Aptly nicknamed “the city in a forest,” Puerto Princesa city offers up a very unique natural wonder, it’s underground landscape.

Puerto Princesa River in the Philippines, One of the World's Natural Wonders
Puerto Princesa River in the Philippines, One of the World's Natural Wonders

Aptly nicknamed “the city in a forest,” Puerto Princesa city offers up a very unique natural wonder, it’s underground landscape. Puerto Princesa’s pride is easily the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River (or Underground River), which has been designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The city has also been named Philippines’ cleanest and greenest city, and has been internationally recognized for environmental excellence

The 8.2-kilometer river, said to be the longest navigable underground river in the world, meanders underneath a mountain range, through the St. Paul Underground River Cave, and then goes out into the South China Sea. The journey through the cave system alone is 24 kilometers long. The park where the underground river exists is a national park and a model of biodiversity. More than 800 plant species, including almost 300 trees, 195 bird species, 30 mammals, 19 reptiles, and eight bat species call this area home.

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