Sandbox at Alviera is an outdoor adventure located in Porac, Pampanga. It is a wide stretch of land that contains exciting attractions for the family, kids and kids-at-heart alike. Though our adventure in SandBox was unplanned, it turned out to be a fun-filled experience for us.

Very early in the morning, we headed to our supposed planned destination in Capas, Tarlac in where we were supposed to hike the majestic Mt. Pinatubo. Arriving at the tourism office of Sta. Juliana in Capas, we were greeted by the news that we can’t hike Mt. Pinatubo because of the military exercises that is currently happening in the jump-off point of the volcano. Apparently, they had a cut-off of 7am that day and we arrived at 8:30am. It was unfortunate, yes, but instead of feeling sorry for ourselves and head back to Manila, we think of something that can substitute our “Pinatubo Misadventure.” That’s when the idea of going to SandBox Alviera at Porac, Pampanga came up.

We managed to take a selfie at the Capas National Shrine.

How to get to SandBox

  1. From Capas, Tarlac we took a bus bound to Manila and we get off at Dau Terminal in Pampanga. If from Manila, just ride any bus that will pass through Dau Terminal.
  2. From Dau, we hired a tricycle going to SandBox. Initially, the driver charged us Php 500 but we haggled up to Php 400. Not bad at all because Porac, Pampanga is so far from Dau and SandBox is located in the middle of nowhere, seriously.

Attractions

Finally, after an hour we reached our destination where an exciting adventure awaits us.

Direction

Archery

Since I don’t have any experience in archery, this is by far the attraction that I enjoyed the most. There are two(2) challenges in the Archery area. First is the Target, the usual archery game wherein you will be given a bow, arrows, an arm guard and a target. The activity lasted for about 30 minutes.

Target Archery
My inner Katniss Everdeen has risen. Lol

Second is the Aqtiv Archery Challenge in which you have a mission to finish the maze within 3 to 5 minutes.

Aqtiv Archery Challenge

Giant Swing

So, this is one of the most exhilarating rides of my life. This giant swing is said to be the country’s tallest swing that will swing you back and forth at 10 meters above the ground. My friends didn’t try this because they have a serious case of acrophobia.

I surely didn’t know the girl with me but we definitely enjoyed this exhilarating ride.

┬áHere’s a video of me in the Giant Swing:

 

Wall Climbing

This was our most anticipated attraction but we weren’t able to have a try because we were wearing hiking sandals and the activity requires closed shoes. Wall climbing attraction is located in the Adventure Tower, a 5-storey structure that also contains the jump-off of the roller coaster zipline and free fall. Unfortunately, free fall was under renovation when we got there.

Adventure Tower

Roller Coaster Zipline

This is a no ordinary zipline – from the name itself, the roller coaster zipline has an up and down curves just like a roller coaster, thankfully, it doesn’t include any loops. The fun begins from the jump-off at the 3rd storey of the Adventure Tower, high enough that even my acrophobic friends enjoy the ride.

Getting ready to go to the jump-off point of roller coaster zipline. We were actually envy with the people behind us on the wall climbing attraction.

Proper gears are required before going to the jump-off point. Here are my photos on the roller coaster zipline. I smiled for the camera but my heart was really pounding for the downward curve ahead. Lol

I almost turned upside down. Lol

And here are my friends’ photos.

Here’s a video of my friend at the roller coaster zipline:

Aerial Walk Challenge

The aerial walk is made of nets and rope walkways located high above the ground. The challenge is to finish the high rope adventure that will test your balance and agility. Again, this activity requires closed shoes so we weren’t able to have a try.

Aerial Walk Challenge
We just took a photo outside the Aerial Walk. Our outfits show how colorful our friendship is. Lol

Playground Gazebo

Well, playgrounds are not only for the kids but also for the kids-at-heart. Lol

No hate just….

Our adventure in SandBox wouldn’t be complete without taking a picture on the huge SandBox letter standee.

Tips

  • Wear closed shoes as some of the attractions require it.
  • Put on sunblock as most of the attractions are in the open.
  • Bringing of foods has a corkage fee of Php 100.00
  • Check your vitals before going in, there’s a medical booth beside the cashier near the entrance.
  • Bring a lot of water.
  • There are restaurants in the walkway going to the entrance.

For rates and packages of attractions, refer to http://www.alviera.ph/packages/

Disclaimer: I’m not in any way affiliated with SandBox Alviera.

Side Trip

After a tiring but awesome adventure, what’s more enticing than having a sumptuous food? We were already in Pampanga and Kapampangans are well-known to be really good in making Filipino dishes. We headed to The Original Razon’s in Guagua, Pampanga.

The Original Razon’s in Guagua, Pampanga, their first ever restaurant.

Of course, first on the list is their famous creamy Halo-Halo.

Halo-Halo

Their Kare-kare is the best that I’ve ever tasted, seriously.

Their Binagoongan seems unique too.

Crispy and spicy chicken.

We also ordered their specialty, Palabok

I can now say that when Plan A fails, there’s always UnPlanned B. Lol. Our unplanned adventure in Pampanga really turned out to be one of my most memorable adventures, considering that I’m with the most fun people on earth.

Teletubbies

 

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