Located just around fifty km from the beautiful city of Puerto Princesa in the Philippines, lies the famous underground river. It recently has been included in the New 7 Wonders list. As a result, millions of people from all over the globe comes here to visit this stunning underground river philippines. Although it is called the underground river, it is technically above the sea level.
Some facts about the underground
It is just a 2-hour drive from the city of Puerto Princesa. It lies within the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. The area is protected, and the number of tourists visiting every day is also controlled by the authorities. On your way to the river, you will be able to see the famous Ugong Rock. Many tourists prefer to stay here to experience the life of a caveman.
2. Flora and Fauna
Inside the river, you will get to see lots of different kinds of animals and plants. There are around eight hundred species of plants found here. Because of the presence of such a huge variety of plants, you will also get to see many animals, especially the monkeys. Many tourists also feed the monkeys.
The monkeys are so used to getting food from the tourists, that they sometimes try to snatch away the foods from your hands. Hence, you need to be extremely careful. Apart from that, you will also find different kinds of birds here. It is estimated that around one sixty-five species of birds reside here.
3. The size of the river
The river is around 8.2 km long, but you can’t go the entire length of the river. Only 4.3 km of the river has been made accessible to the tourists. If you want to visit the remaining part, you have to get a special permit, which is very difficult to get for normal tourists. But still, you should try to get your hands on the permit, because it is totally worth it.
4. Inside the river
Tourists are given a fiberglass boat to explore the interiors of the river. You will be accompanied by a boatman, who will share you the history and interesting stories about the river. If you look closely, you will observe that the rock formations represents a figure or an object.
Some of them look like the horse, fruits, mushrooms. There is also one rock formation, which looks like the figure of a naked lady. The authorities here are extremely worried about your safety. You will need to wear a helmet because some loose rocks often fall from the roof of the cave.