Rizal province is a very mountainous province with Sierra Madre mountain range running through it. The province is named after one of the national heroes of the Philippines, José Rizal. Rizal province is very diverse and features many amazing rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and caves set amongst beautiful tropical forest.
In the town of Tanay, you will find two amazing and popular waterfalls (Daranak and Batlag Falls), and a sensational underground cave (Calinawan Cave), which is well worth a visit. These three sites are all within close proximity of each other and can easily be seen in a day. There is also the unbelievable rock formation of Nagpatong Rock which is also in Tanay and is one of the more rigorous hiking adventures for any thrill seekers. Nearby to this is the Masungi Georeserve which is a very unique way to explore the natural rock formations in the area.
Rizal province is also home to the Angono Petroglyphs, which are considered to be the oldest known work of rock art in the Philippines. They are believed to be traceable back to around 4,000BC. This is only about 25 kilometres away from Manila! Or, there is the unique waterfall of Palo Alto in Baras, which is set in a housing estate.
The provincial capital, Antipolo, has some spectacular mountain scenery, art galleries, and old churches. It is also the most populous city in the Calabarzon region and the seventh most populous city in the Philippines. It is famous as a pilgrimage site and has a lot of historical significance dating back to the Spanish colonial era. There is also Hinulugang Taktak National Park which has a great waterfall and some nice picnic huts where you can relax with some lunch.
Rizal province offers a lot to see and do and is easily accessible from Manila. It is a great place for day trips from Manila, so get out there and check it out.