Begin your adventure at the Antipolo Roman Catholic Cathedral, a 100-year-old masterpiece filled with stained-glass windows and antique paintings, and fronted with a Spanish-inspired facade. Art lovers will also appreciate the painting-lined walls of the nearby Pinto Art Museum.
A natural spot to cool down from the afternoon heat is at Hinulugang Taktak, where you can find a large waterfall, a man-made swimming pool suitable for adults and children and some waterside picnic spots. Cannonball, anyone? For a late afternoon hike, trek along the two-kilometre marked track to the Mystical Cave, a holy site home to religious images and (reportedly) healing waters.
The easiest way to get to the city is to fly to Manila International Airport. Shuttle buses and taxis are available to transport travellers to Antipolo hotels. Colourful jeepneys—part car, part art installation—as well as some 800 tricycles, are all on hand to zip you into the city in the traditional way. You may also want to consider hiring one of Wotif’s rental cars in Manila, about 20 km east, as it will give you the freedom to road trip to other Java destinations like Bandung and Surabaya.
Hotels in Antipolo start at AU$35 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.