Last February 13, 2016, I experienced a new adventure site located in Tanay, Rizal – the Masungi Georeserve.
“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.” (http://masungigeoreserve.com/)
At Masungi, guests can experience nature, get to know more about floras and fauna, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains while going up and down rock formations and passageways made of intricately designed ropes and steel structures. It is packed with fun and a whole lot of adventure.
During our visit, we drove to their site located along the Marcos Hi-way. I suggest bringing your own transportation. We only saw a few public vehicles pass by and you still need to drive to the drop off point of the trail (still far from the main entrance).
Before we started our trail, we had a briefing at the visitor sheds about the do’s and don’t’s in the conservation area and our kits were also distributed – a bag, whistle, binoculars, and water. Some of us did last-minute bathroom break since there will be no restroom along the way.
We just started our walk and already encountered one of the web-like structures that we used to climb up the rock formation. I was nervous and excited at the same time. I didn’t know that the thrilling part will begin as soon as we started. It was a great experience for me and a good kick off to more exciting trails to come.
Along the way, our guide/park ranger told us about the plants in the area from small flowers to huge trees and gave some background history about the reserve. It was a good way to learn about the diverse living organisms that can be found in Rizal and their efforts in protecting the place.
After a few minutes, we saw one of Masungi’s famous trails – the Sapot (web). It is made of steel and ropes on top of limestone formations. While on top of the Sapot, one can get an awesome 360 degrees view of the Sierra Madre mountain range and the Laguna de Bay. Definitely a picturesque site.
Then we walked along a hanging bridge which lead to a small rest area with a small duyan. We also climbed one of the peaks – Ditse. After passing by the peak, we walked further to Patak which is an air-house located in between two hanging bridges. Patak is a nice place to rest and enjoy the fresh air and surrounding mountains.
Right at the end of the bridge, was the rope area we climbed to reach another rock formation. On the other side was another rope area that we used to go down to the famous Duyan which is basically a huge duyan suspended high above rock formations and trees. It was one of the most thrilling part of the trail.
After taking a quick rest at the Duyan, we walked to the Yungib ni Ruben – cave where guests can take shade and rest. Then we climbed another peak – the Tatay. It is the taller peak and made of what seemed to be rocks piled on top of each other. Another good location to enjoy a good view of the areas surrounding the reserve. It is where we also had our snacks of tuna sandwich, refreshments and chocolates.
We also climbed the third peak – the Nanay. From afar, it looked like 2 lions beside each other. Nanay is part of several rock formations connected by stone and steel bridges. From the peak, we were able to see all the trails that we went through. It was a nice culmination of our 4 hour activity.
Before we reached the end of the trail, we passed through the longest of their suspension bridges and the Liwasan.
All in all, it was one of those activities that is packed with so much fun, excitement and learning. Definitely a must-visit in the province of Rizal.
Background: Masungi gained a lot of attention last December and became a buzzword among adventure seekers because of its new and creative offerings and its location – just an hour away from Manila. The reservation for 2016 slots only started in February and to our surprise, they were sold a few minutes after they were opened just like airline seatsales. I remembered my friends telling me that the next available weekend was in July already. Even the weekday slots were easily sold. Fee is Php1000 per person and a 50% downpayment is required upon reservation.
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