Even if you have heard about Puerto Galera as one of the top beach destinations in the Philippines, you have still not heard enough. Puerto Galera, simply referred to as Puerto by locals, is indeed famous for its beaches. However, it has many other natural attractions (thus far unsung) to offer, including the mystical Aniuan Falls.
The hike to Aniuan Falls is quite an experience itself. Foreign tourists taking this hike will get a better understanding of life in rural Philippines. What visitors see in the Puerto Galera area is pretty much what goes on in most rural areas in the Philippines: laid back life, exoticism, and with very little development. Puerto Galera is in Oriental Mindoro, an island not very far away from Manila, the capital city. It is a popular island for its beaches and tourist destinations (Puerto Galera is just one of them), and yet there has not been significant development or modernization of the island. If not for the pull of tourism, the locals would not have many opportunities for livelihood. [Read more…]