, 2017. It's known for outdoor activities like the hill trek and spelunking inside Crystal Cave. Although these activities seem to target the energetic youth, it's actually suited for explorers of any age. The 10-15-minute hike up its hill is made easy by the old car tires that were installed as improvised steps. Aside from that, the cool fresh air and the soothing sound of the breeze and the melodious songs of the birds relax one's mind and body. That's why I was not surprised when my mom who's not the outdoorsy type successfully hiked the said hill. 
Road to Solong Eco-Park

Welcome to Solong Eco-Park

Don't miss out the chance to take pictures with the giant letter standees!
Going up the hill!

Halfway there!

Almost there!
The path to the left leads to the hill and the one on the right to Crystal Cave.

Can you guess what we chose?



From the top of the hill, visitors can take a breather at the rest area. They can also order some refreshments and snacks in the mini-store that's situated there. Once the visitors are ready, they may choose to go cave spelunking or continue hiking up the highest point of the hill. 
... Crystal Cave it is.


Crystal Cave entrance

Mustering her courage to go in the cave
Inside the cave

The guide showed us some "crystals" inside the cave

In our case, we chose to explore Crystal Cave (aka Solong Cave) first. To get there, we had to do a 5-minute descent on the other side of the hill. Like our trek up, the trail down was made easier by the old car tire steps. Once we reached the cave opening, the young local guides who were stationed there gave us a "hugot-filled" briefing (Filipino readers would get what this means) about the rules when spelunking inside the cave. The simple rule was, follow the guide at all times and never touch the stone formations inside. The explorable area in the cave for tourists was 250 meters but if you brought your kid along, like me, you'd only be allowed to explore 50 meters and be ushered back out by another guide. 
Next stop... the hill with the 360 degree panoramic view of Camalig
Almost there...
Here are some pictures we took from the top of the hill:





After the cave spelunking, we had to hike back to the rest area then go for an additional 2-5 minute hike to the highest point of the hill. What I love about this area of Solong Eco Park are its installations. This reminds me of those similar installations found in Bali, Indonesia. These add up to the composition of photos for our social media accounts. After the photo-shoot, we got to rest in the open-air hut on the top of the hill. This hut offers a 360-degree view of the eco-park and its surrounding hills. If you're lucky, you'd get to see Mayon Volcano if it's not hiding behind the clouds.
Time to go back down.
Heading back to the jump off point
Back to the large I LOVE SOLONG ECO PARK standee


Gotta rest a bit after all those adventures

Tea making with Ms. Beth Marino
Blue ternate tea... Before and after adding calamansi

Other things to check out in Solong Eco-Park is the mini hanging bridge and the bee farm. Also, don't forget to take a photo with the giant "I LOVE SOLONG ECO PARK" standee near the entrance of the park. If you happen to visit during lunchtime, you may opt to try their dishes as well. 

Other things to see in Solong Eco-Park:
Mini hanging bridge
one of the bee houses in the Bee Farm 
These are probably native bees...

Road back home...

I got the chance to visit Solong Eco-Park during the 3rd day of our 2019 Bicol Road Trip. Overall, I highly suggest this to everyone who's planning to visit Albay particularly the town of Camalig. It's totally an overall package. 

Getting there:

From Manila, ride a bus bound for Legazpi City in the province of Albay. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Camalig town proper. From there, you can rent a tricycle that will bring you to Solong Eco- Park and bring you back to the town proper after. Rate goes from 300 - 400 pesos. 


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Comments

  1. Beautiful pictures! That looks like so much fun

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    1. Thanks Renee! A visit to Solong Eco-Park is really enjoyable. Please do come visit.

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  2. What a cool place! I especially love checking out caves.

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  3. The Christal Cave seems like such a wonderful experience

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    1. It was. Sadly, I only managed to check out 50 meters of it.

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  4. What a nice looking park. So much to do!

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  5. Awesome post keep up the good work

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  6. Wow this is a beautiful park. Its colorful and has some fun elements in the park to make it memorable!

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    1. I agree with you Lily! Solong Eco-Park seems to have it all; a cave, a hill, a bee farm... truly an amazing place. I can't wait to come back and visit it.

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