10 Things You’ll See At Masungi Georeserve

In the mid-’90s, this area in Rizal, Philippines, was practically wiped out, thanks to illegal loggers who chopped down trees, displacing most of the wildlife. By 1996, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) decided to do something about it. They teamed up with conservationists to not just restore its natural flora and fauna, but also design a hiking landscape that’s both tourist-friendly and environmental.

After 20 years, a flourishing Masungi Georeserve opened its doors to the public, albeit with strict ecological rules, like the limited number of visitors allowed per day. You’ve probably seen breathtaking videos of Masungi Georeseve all over travel websites and Facebook pages. That’s exactly how I found out about it and booked a trip with my group this month. For those interested in visiting Masungi, here are the 10 main spots you’ll see during your hike.

1. Silungan. The receiving and briefing areas for guests, the silungan is where you’ll meet your guide, hear the history of Masungi, learn about the park rules, and pick a helmet (required for all guests). Free water refills are available in this area. Even the toilets have artistic landscapes.

Silungan

Silungan

Our guide, Tatay Ping (in green) shared the history of Masungi and their park rules.

Our guide, Tatay Ping (in green, left) shared the history of Masungi and their park rules.

2. Hanging bridges. I counted about four hanging bridges of different lengths and sizes.

Hanging bridge #1

Hanging bridge #1 with Gideon (left) and Mark (middle)

Look closely and you'll see the longest hanging bridge of Masungi.

Look closely and you’ll see the longest hanging bridge of Masungi.

3. Sapot. Also known as the metal spiderweb, this is the main feature of masungi. After climbing sharp rock formations, going through caves, and crossing hanging bridges, you’re rewarded with this giant spiderweb overlooking Masungi. Fear of heights? Brace yourself! You’ll also see a lot of other mini webs (woven ropes) around the park.

Metal spiderweb, a.k.a. sapot

Metal spiderweb, a.k.a. sapot

Kate was here.

Kate was here.

4. Ditsey. It’s where you’ll see the cactus garden and other sprawling landscapes.

Cactus garden. Our guide gave us a lesson in flora and fauna. They once had a pet monkey that they released into the wild. They named a cave after her.

Cactus garden. Our guide gave us lessons in flora and fauna. They once had a pet monkey that they released into the wild. They named a cave after her.

En route to the next hanging bridge

En route to the next hanging bridge

5. Patak. It’s the air house located in the middle of one of the hanging bridges.

The air house

The air house

With Mark, one of my regular hiking buddies

With Mark, one of my regular hiking friends

6. Duyan. It’s the Tagalog word for swing, hammock, or cradle. Many international travel publications have featured this giant hammock in their videos.

Oh nothing. Just hanging with my girls on a biggest mountain hammock I've ever seen.

Oh nothing. Just hanging with my girls on the biggest mountain hammock I’ve ever seen.

View of the giant hammock from the other side of the mountain

View of the giant hammock from the other side of the mountain

7. Yungib ni Ruben. This cave was named after the Ruben, the guy who discovered it.

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8. Tatay. The Filipino word for father, Tatay is the first peak of Masungi.

View of Tatay from Nanay's side

View of Tatay from Nanay’s side

My favorite backpack. Bag art by Picasas.

My favorite backpack. Bag art by Picasas.

9. Nanay. The Filipino word for mother, Nanay is peak #2. It features five limestone rock peaks interconnected by bridges.

Nanay (peak #2)

Nanay (peak #2)

It was a challenge to climb Nanay's sharp limestone rocks. I ended up with a few bruises and scratches. Shoutout to my friends Elle and Sandra!

It was a challenge to climb Nanay’s sharp limestone rocks. I ended up with a few bruises and scratches. Shoutout to my friends Elle and Sandra!

10. Liwasan. It means “park” in English. Here you’ll find a garden, reflection pond, and as we discovered during last week’s visit, web-like structures that look like they’re set to be an adult playground. Too bad it won’t be ready until 2017.

New areas to climb and explore, coming in 2017

New areas to climb and explore, coming in 2017

Liwasan, the last stop of the hike before they take you to another silungan for complementary snacks

Liwasan, the last stop of the hike before they take you to another silungan for complementary snacks

Want to see more? Watch my video here.

Photos by Kate Was Here and Banjo Joson of Gala.



6 Comments

  1. Ericka S wrote:

    Wooooaaahhhhh! What an amazing adventure! Everything’s so IG-worthyyy! Patak, Duyan and Sapot excites me so muuchhhh! Gaano po katagal yung buong tour? Kakayanin po kaya yan ng may hika like me? Hehe. Thank you po and congraaatsssssss I’m sooo inggitttt! I will definitely write this down on my 2017 bucket list!

    • Kate wrote:

      3-5 hours, depending on how fast you can climb and how long your group takes photos and selfies, haha! If you have asthma, make sure you get permission from your doctor. There are plenty of stops for you to catch your breath. Climb at your most comfortable pace. 😉

  2. The view is simply amazing and breathtaking! This is definitely worth visiting! How I wish I could also experience that wonderful 5-hour trip! I bet, the tour was pure heaven!!! Btw Miss Kate, what are the do’s and don’ts during the tour? So we could prepare 🙂 Hoping to meet the Masungi Georeserve soon!

  3. Rhen wrote:

    This place is really beautiful! Ig worthy lahat! Now I just have to convince my friends to go here! I also loved your video about this place!

  4. Jan pala located yung biggest hammock! Been searching for that pero di ko alam na hammock pala tawag dun hahaha akala ko spider web! Now i know! Surely will include this on my bucket list 😍😍😍

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