Exploring the Biggest Open-Air Museum in the Philippines: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
If you haven’t been to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, then you should make sure your next travel destination is in Bagac, Bataan. It is described as an enormous open-air museum that features historical houses all around the country that has been carefully deconstructed from their original place and reconstructed in Bataan to be properly preserved OR was designed hundreds of years ago but never materialized until today.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Tour
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is referred as a heritage and convention center with a total area of 400 hectares. As of posting, 26 hectares of the area is already developed and is the home of more than 30 historical houses. So when you avail their tour packages, you can do the following activities:
- touring selected historical houses
- try the balsa river tour
- Visit the majestic Hotel de Oriente
- Try the different workshop tours
- Ride the tram, Kalesa or jeep
How to Go to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
From Manila, you can ride any bus heading to Bataan and ask to be dropped at Balanga town proper. From there, just ride a jeep or tricycle to get to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. The travel time is approximately 3 to 4 hours.
If you want to reach Bataan faster, you can opt for the ferry ride in Manila. The travel time is only 1 hour and three travel schedule every day. First trip is at 6:30 AM, followed by 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM.
Package Tour to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
According to their website, there are two kinds of heritage tour visitors can avail in the museum. The Weekday Heritage Tour for 1,850 Pesos and the Weekend Heritage Tour for 2,500 pesos.
Each tour includes a walk around the whole heritage community with a knowledgeable tour guide. You will be visiting selected homes so be ready to walk. We recommend bringing a hat, fan, and wearing slippers or slip-on sandals as you will be required to take off your shoes when you enter each home.
Each tour also includes:
- Bottled water or signature drink
- Free Kalesa ride and river cruise
- Explore Hotel De Oriente
- Access to the Beach
- A cold towel
- Use of raincoat during the rainy season
A tour will start every hour from 8:30 AM up to 4:30 PM.
Additional Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Day Tour Rate:
For those who wish to explore more of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, there are three additional tours you can avail which are the:
River Tour – where you get to ride and cruise the whole area in a balsa for only 500 pesos per person from November to June and 300 pesos from July to October.
Hotel de Oriente Tour – Known as the first luxury hotel in the country, this hotel is inspired by a hotel hundreds of years ago where only the Filipino elites may enter. It is embellished with hand-carved wooden sculptures and figures of artisans from Betis and Paete. It is based on the surviving photos and archival records of a luxury hotel in Binondo.
Art Tour – For those who wish to meet the artisans of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar themselves, they also offer an art tour where you can even watch the artists at work.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Overnight Package
Availing an overnight stay in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar will cost you 6,300 pesos and up for two persons. If you prefer the bigger rooms or renting a whole house, the rate can go as us much as 93,000 pesos for 16 persons. However, regardless of the room you rent, it already comes with a tour so it is always recommended to stay for the night instead of a day tour.
If you are on a tight budget, I recommend following their Facebook page so you get instant updates when Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar shares a promo open for locals. You can get as much as almost 50% discount, especially at off-peak months.