Masungi Georeserve is the right travel destination for nature lovers. It offers peace and tranquility that is perfect for people who wants to take a break from the outside world. It’s a mixture of the Almighty’s creation together with the creativity of a man. Until now I am deeply in awe at the beauty of the eco-friendly place. Everything is just so perfect!
Masungi Georeserve was derived from the word “masungki” meaning “spiked”. It is a conservation area in the rainforests of Rizal that only opened its doors to visitors last December 2015, protected and maintained for over 15 years and counting. I’ve seen a lot of people posting about this place. I’m happy to finally witness the beauty behind it.
All about Masungi Georeserve that you Need to know:
1. There are a total of 13 spots to see within the conservation area. Below are my thoughts about it.
Silungan is a cottage-like surrounded by flowers and greens. This is where the team will be oriented before starting the trek. A tour guide who was like five years younger was introduced to us. We were also given helmets which is advisable to be worn at all time and were advised to use the comfort room for it will be a 3-4 hours trek
Here comes the level 1 of the first rope obstacle. It is a rope tied in a 90-degree angle that leads to a cave-like entrance to the rest of the trail.
Sapot is one of the best spots to take pictures within the conservation area. Its gigantic spider web which offers one of the breathtaking views of Laguna de bay makes it the most famous spot at Masungi Georeserve. Make sure to be careful in climbing up for there because I slipped and had a bruise in my right foot
The area is enclosed with an existing cactus garden and holds a cavern with a stone-paved monkey on its floor. It is said that monkeys stay in this cave to keep cool when it’s hot.
We could feel the exhaustion already as we arrived in the fifth spot of the conservation area- Suutan. We stayed here for 10 minutes.
Patak is located in the middle of 2 hanging bridges which you would love to be in if you need a refreshing spot away from the heat of the sun. This ‘air house’ got its name from its shape, which resembles a raindrop. Patak sits on a rope bridge, suspended high above abundant greenery to give a beautiful view of the cactus garden below.
Duyan is a great place to relax and enjoy. They say that it’s also the biggest hammock in Asia made of white braided ropes, connecting one side of the mountain to the other.
8. Yungib ni Ruben
One of the cave systems found within the reserve discovered by no other than Ruben himself. When I entered the cave, I was amazed by how beautiful the rock formations are. Do not forget to get a closer look at the cave characteristics while you seek a more cooling shelter away from the sun.
Nanay is the second of the tallest peaks in Masungi Georeserve. It offers the best views of the surrounding mountains. Nanay may be a bit short compared to the tallest peak tatay, but it sure provides an impressive scene complete with big boulders of rocks piled on one side of the peak.
Tatay is the first of the tallest peaks in Masungi Georeserve. A formation of thousand old limestone rock formation which is the tallest spot within the reserve that offers an unobstructed view of its surrounding. A heap of big rocks shapes this peak, which boasts a spectacular view of the landscape
Just when I thought the first rope obstacle Lambat is hard, here comes the final rope segment which is designed like a Bayawak. It’s the last rope trail that descends to a scenic chilling spot. Amongst all the obstacle in the conservation area, this one is the scariest. Imagine going down from the top of the cliff without a safety harness just helmet?
It was indeed a personal achievement! As much as we wanted just to lay down at this web, it is time for us to move on and end the trip with the food included in our package!
Liwasan is the area with a birdbath that is designed to relax before the final ascent back to the visitor sheds.
Make your way back to the starting point by passing through Sawa (Snake). Sawa offers spectacular views of the Liwasan area.
After 4 hours of trekking and climbing ropes, we were ready to wash our faces with cool refreshing water and dig into the snacks. I was so hungry that I forgot to take the photo of the food. The light meals included are sandwich, banana, and juice.
You may choose to dine for PHP 600/pax (minimum of 4 persons). It includes an appetizer, entree with rice, soup, and dessert. Click here for their menu.http://www.masungigeoreserve.com/experience/dining/
2. How to get there?
We rented out a van for the day which picked us up in Edsa, dropped us off at Masungi, waited for us to finish the trail then drove us back to Edsa again. We were a group of 8, and we paid P350 each for the van rental (inclusive of gas).
VIA Private Transport
Route 1: VIA Marcos Highway:
- Cruise through Marcos Highway and you will pass through Masinag, Cogeo, Boso-Boso Resort, Foremost Farms, and Palo Alto.
- Slow down at Garden Cottages along Marcos Highway and the entrance to Masungi will be on your right.
Route 2: VIA Sampaloc in Tanay:
- from the Manila East Road, take Sampaloc Road and you will pass by the street to Daranak Falls.
- Go straight until you arrived a junction. Turn left.
- Follow this scenic road for 30 minutes to an hour. You will pass by Sierra Madre resort on your right, and Ten Cents to Heaven. Masungi entrance will be on your left.
VIA Public Transportation:
Note that the Jeeps are only available until 6:30 pm. Sometimes jeep rarely passes by and they are usually full when they do.
Route 1: VIA Cogeo
- Ride a van or jeepney going to Padilla/Cogeo Gate 2.
- Get off at Gate 2 and take a jeepney bound to Sampaloc via Marcos Highway in Tanay.
Route 2: VIA Tanay:
- Take a jeepney to Tanay town proper and hire a tricycle to take you to Garden Cottages. The fare is PHP 350-500 one way.
- Alternatively, you can hire the trycicle up to the Sampaloc junction. There are jeeps going to Antipolo or Cogeo that will pass by Masungi entrance
3. How much does it cost?
Weekdays: Php 1,500 per person
Weekends: Php 1,800 per person
Prices are for groups of 7 to 14. There is an option for those groups lower than 7, but payment would be the minimum total group charge. Groups over 14 can also be accommodated but you’d have to contact them directly. You can also join their shared trails which they announce on their Facebook page.
4. How do I reserve a slot?
- Click here to request for a trail.
- Check the available dates and times. Walk-ins are absolutely not allowed to control the traffic on the trail. Reservations must be made prior to one’s visit and children below 13 years of age are not allowed on the trail. From my experience, we booked around March for 7:00 am. It’s July when we had our slot. We were shortlisted for 4 months.
- Once you have chosen a time and date, fill in the names, contact details, birthdays and locations of all the people in your group.
- A 50% down payment is required before the date and time of your trail visit that you can deposit through BPI or Credit Card. Full payment must also be made four days before your scheduled trek.
- Click reserve a slot.
5. What should I wear?
- Wear comfortable hiking attire or activewear.
- Closed shoes like running shoes or walking shoes is a must.
- Wear a cap or a shade to protect your face from the heat of the sun.
- Wear Sunblock.
- The trail will push through rain or shine. Do not be shy to ask for ponchos because it is already included in the package.
- Bring some extra clothes because you will get sweaty after the trail.
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