Baler Road Trip: How to get there

Posted by: Carlo Lorenzo
One of the scenes on the road to Baler

One of the scenes on the road to Baler

The road trip to Baler was a fun adventure in itself. You can choose to drive to Baler with friends and family, ride a bus, or, fly by plane.

My friends and I chose to bring a car and I think this was the best choice. It gave us the chance to make toilet stops and the best part would be the picture-taking stops.

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The trip, by land, is usually a six-hour ride. Unless you choose to take the Bongabong route which takes forever.

Snooze

If you have an iPad with the Maps application, it will suggest for you to take the Bongabong route because it seems shorter. But believe me, that path is very bumpy with a lot of road construction that the iPad does not see. That was our mistake during my first trip to Baler a few months back when we used the Bongabong route. Again, do not use the Bongabon route. This time around, we avoided that path.

Here are some pictures I took of the road if you use the Bongabong route. Hopefully the pictures will be able to discourage you from this route.

Muddy and Bumpy Road using Bongabon Route

Muddy and Bumpy Road using Bongabon Route

Rocky Road

Rocky Road

Zigzags beside a cliff

Zigzags beside a cliff

MANILA TO BALER

We began our trip past 2am. If you’re coming from Manila, go to North Luzon Expressway or NLEX. At the last toll gate somewhere in Dau, ask the toll booth clerk where to go to so you can enter Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway or SCTEX. Dau is part of Pampanga Province.

Check and follow signs leading to Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. You will pass through Aliaga before you reach Cabanatuan. Aliaga and Cabanatuan are part of Nueva Ecija Province while Baler is part of Aurora Province.

Along the national highway, check for signs leading to Baler, Aurora. You can always ask. During our trip, we asked so many times and this helped us a lot from making wrong turns. Get ready for zigzags and slippery roads (when it’s raining).

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Along the Nueva Ecija-Aurora highway, we passed through the different Nueva Ecija towns but we had to make a major stop somewhere in Barangay Marikit, Pantabangan Municipality, Nueva Ecija.

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Why? By this time, around 6am, we were amazed by the breathtaking view. The clouds were embracing the mountains surrounding the highway.

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This tree looked enchanting. It stood out while the thick fog covered the greens around it.

Enchanting. This tree will not let the thick fog cover its magnificence. Awesome view at Brgy. Marikit in Pantabangan Municipality, Nueva Ecija Province.

Enchanting. This tree will not let the thick fog cover its magnificence. Awesome view at Brgy. Marikit in Pantabangan Municipality, Nueva Ecija Province.

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Jump shots are a must.

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These jumps made me feel like we’re so high up on the clouds.

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You can try the superman jump.

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But I recommend you jump with bent knees or legs apart to make your jump look high.

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Take the shots from a low angle, meaning, position the camera close to the ground to give the illusion that the jumper made a really high jump.

From Nueva Ecija, you follow the road signs leading to Baler.

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When we reached Aurora Province, we took photos of the scenery.

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Rice fields, farms, carabaos. The clouds make them look even more awesome.

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Then, you’ll pass through the towns of Maria Aurora and San Luis before reaching Baler. You will see the town’s gate and what did we do? We had to take pictures again, of course.

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Baler's Logo

Baler’s Logo

You can have creative shots to make it appear you’re holding the town logo on the arch.

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We arrived at our first destination past 8am.

BUS RIDE

I still prefer using a car because I love to make picture-taking stops.

But if you want to snooze your way to Baler, I recommend the bus ride. Here you can sleep without having worries of getting lost.

Genesis Transport Service, Inc. has regular trips to Baler from Manila. They have two terminals in Cubao, Quezon City and in Pasay. They also provide trips from Baler to Manila.

When I checked their website, their first trip begins at 3am and their last trip at 7:30am with hourly intervals. Of course, this might change later on, so their contact details are listed below.

Genesis Schedule

GENESIS TRANSPORT SERVICE, INC
http://www.genesistransport.com.ph
G/F Genesis Transport Building
704 EDSA Corner New York St.,
Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines 1109
Tel. No.: (02) 709-0803 / (02) 421-1425

BALER AIRPORT

Now there are available flights to Baler via Skyjet from Manila to Baler Airport also known as Dr. Juan C. Angara Airport. You can call Skyjet at (02) 863 1333, email them at info@skyjetair.com, and check their website http://www.skyjetair.com

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It’s a very small airport. When there aren’t any scheduled flight, you can catch kids and pets roaming the area.

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It’s not actually located in Baler, but in the neighboring town San Luis. It’s just a 15-minute ride to Baler anyway.

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It was our first time to visit this airport.

Since the runway was empty, we sat in the middle and took photos.

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Sitting down wasn’t enough… time to lie down.

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Visiting the airport was brief. It could’ve been boring but it’s a must for us to turn simple things into fun adventures.

Our road trip was enjoyable because of the scenery and the company. If you intend to bring your car, be sure to bring your friends or family along. It’s creepy driving the dark zigzags at night. Also, be careful during the rainy season because the way to Baler is a landslide prone area.

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Additional Photo Credits: Ben Rodriguez, Audee Villaraza and Kean Lim.

Full Disclosure: We used our car to go to Baler and paid for our gas. From there, the office of Aurora Vice Governor Rommel Angara made arrangements for the transportation service within Baler and its neighboring towns. This was part of the arrangement to promote Baler in this website and hopefully boost tourism. Angara’s driver Lito Marigmen toured us and also helped take pictures.

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  • ian iturralde

    How much yung bus ride?

    • Carlo Lorenzo

      Thanks Ian. Bus fare may be about Php450
      But to be sure if rates have gone up, you may get in touch with GENESIS TRANSPORT
      (02) 709-0544
      2/F Genesis Transport Building
      704 EDSA Corner New York St.,
      Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines 1109

  • Fely

    Thanks for the helpful tips…will check your show next week, missed yesterday’s. Best wishes.

    • Carlo Lorenzo

      Thank you very much :)

    • http://www.crispypataatkarekare.com/ Carlo F. Lorenzo

      thank you so much, God bless :)

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      wow, thanks bro, your comment just blessed me a lot!!!

  • dp552

    I’m preparing to visit Baler for a few days, and all your info and entertaining comments here are very helpful….bravo!

    • http://www.crispypataatkarekare.com/ Carlo F. Lorenzo

      thank you dp552

  • Little Miss Surfer

    awesome photos! makes me feel like I’m home. Loving Baler even more. Can’t wait to go back in few days time. :)

    • Carlo Lorenzo

      thank you so much. i also want to go back to baler soon. happy surfing!

    • http://www.crispypataatkarekare.com/ Carlo F. Lorenzo

      thank you, hope my weekly articles here give u more details about where to go in the philippines :)

  • Dee

    How about the vehicle for transpo, what can you suggest we should use?

  • PJ Hx

    Hi Carlo, thanks for this very nice article! I’d just like to ask if a compact car can pass all the roads to baler? Thanks!

  • cindiee

    This is really a helpful article (and entertaining because of the photos). My friends and I are already planning our trip to Baler and I am so glad to come accros your blog. Thumbs up!