I'll take this time to talk a little about our accommodations.
|El Cielo Mansion|
We stayed at El Cielo Mansion. It is what is referred to as a 'pension' or 'bed-and-breakfast'. It had only been open for about five months so everything was very new. It only has about a dozen rooms and the staff are very attentive.
One thing that we thought was hilarious, is that the plug for the TV was Euro style but the outlets in the wall were all flat! They might have had adapters but we never asked. I've noticed that here; electronics come with every imaginable plug! We've picked up a few power bars that can take the different styles. Same voltage, different plug.
|A mother hen with her chicks.|
|Orchids growing on a tree by the driveway.|
The one thing that we found frustrating, which has nothing to do with the hotel, was the transportation. There are no taxis or jeepneys, only trikes. And many of the drivers are out to gouge you! We are spoiled with our honest drivers and set rates here in Davao. In Puerto Princesa, we were told that the rate for the trike was P8 for the first two km and then P1 for each km after that, per person. But you have to negotiate the price up front. We had guys asking P100 for 1.5km! (It only costs about P200 to run a trike for a whole day.) It's not that we can't afford it, but it's the principal of the thing. I get that we have to pay the "white tax" but these guys are taking advantage of ignorant tourists. Puerto Princesa is a burgeoning tourist destination and this will become an issue. People need to be able to get around easily and there are no alternatives right now.
Still, this was a wonderful trip and I highly recommend it to anyone considering a vacation in the Philippines.
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