It’s approximately four-hour travel from Nueva Ecija to Dipaculao, Aurora. When you’re from Manila, it takes eight hours to reach Aurora. If I’m not mistaken, from Manila you got to travel to Nueva Ecija, Cabanatuan City which is four hours and from there you can get a bus all the way to Aurora which takes another four hours.
A long journey indeed till you reach nearby mountains and vast Farmville you actually only got to see on Facebook games. It seems like an unfunny joke to contemplate that there is no huge malls and variety of fast food chains to provide our customary needs and wants in this remote province, and come to think about the poor signal of cell sites adds burden altogether. So my number 1 tip is just enjoy the moment being in a distant place and forget everything about city life. Expect your drinking water without chlorine and cold even not refrigerated. Just savor the time, inhale fresh air and tranquil your mind at once.
2nd tip: it’s best to have your own vehicle ’cause there’s no accessible car to hire anytime and it can cost you too much. Transportation is a dilemma in rural places. We rode a motorcycle under a 37 degrees torrid sun. Outcome: much worst than sunbathing.
There’s a river within reach connected to Ampere Beach where people especially children take time to indulge themselves in swimming, immersing in cool flowing river. They say that this river was once very deep and had killed little kids who were drowned while swimming so residents have blocked the flowing water with plenty of enormous rocks to shoal the river.
Ampere Beach is not a quite good beach for swimming because of the intensity of its Pacific waves. Nonetheless, its breathtaking view can suffice. Land is covered with rocks in different forms, sizes and colors. There’s a cave yonder but we didn’t manage to get in. Perhaps next time.