The Philippines are best known for the beautiful beaches, islands, the blue water and the underwater world. This is the reason why many travelers once they arrive in Manila travel further as soon as possible.
We somehow understand this completely but there is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. It’s just off the beaten path on a 1.5 hour drive from Manila. It’s called the Masungi Georeserve.
Rope bridges towering over ravines can be challenging for people with a fear of heights, to say the least.
The origin of the reserve
This beautiful reserve in the rainforest is characterized by the rocks of limestone and is located in Rizal. The name Masungi comes from the word Masungki which means Sharp. This refers to the pointed limestone rocks that can be found everywhere in the reserve. Since 2015 it is possible to visit the reserve by reservation as a guest. It is pretty important to book this in advance though, because only a few groups are admitted per day. This ensures that the reserve remains intact, which makes us happy of course. Moreover, it gives you the chance to experience the untouched nature in a truly untouched way. That means beautiful pictures without other tourists.
Nice hike but for advanced hikers
The only activity you can do in the reserve is a guided hike called the ‘Discovery Trail’ . this is a hike of about 3 to 4 hours. During the hike and climb you will be accompanied by a parkranger who will happily share his knowledge about the reserve. You will encounter various obstacles such as a large rope bridge that has to be conquered and a life-size spider web above the rainforest. It is really special and also really gives you an adrenaline kick. But be aware, rope bridges towering over ravines can be challenging for people with vertigo.
During the hike you will have more than enough time to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings and occasionally have a rest. The environment is beautiful right? The pictures speak for themselves!
Sporting with views and lunch
After the hike you’ll get a delicious lunch that you really need after the challenging hike. As a souvenir for your participation, we have received a certificate of our presence in the reserve. Now we have our own tree planted with our entrance fee. If we go back for a visit this tree can be visited again to see its growth. Really a very special gesture!
So if you have a day to spend in the busy Manila make sure you use this day to visit Masungi Georeserve.
This is sustainable tourism at its best.
What do you need to know?
Is there a minimum number or maximum number of the group?
Normally you can only visit Masungi with a group of a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 14 people. So try to look for friends in the Philippines Facebook to see if there are more travelers in Manila and make a reservation together. If this does not work, it is possible to participate with a smaller number on some days in the week. For this, please contact Masungi via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there an age limit?
Yes, children from 13 years and older can participate in the hike. For younger children the hike is not suitable. You also have to be a little fit, but this is not age-related.
How do you get to Masungi Georeserve?
There is no shuttle service from the reserve. It is possible to get to Masungi by public transport according to various blogs. However, this is not easy and we have chosen to arrange a taxi with driver who has waited for us until the hike was ready. It is also possible to rent a private car, but of course you have to dare to do that.
How far in advance should I book?
Make sure to book at least 1 week in advance to ensure that you do not miss out on this great experience. In this case, the earlier the better.
What should I bring?
Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and good shoes. In addition, I would certainly also pack sunburn, DEET and 1 liter of water per person. After the hike you get a lunch but it is also advisable to eat well in advance and to take a nut bar for example.
And do not forget your Camera and balls of steel haha!
Adres: Kilometer 47 Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal, Philippines, 1970, Marcos Highway, Baras, 1970 Rizal, Filipijnen
Telefoon: +63 995 186 9911