If you are looking for a quick nature and adventure getaway that’s near Manila, head over to Masungi Georeserve for a daytrip you surely will enjoy. It’s 30km away from Manila via a 2hour drive to Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway, Baras Rizal Philippines. Make sure that you reserve and confirm your visit before going!
According to their website, “the Masungi Georeserve is a conservation area and a rustic rock garden tucked in the rainforests of Rizal. Masungi’s name is derived from the word “masungki” which translates to “spiked” – an apt description for the sprawling limestone landscape found within.” The area was destroyed around the 1990s because of deforestation, land-grabbing and other illegal activities such as illegal logging and quarrying. Blue Star Construction and Development Corporation and Masungi Georeserve team led the initiatives to restore the area and turn it into a geotourism site to educate the people. It has received positive reviews since then.
You can choose from different trails depending on how much time you have and how difficult you want the trail to be. I went with 3 of my teammates from my MBA program and tried the discovery trail.
It lasted for 3 to 4 hours where we saw different terrains, passed by hanging bridges, and climbed in and out of rocks. We also saw different types of plants and insects. A park ranger assisted us throughout the trail and because they are locals, they know a lot about the history of the area and the things that you will find inside.
We also had so much fun with the rope courses! It was challenging but we were rewarded with a cold towel to cool down and some healthy sandwiches and cold drinks after!
Another interesting aspect of the tour, they encourage the use of Filipino languages for the groups that are primarily composed of Filipinos and they also use locals as park rangers. Personally, I think this is one good way of promoting the language and supporting local livelihood. Cost of the trail: Php1,500/ guest for the weekedys and Php 1,800/guest for the weekends.
It was surely one fun way to learn and help the environment! Follow me on IG @travelanyway for daily musings and random trips. Ciao!