HOW TO GET THERE
From the airport to the City center
Walk a few meters outside the airport and take a Canelar bound jeepney to the city proper. Fare is 7 pesos and travel time about 10 minutes.
From city proper to Pasonanca
Take a Pasonanca bound jeepney from the city proper and get off at the Boy Scouts grounds. Fare is about 10 pesos and travel time is around 20 minutes.
To Freedom Park and Mt. Pulong Bato
From the Boy Scouts grounds, hire a habal-habal that will take you to the park. Arrange with the driver for the fare, I paid 70 pesos for the whole trip.
From Pasonanca to City center
Take a ZCPM (Zamboanga City Public Market) bound jeepney and get off at the city center. Fare is around 10 pesos, travel time is 15-20 minutes.
To Jimmy's Satti Haus
From the city center, take a tricycle to Pilar Street, and get off in front of the Satti Haus. Fare is 20 pesos.
To Fort Pilar and Paseo Del Mar
Take a jeepney bound for Canelar, then walk towards N.S. Valderosa St., they are located at the end of the street.
Getting to the airport
From the city center, take a Camins bound jeepney, it will bring you to the gate of the airport. Fare is 7 pesos.
There are a number of accommodations to choose from at the City center. From expensive hotels, to cheap inns and lodging houses. If you are on a tight budget (like me), I would recommend Casa Don Atilano Pension House.
Casa Don Atilano Pension House
Address: Atilano Compound, Mayor Jaldon Street, Zamboanga City
Room Rates: starts at 300 pesos per night for a fan room good for 2 persons
Contact Details: (62) 990-1962
Notes: To get there, take a Canelar bound jeepney from the airport. Tell the driver to drop you at Atilano Compound along Mayor Jaldon Street. From the main road, walk a few meters to get inside the compound. Turn right at the corner and then turn left. There are 2 Atilano Pension Houses in the compound, look for the pension house with the word "Casa". Clean and spacious room. Toilet and bath is a bit small but clean. I highly recommend this hostel when you stay in Zamboanga City.
For more suggested accommodations, click here.
Here's my suggested itinerary for a day tour in the City.
08:00 AM - Breakfast at Jimmy's Satti Haus
09:00 AM - City tour (Cathedral, Plaza Rizal, City Hall, Plaza Pershing,
Fort Pilar and Paseo del Mar)
11:00 AM - Lunch
12:00 NN - ETD for Pasonanca
12:30 AM - Explore Boy Scout Grounds
01:30 PM - Visit Freedom Park
02:30 PM - Hike up Mt. Pulong Bato
03:30 PM - Go to La Jardin de Maria Clara Lobregat
04:30 PM - ETD for Zamboanga City
05:00 PM - ETA in Zamboanga City
If you have more time, you can visit other tourist spots such as Sta. Cruz Island, Yakan Weaving Center, Zamboanga Golf Course and Beach, Serenity Falls, Taluksangay Mosque and more. Click here for more tourist attractions in the city.
For the summary of travel expenses of this 2-day Basilan-Zamboanga City Solo Adventure, click here.
Casa Don Atilano Pension House - (62) 990-1962
Habal-habal in Pasonanca (look for Florante) - 0905-9065385
For additional travel guide such as accommodations, things to do, where to eat and other tourist spots in Zamboanga City, click here.
This is part of my Basilan and Zamboanga City solo trip last July 2-3, 2011. Known as "Asia's Latin City", I was able to see and experience the food, the people and the sights in this highly urbanized city in the south-western part of the Philippines. An experience totally different from the rest. To date, this is my 5th solo trip and my first time to set foot in Zamboanga peninsula. Bienvenidos Ciudad de Zamboanga!
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