Tierra Alta is around 30 minutes away from Dumaguete city. It is located in Palinpinon, Valencia, Negros Oriental.
More popularly known as the venue for ”The Rush” Zipline. A visit there without trying it out would be an opportunity wasted and incomplete. On our part, we were really looking forward to taking that challenge, but the management imposed a maximum weight limit, so only my wife was able to try it. But if it’s any consolation to me, the whole thing was over and done with in a matter of seconds. The rate back then was P250 per head.
This time around, we were fixated on their newly added Aquatica infinity pool, jacuzzis and other unfamiliar amenities.
We arrived at the Tierra Alta reception area around noon, but the lady clerk at the information desk told us that swimming is only allowed from 2 PM onwards.
The entrance fee is P50, but if one wishes to swim in their pool it would cost P500 per person with P200 consumable, so since there were two of us so that got doubled to P400. Not bad, really. We only added a couple hundred bucks plus tips totaling P1,250.
We stepped inside the Tierra Cafe and ordered our takeouts in advance. For a restaurant nestled right on top of a mountain, it’s really a big boost for such a residential resort.
It was 1:30 PM, when we ascended the lighthouse for some photo op. From the viewing deck above, we were able to capture well our immediate surroundings and beyond.
Luckily they gave us the go signal at 1:45 PM. We rushed to their lagoon-type swimming pool tested it out for the first time. It wasn’t deep, but it covered a wide expanse. We swam to the edge of their infinity pool and marveled at the breathtaking sceneries. It had some ethereal qualities to it, like we were a God and Goddess of Olympus high up in the sky.
Tierra Alta Lighthouse
The lighthouse of Tierra Alta offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the whole compound, the Phil South housing projects and the neighboring spots as far as the eyes can see.
Since our main intent was to swim and frolic in their Aquatica pool, we weren’t permitted to be served main courses like steaks and seafood which we love, instead we were only allowed snacks, pizzas and desserts.
The Pavilion (in front of Tierra Cafe at the Clubhouse)
Kids Menu, Snacks, Pizzas, Desserts
Main Course, Pasta, Sizzlers
Lunch by the Aquatica Pool at Tierra Alta
Our orders came – a big hamburger, pizza and some canned juice drinks. Yummy!
Swimming in Aquatica at Tierra Alta
Time spent in the Aquatica pool of Tierra Alta: swimming in the pool – 2 hours, jacuzzi – 2 hours – eating every now and then, walking around and picture taking – 1 hour.
They have two jacuzzi pools located on both ends of the pool. We loved the massaging effect of the bubbles!
Nicco’s Bonfire at Tierra Alta
The lamp posts there automatically switch on later in the afternoon. It was a bewitching display of playful lighting indeed.
Earlier that day, we stumbled upon a bonfire area and in the evening we requested to light it up, since it was already dark, but we were enlightened that it only happens when there are functions like weddings, birthdays and seminars. We realized that we got a bit too demanding while in Tierra Alta, must be that “high and mighty” feeling again. Before we got carried away, we vacated the pool and hit the shower rooms.
Thank you to the brilliant minds behind Tierra Alta. It was quite a whimsical experience worth sharing with others.
The Rush Zipline at Tierra Alta
600 meters of dual zipline, operated by professional and trained staff, 4 riding styles, big discount on group bookings.
Zipline Operating Schedule:
Tuesday – Sunday
(Closed on Mondays)
Time: 9 AM – 6 PM
Call or Text: 09234465293
Landline: (035) 536 0096
How to Get to Tierra Alta from Dumaguete
From Dumaguete, ride a tricycle going to Tierra Alta in Valencia. Look for motorcycles for rent in the area. Just ask around.
NOTE: We haven’t tried this mode of transportation yet since we have our own private vehicle. We will do a dry run in the near future and update this post.