Known as the Little Baguio of the Philippines, the 110 km highway that stretches from near Katipunan Ave that passes from Marikina, Antipolo and down to Infanta, Quezon provides a stunning view of the Sierra Madre mountain range. This is MaRiLaQue.
Commonly known as Marcos Hi-way, the Marilaque Hway is a stretch that passes 4 major areas: Marikina, Rizal, Laguna, and Quezon. The said highway was one of many favorite destination by motorist who seek mountain air and terrain atmosphere away from the metropolis. This road serve as the second route going to the province of Quezon particularly in General Nakar and Infanta. The first one starts from Sumulong Hi-way that stretches from Marikina, Cainta, then Antipolo, Teresa, Morong, Baras, Tanay, Mabitac, Siniloan, Famy, Real and Infanta. This is the busiest hi-way considering that major buses heading to Tanay (EMBC, RRCG Bus Liner) and Infanta (Raymond Bus) are on this route daily.
Unlike the first route, the Marilaque Hway is one of the few road less travelled by buses and this, I think is intended for private vehicles though there are PUJ’s that traversing to this area. The Marilaque Hway can be considered as the Halsema Highway of the South due to the patterns of the road and the spectacular terrain views of Sierra Madre. Like the famous Halsema Hway in Cordillera Region, the Marilaque Hway offers a unique view of the mountains plus the cool weather that make it as The Little Baguio.
We decided to make a stop over at Sierra Madre Resort in Tanay, Rizal. The place offers 360 degree view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Also, the resort is stunningly beautiful.
The resort offers various outdoor activities like zipline, swimming, bird watching and a bit of trekking to a secret, hidden gem of the resort that you will find out later (hehe!). It is also good for team building, retreat and for catholic faithfuls, you can also do station of the cross here. Take a peak on their largest Sto. Niño statue located near the view deck of the resort.
If you want to take a “me” time were you can do meditation or reflection, or to have a picnic with family or friends, you can also do it here.
What more can we say about these view:
And, there is one hidden paradise that quietly nested deep from the main activity area of the resort. For those who were not a fan of a long trekking, or simply want to try the feeling of a mountain trekker, you might want to go to Spring Waterfalls.
Going to this place might took you 30- 45 minutes depends on the pace of your trekking. Standing tall at more than 20 ft, this falls is famous for pre- nuptial photo shoot backdrop.
Going back to the deck to catch the sunset, it is unforgiving to skip and watch the settling of the sun and the mystical view of the mountain.
This resort is one of the few located along the highway. Reaching the end of the road in Infanta, it will take you atleast 3- 4 hours. Entrance fee to the Sierra Madre Resort is P50.00.
Hope to come back here at Marilaque and discover far beyond from what we’ve found. I am excited to visit Sta. Maria, Laguna and General Nakar of Quezon.
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