Bad news out of Puerto Princesa this week for those who are heading there to see one of the natural wonders of the world. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is being closed for some rehabilitation and repairs.
Palawan Underground River
The tourism officials in charge of the Subterranean River National Park are working in conjunction with clean up and maintenance crews to make sure that the jungle trail and famous natural landmark are up to the safety standards as well as protected from the dangers of tourism. This is all part of the action of the Protected Area Management Board.
This is not the first time the trail has been closed down for repairs or maintenance. Periodically there are repairs or improvements made to protect the safety of visitors to the area. Since this is an area that has a very delicate ecosystem, it is important to make sure that the area gets a chance to breathe once in a while.
The area has been seeing a sharp increase in tourism since being listed as one of the potential New Seven Wonders of Nature. In addition to the vast underground river and cavern network, the jungle area is also a place that visitors love to visit because of the more than eight hundred plant species that exist there. The plants cover more than three hundred genera and up to one hundred families. Within all that green and flowering succulence there are a huge number of avian species. More than one hundred and sixty five types of birds with at least fifteen species being endemic to Palawan.
Normally, the trail is an incredible way for visitors to appreciate the jungle aspect of the Subterranean River National Park, but for the moment, it will be unavailable. Visitors to the Subterranean National Park however will be able to view the area as normal only using motorized boats instead of walking along the lush and verdant jungle trails. There is still an alternative trail available, the famous “Monkey Trail” but since this trail is more than an hour shorter than the jungle trail, there are bound to be some visitors disappointed.
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