A few hours away from Metro Manila is the Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal Province.
I have been wanting to visit this place since last year, but booking a slot in one of their tours was very hard since it was always full and it’s not practical to go solo.
Good thing that my work colleagues agreed to book a guided tour in Masungi Georeserve one weekday of May 2017. Booking a tour can be done thru their website click here . Since all the weekend slots were fully booked up to September 2017, we agreed to just file our corresponding vacation leaves for this weekday tour.
We rented a van that would take us to Masungi, and later on to Batlag Falls and the Pililia Wind Farm. We left our office in Makati at around 6:00AM. After having breakfast, we arrived at Baras, Rizal at around 8:00AM. The actual tour started at around 9:00AM.
According to their website, “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.
Casual, lightweight, & comfortable clothing is the best attire to leisurely explore the area. Non-slip, closed shoes would be the most versatile footwear. For mountaineers and those looking for adventure even outside of Masungi, attire must also be adjusted correspondingly.
The discovery trail allows guests to go through the conservation area, and come up close with the karst terrain. The trek lasts for 3-4 hours in total, but may be shortened or lengthened depending on the guest’s preference and capacity.
A park ranger will be guiding guests through the trek providing a deeper understanding of the area. Limited to persons 13 years of age and above for security purposes; Outdoor and Nature Enthusiasts; Regular and Beginner Hikers; Groups and Families who are looking for a unique experience together away from the city.
The conservation fee will be at PHP 1,500.00/guest for the weekdays, and PHP 1,800.00/guest for the weekends. Local Park Ranger Guide, Complimentary light refreshments, Light bags that may be used through the trail; Guests are encouraged to bring their own water jugs (1 litre recommended) as refill stations are available at Silungan.
Trail is lined with rock and concrete blocks making it easy to cover the area. However, there are still ups and downs in the trail. A hanging bridge is an integral part of the full trail. There are rope courses through the main trail.”
The following were the different parts of the trail that we hiked, rock climbed and trekked:
Prepare yourself for the trail in this receiving and briefing area for park guests.
Get a spectacular view of Laguna de Bay – the biggest lake in the Philippines – through this web-style viewing platform.
Yungib ni Ruben
An example of a cave formation that is part of a karst landscape, get up and close with cave characteristics or simply seek a cooler shelter away from sun.
The first and taller one among the two peaks is a natural sculpture and formation composed of several rocks seemingly piled on top of one another.
Ditse, Patak, at Duyan
This area contains an already existing cactus garden and an air house.
After that exhausting hike and trek, we were greeted with a snack that consisted of cold calamansi juice, wheat bread, chicken spread and water.
We had lunch at Batlag Falls which was a short van ride after Masungi.
It was a refreshing swim after being under the scorching heat of the sun during the hike.
And to end the day, we witnessed a beautiful sunset at the Pililia Wind Farm.
That’s it, until the next weekday getaway…