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10 Campsites In and Around Antipolo Perfect for Stargazing

A quick drive from the Metro!

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Mountain ridges and hills not only make great spots for waking up to a sea of clouds, but also for sleeping under the stars. These places are far enough from artificial lights and smog, and set the stage for stars to twinkle as bright as they can. Plus points if they're just a quick drive from the Metro—such as the hilly terrain of Rizal Province.

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Check out these perfect spots, Camping Antipolo and Tanay for a stargazing weekend:

UCM Adventure Park


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Old Army Road, Barangay Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal
www.facebook.com/ucmadventurepark/
Rates start at P750 per person

UCM Adventure Park is perfect for those who love the thrill of riding an ATV across a muddy trail all the way to a gorgeous viewdeck at the end. An ATV ride starts at P1,500 per person for an hour and a half or you can enjoy the two-hour adventure trail for P2,500 per person. At the end of a tiring day, you can pitch your tent at the main campsite for P1,000 per person or the hilltop campsite at P750 per person.

Dalandanan Nature Camp


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Sitio Binayoyo, Calawis, Antipolo City, Rizal
www.facebook.com/antipolocampground
Rates start at P400 per person

Mt. Bagtas is one of the newest hiking destinations in Antipolo. Most adventure seekers start the trail as early as 5:30 a.m. to catch the sea of clouds, so it's best to set up your tents at the nearby Dalandanan Nature Camp before your climb. Plus you can spend your day harvesting dalandan from the trees, and wait until sundown to sleep under the stars. Rates start at P400, which is inclusive of a spot for pitching your own tent, entrance to Bunsuran Falls, barangay fee, environmental fee, and a cottage. A group of five can pay P1,000 for a tour guide.

Quest Adventure Camp


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Sitio Buhangin, Dalig, Teresa, Rizal
www.questadventure.ph
Rates start at P300 per tent

The 11-hectare Quest Adventure Camp is another favorite for groups looking for a one-of-a-kind weekend getaway. It has rope and obstacle courses, zip line facilities, a couple of swimming pools, and a lot of open space. You can also bring your mountain bikes and follow the four-kilometer Alitit Bike Trail and challenge yourself with all the uphill and stream crossing. Campers can rent out tents for P300 or go for the tent with outdoor tables and chairs (P500).

Lambingan Hills


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Narra Street, Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal
www.facebook.com/Lambingan-Hills-Official-280038439346931
Rates start at P200 per tent

Lambingan Hills, which opened to the public in 2018, is a privately owned property with a vacation house. Day entrance is at P50 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and guests can take photos of the garden's colorful Celosia flowers, hang out at the swings, or just look out at the surrounding verdant terrain. You can rent a tent for two (P200) for an overnight stay (4 p.m. to 9 a.m.). Shower areas and restrooms are available on-site.

Ridges and Clouds


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Sitio Maysawa, Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal
www.facebook.com/Ridges-and-Clouds-Nature-Camp-105748270876223
Rates start at P500 per person

Ridges and Clouds Nature Camp features an amazing view of the foothills of Sierra Madre and a sea of clouds during sunrise. Its location away from the city lights guarantees more stars amid a blanket of darkness at night. You can book their Twin Ifugao House for six (P7,000), then set up tents for P500 per head. It's pet-friendly, solar-powered, and there's no WiFi and mobile signal here, so you can completely go off-the-grid.

Singalong Nature Campsite Hill


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Sitio Singalong, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal
singalongnaturecampsite.business.site
Rates start at P600 per tent

Go trekking during the day, then cozy up in a sleeping bag at night to catch a meteor shower. Tents for two are at P1,000, which is inclusive of beddings, foam, pillows, and blankets. Campers are advised to bring their personal first-aid kits, insect repellants, and drinking water. You can enjoy the wonders of nature as the site is far from the conveniences of city life: for one, you won't find showers here for when you need to take a bath. If you're up for it, you might even want to try the kawa bath, where you can take a dip in a huge cauldron!

Big Handy's Grounds

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Tanay, Rizal
www.facebook.com/Big-Handys-Grounds-314120765450349

Big Handy's Grounds is a popular venue for stargazing events. Because it's located within a private farm, they only admit campers during scheduled sessions so just watch for Philippine Astronomical Society's updates on Facebook. It’s a huge plus if you really want to get into the basics of stargazing or astronomy.

Phillip’s Sanctuary


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Sitio Panlilingan, Pestaño Farm Road, Antipolo City, Rizal
www.phillips-sanctuary.com
Rates start at P790 per person

This eco-adventure mountain resort owned by the Pestaño family offers a home to nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The late Ensign Philip Andrew A. Pestaño, P.N., envisioned a sprawling farm built with military-grade obstacle courses that anyone—even non-military guests—can use for team-building activities.

Camp BOA


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Sta. Ines Road, Tanay, Rizal
www.facebook.com/campboa
Rates start at P500 per tent

Camp BOA serves as a base camp and jump-off point for travelers who wish to explore the famous Kaliwa Watershed Reserve in Tanay, Rizal. You can pitch your own tent (P500 for day trip or P800 for overnight) and enjoy the area's flora and fauna, clean river where you can take a dip, and bonfire pit for s'mores night.

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Treasure Mountain


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Sitio Maysawa, Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal
www.facebook.com/TreasureMountainTanay
Rates start at P500 per tent

Treasure Mountain in Tanay, Rizal is a not-so-secret destination for campers and stargazers who want to enjoy the pitch-black setting on a hill but don't want to go through a grueling hike. The campsite, which is a privately owned property, can easily be reached just by driving all the way to the entrance. They have day tours (P150/head) and overnight rates if you wish to pitch a tent (P500 for two pax) or sleep in a cottage (P3,500 for a maximum of six people).

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Realliving.com.ph editors.

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