The Albay Wildlife Park in Tagas, Daraga, Albay was built way back in 2001, but it’s recently reopened last April this year after closing for renovations. The 5-hectare park houses more than 200 animals and has sufficient space for strolling or biking. There’s a food court and several cottages for families who want to go on a picnic and stay for a whole day, and there’s also a grassy playground with seesaws and swings for kids.
One of the main attractions in the park is the lagoon, with a roofed bridge traversing the center for visitors who want to look around. Guests can go boating by themselves or with the assistance of boat guides, and fishing activities are also held in the lake every now and then.
Near the park, just a few meters away, is the entrance that leads to the road going up to Lignon Hill. It’s a long upward climb that’s a favorite destination among joggers and health buffs. The climb offers visitors with a panoramic view of the entire Legazpi City and its neighboring areas—the higher you go, the more sights you can enjoy. At the top, guests are treated to a 360-degree view of the city, with the Mayon Volcano in the background.
Here are some of the activities that await visitors of Lignon Hill:
- Zipline. It’s 320 meters of exciting ride with lots of trees and greenery (and of course, Mayon!) to enjoy in the background.
- Kapit-Tuko Trail. This is a very steep shortcut climb going to the top of Lignon Hill. It’s a 5- to 10-minute climb that will test your fitness and courage (I am yet to try this one).
- Japanese Tunnel. It’s another thing to try for me. It’s a 50-foot tunnel that’s only 3 feet high. Some parts of the tunnel are so narrow that visitors will have to crawl.
- Fresh buco. There’s a store near the top of the hill that offers fresh buco juice and meat, perfect for quenching your thirst after the long climb.
The best time to visit the Lignon Hill is early in the morning or late at night, when the sun is not up. And due to the strenuous climb, better to still bring your own water even if there are vendors in the area.