In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seek. — John Muir
I’ve always wanted to do hiking. I’m not the sporty type so I had reservations whenever the idea of conquering mountain trails comes to mind. But of course, the thrill seeker in me did not stop me from taking a hike. So, to prepare myself for my future hiking experience, I first conquered the trails of Masungi Georeseve! This place is actually a secret sanctuary located in Baras, Rizal.
“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.
In this sanctuary, guests will be able to commune with nature, and reenergise themselves while doing so.”
I highly recommend this place for the nature-lovers and those who want to chill, relax, or try something new with their barkadas.
More so if you have fear of heights! (Two of my friends faced their fear of heights. So proud of them! Hi Danna and Revy!)
Your balancing skills will also be tested. 🙂
You have to endure 3 to 4 hour long walks at this rustic rock garden. And when I say long walks, this includes hiking, rope climbing, hanging bridge crossing, uphill climbing, relaxing at hammocks, and sightseeing. This activity may seem easy for some (like a leisure walk) but there are still challenging parts, as there are many ups and downs in the discovery trail. Don’t worry though, park rangers will accompany you throughout your whole trek.
Everything was worth it! The view was majestic! Actually, words are not enough to describe the beauty of this place. It’s truly a fun way to embrace and appreciate the wildlife and just enjoy everything it has to offer. Even the heat of the sun did not stop me from enjoying my time with Mother Nature.
If ever you plan to visit this geopark, be mentally and physically prepared. Do some stretching first! Haha! 🙂 Bring water containers, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and don’t forget to take breakfast if you’ll do the trail in the morning. You’ll surely feel hungry after. Thankfully, snacks were offered at the end of our hike.
And here are some of the spots and views you’ll see:
1. Sapot — Thick steel cable wires were connected and shaped to form a giant web-like structure over a cluster of limestones. Sapot was built to prevent damage of the rocks underneath while offering a 360-degree view of the surrounding area, including the Laguna de Bay on one side and the great Sierra Madre mountain range on the opposite. (source: outoftownblog.com)
2. Duyan — This giant hammock made of white braided ropes is an iconic installation in the georeserve, conveniently connecting one side of the mountain to the other. Duyan is a great place to just relax and chill out with friends while enjoying the company of mother nature. (source: outoftownblog.com)
3. Yungib ni Ruben — An eerie cave formation in a karst landscape, Yungib ni Ruben was discovered by one of Masungi’s workers, hence, the name. The cave lets visitors get up close with its fantastic characteristics or simply take shelter from the sun. (source: outoftownblog.com)
4. Hanging Bridge — There are several bridges within the georeserve, but this one suspended at the end part of the trail is the longest one. The hanging bridge is made of steel cables structured together to form a stable pathway up in the air.
Looks so much fun, right? Go try and you won’t regret it! But please make sure you are physically fit since this activity involves a lot of cardio. 🙂 Signal is bad and it’s a long way to the hospital if something bad happens to you. Safety first! 🙂
Hoping you liked this post. Till my next adventure! ❤
P.S. If you want to know more of this place, you may check out these links: