How do you think a holiday in Pampanga, Philippines is going to be like? Pampanga is a gorgeous destination that’s worth touring for its immense tourist delights. Pampanga in the Philippines is world renowned for its Kapampangan cuisine that’s characterized by a rare blend of Spanish and Filipino cuisine. No wonder Pampanga is also known as the ‘Culinary Capital of Philippines’. From quality restaurants in Pampanga serving authentic Kapampangan cuisine to adventure parks and museums, there are plenty of tourist attractions in Pampanga. Read on to find out about the best places you should visit in Pampanga.
Did you know that Pampanga is actually a Spanish word? We bet you wouldn’t have! ‘La Pampanga’ literally translates to ‘river bank’ in English. The place gets this name from the early Spanish invaders who named the region as La Pampanga in 1571 when they met up with the natives of the region living along the Pampanga River. Interestingly, Pampanga is also the first Spanish province of Luzon Island.
Bucket-list of places you should visit in Pampanga:
Dinosaurs Island, Mabalacat City
Dinosaurs Island is a top Mabalacat Pampanga tourist spot. It is a Dinosaur theme park with a museum. The place has an abundance of dinosaur displays that make people experience an illusion of actually seeing real life extinct dinosaurs because they look so real!
The main attractions of the theme park are:
- Dino Trail- This is a guided tour with a display of moving dinosaurs. The tour can help you step back in time and learn about the rich history of the extinct giant dinosaurs
- Dino World of Fun- This is a graphic visual of the gigantic creatures made using animatronics technology, a must-visit attraction
- Unearth Museum- This is a museum attraction. A tour of it can help you get a close-up of the rare dinosaur fossils and 4 skeletons of the extinct giant creatures
- Jurrasic Jungle Safari- This is a safari ride for giving you a feeling of being chased by life-like replicas of the dinosaurs
Entry Fee: Costs Php 350 per person
Timings: Monday to Sunday; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Nayong Pilipino, Pampanga
A visit to Nayong Pilipino is perfect for an educational tour of the culture of the Filipino people. This must be on top of your bucket-list of places you should visit in Pampanga. Nayong Pilipino is a cultural theme park set on a 45 hectare estate with miniature replicas of the important historical attractions of the vast archipelagic nation of the Philippines. Miniature versions of the iconic Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Magellan’s Cross, and other top political and national heroes of Philippines can be found at this theme park.
Entry Fee: Costs Php 150 for adults
Timings: Tuesday to Monday; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The SandBox, Alviera in Porac
The SandBox at Alviera is one of the best places you should visit in Pampanga. The place is perfect for adventure enthusiasts and kids alike. This is an outdoor adventure park filled with many action packed activities like a rollercoaster zip-line for zip lining (AvatarOne-first of its kind in Asia), a giant swing (the tallest one in Philippines), and other side attractions like archery and ATV joyrides. The entry ticket to SandBox will not give you free access to its other attractions. AvatarOne or roller coaster zip-line costs Php 150; Giant Swing costs Php 150; ATV rides costs Php2500.
Entry Fee: Costs Php100 per person
Timings: Tuesday to Monday; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Mount Pinatubo Trekking
Mount Pinatubo, an almost quite volcano, is one of the most instagrammable places in Pampanga. You can find plenty of tourist packages to Mount Pinatubo from Manila; most of them are single day tours and include to and fro transfers by 4X4 jeep with a Filipino travel guide and costs about Php 13000 per person. Don’t miss out on taking a trek from Mount Pinatubo to the nearby volcano crater for beholding the world’s largest lahar canyon.
Entry Fee: Free
Timings: All days of the week
Now that you have got a bigger picture about the best places you should visit in Pampanga, don’t you think it’s high time you planned a holiday in this beautiful province of Philippines? The easiest way to reach Pampanga is taking a cheap flight to Manila and driving down to this touristy spot.