No Hiking Required: Get a View of the Sierra Madre for Only P50

It's only an hour away from Metro Manila.

Cita Verde
PHOTO BY Facebook/Cita Verde

( As a city resting on the foot slopes of the Sierra Madre, Antipolo in Rizal Province is known to not only have chilly weather, but also amazing mountain views. You also get front-row seats to a sea of clouds during sunrise if you're at the right spot. And Cita Verde in Barangay San Juan is one of those places. Plus, the entrance fee to its view deck is only P50. Gates open as early as 6 a.m. so you can catch the first few minutes of the sunrise.

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Antipolo Cita Verde
PHOTO BY Froi Photography/Cita Verde

Other Things to Do at This Antipolo Tourist Spot With a View

You can stay the night at Cita Verde. Sleep under a blanket of stars and wake up to a sea of clouds by booking their kubo for four pax at P1,800/night on weekdays and P2,000/night on weekends. A smaller hut for two ranges from P1,300 to P1,500, while tent accommodations are P500 for two if you have your own tent and P600 for two if you need to rent. You're allowed to bring food or cook your own meals in their common kitchen.

Antipolo with a view
PHOTO BY Froi Photography/Cita Verde
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Antipolo tourist spot with a view
PHOTO BY Froi Photography/Cita Verde
Rizal viewdeck
PHOTO BY Froi Photography/Cita Verde

There are several view decks to choose from, which make for perfect Instagram and TikTok shots. Photoshoots with a whole set-up are also welcome at Cita Verde. If you have your own photographer, it comes with an extra P1,000 fee. If you don't have one, Cita Verde has a partner photographer (Froi Photography) on standby for P2,500 for four hours.

Antipolo View Deck
PHOTO BY Froi Photography/Cita Verde
Cita Verde Kubo
Huts for two or four pax are available if you want to stay the night.
PHOTO BY Facebook/Cita Verde
Cita Verde Overnight
PHOTO BY Facebook/Cita Verde

How to Get to Cita Verde

If you're driving to Cita Verde, you can just follow Waze or Google Maps. You will turn right on a small street beside Sapinit Court and pass through cemented and rough roads. Roadside parking is available.

Another option is to ride a jeepney from Cubao to Cogeo, which takes about an hour. From Watson's in Cogeo, ride a jeep going to Pintong Bukawe or Sapinit Court. You can also ride a mini-bus going to Paenaan and get off at Cabading, then ride a tricycle to Sapinit Court. Cita Verde is a kilometer walk from the court.

Cita Verde is in Purok 3 Sitio Sapinit, San Juan, Antipolo City, Rizal. It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entrance fee is P50. For more information, follow Cita Verde on Facebook.

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