The village offers a glimpse of plantation living. The whole area is surrounded by coconut trees and flowering plants. The estate also houses a museum whose collection ranges from fabulous antiquities to kitsch. Bamboo cottages grid a river that flows to a dam where picnickers gather around the tables set up on the water.
How to get to Villa Escudero?
1. Rent a van or car through Villa Escudero.
Villa Escudero does not own the car or van but will connect you with rental company. The rates are as follows:
day rate for car rental, with driver, good for 4 passengers: P3,500
day rate for van rental, with driver, good for 11 passengers: P4,700
The payment for the rental can be made at the end of the trip.
My tip: If you're renting a car or van, and the rates are the same with other companies, I suggest you rent the car or van thru Villa Escudero instead because:
You won't have to worry about giving directions. The driver will surely know the directions to Villa Escudero.
You are sure of the reliability of the rental company because it comes with the seal of approval of Villa Escudero.
2. Take the public bus to Villa Escudero
Go to Jac Liner bus terminal and take the bus going to Lucena, Quezon. Travel time is 2 1/2 hours. These are the 2 terminals with bus going to Lucena:
LRT - BUENDIA STATION
2052 Donada Street corner
Buendia Street, Pasay City
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. No: 4042073
Current bus schedule: 1st trip is 5am, last trip is at 10pm, every 30 minutes.
2 Mapagmahal Street
Baranggay Pinyahan, Kamias
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. No.: 9276139
Current bus schedule: 1st trip is 2am, last trip is at 9pm, every 20 minutes.
FARE: P178.00, aircon bus from Kamias or Buendia to Lucena
Make sure to tell the driver or the conductor that you are going to Villa Escudero so they can stop right after the Quezon Arch and drop you off there. The gate of Villa Escudero is just after the Arch and at the left side of the Arch.
From the point where the bus drops you off, you cross the road to the other side to walk to the entrance. It's a very long walk. It's better to take a tricycle if you see one and ride it to the entrance of Villa Escudero.