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Masungi Georeserve
4.5
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Located only an hour and a half away from Metro Manila, 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.
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AnastasiaP
Washington DC, DC136 contributions
MUST do activity in Phillipines
Nov 2020
This is an absolutely must-visit place. You will fell in love with the Philippine's nature and see the beauty of this country. It's an adventure tour for all ages (they have different trails for different ages and abilities). The paths are very well maintained. It's challenging in some places and sometimes looks even scary, but don't worry it's all safe and secure. Don't forget the camera. The gorgeous views and amazing pictures on your way. We took a discovery trail with a group of friends and our teen. It was a fantastic experience. Kids are not allowed due to quarantine. But adults are welcome on Discovery and Legacy trails. We can't wait to do another trail and to bring our kids to do it with us as well. Highly recommend.
Written 3 January 2021
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Nikolai B
Metro Manila, Philippines101 contributions
Active way of discovering a natural reserve!
Dec 2020 • Friends
Highly enjoyable experience! The discovery trail is about 4 hours and it was raining the whole time, but it actually made the tour more special. A few places I got worried about safety, and for people with vertigo or who have a hard time walking this will not be enjoyable. More info through the trail about endemic flora and fauna would have been nice, especially considering people working there should be experts and the whole point of developing the georeserve. It’s a great way experience nature with friends or colleagues!
Written 29 December 2020
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LawrenceLately
Bulacan Province, Philippines125 contributions
Well-managed nature reserve with amazing views
May 2019
The four-hour trek through Masungi is surely no walk in the park, but visitors to this ecotourism gem will be rewarded with jaw-dropping vistas of geological wonders and a fun experience with friends while scaling up and down the rope courses along the trail. Also great to know that Masungi supports conservation efforts in the park and provides employment for local youth.
Written 8 April 2020
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dbVee
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
Great Adventure
Feb 2020
Wonderful place to enjoy nature and get a workout. Staff were friendly and nice. Great place to hike as it was clean and no mosquitoes. Rope challenges were enjoyable too.
Only set back is that they don't have a restaurant, although they will serve sandwiches after the course.
Written 9 February 2020
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Franz
2 contributions
An interesting trail visit
Jan 2020
Our group booked an afternoon slot, but decided to move at an earlier slot. The management was flexible to accommodate us.. Thank you Masungi Georeserve and the team. Visited this place twice already.
Written 20 January 2020
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Dear Franzjozle, First of all, we are genuinely glad to know that you already visited our humble sanctuary twice. Your continuous visits motivate us to do even better on the way forward. Also, it is one of our goals to deliver the best experience to our beloved guests hence we accommodate such requests without compromising the set policies as well. More than this, we hope you enjoyed your time with us and had some meaningful takeaways. Thank you again and we hope to see you again soon! :)
Written 1 February 2020
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Pinoy Viajero
Luzon, Philippines25 contributions
We went to Masungi Georeserve in the Philippines!
Feb 2019
It was the morning after our teambuilding event, so imagine me with not much sleep to go with, but for some reason, I said ‘yes’ to driving to the Province of Rizal to join my team for an adventure. We were to explore the beautiful Masungi Georeserve. In my mind, this was going to be just a walk in a park with us taking pictures of ourselves right next to flowers, enjoying the beautiful scenery and landscapes, and that we’ll be under the shades of those lovely forest trees. Oh, I was in for a surprise! 🤣

No one mentioned the more than four hours of walking, the cliff hanging, rappelling, and hanging bridges. Oh, and did I mention that there were no harnesses? So if you fell, or lose your grip, then yeah, we’ll probably just pick your body at the bottom of the rocky ridge. But of course, you will not hear me complain, I am all for it, and yes, I kept on saying (praying) to conquer my fears, and for the gods and goddesses to bless me with much courage so I can finish the trek and not end up embarrasing myself. Oh, did I also mention that I have not really had anything before joining the trip? So, yes, I was hungry the entire time. Lesson learned, to do your research before signing up for an adventure, and to freakin read and understand the fine prints.

So there, welcome to Masungi Georeserve! The reservation is located in the upland area of Baras, Rizal, and is one of the privately-led conservation areas and gardens in the Philippines. Note that unlike most of the places you’ve probably been to, the park will only entertain private group requests for 7 to 14 guests. My friends and I chose the day trail, and paid Php 1,800 each for the conservation fee.

Our first stop was at Silungan, the holding area of the park. We were asked to leave our valuables, and were provided with drawstring backpacks for our phones and water bottles. We were also given helmets before leaving. I was too tired to listen during the Orientation so I may have missed the part where the long walks and sharp rocks were mentioned.

After Silungan, we walked got a spectacular view of the Laguna de Bay, which is the biggest lake in the Philippines, while standing on a web-like viewing platform.

Then, we went through a cave formation they named Yungib ni Ruben or Ruben’s Cave. I remember squeezing our way through this tunnel like cave, which then led us to our next stops, the summits of Tatay and Nanay, these are two peaks of natural sculpture and formation composed of several limestone rocks that are interconnected by hanging bridges, and I clearly remember rappelling next to a cliff on one of these peaks – with no harness!

I think, I started to ask the guide if we are nearly done with the trek because he promised to feed us with light snacks as a reward for finishing the tour. Anyhow, let me continue with our story.

So we went to the next spots named Ditse, Patak and Duyan, and climbed down what was called Bayawak. Mind you, that was not at all an easy climb. There was the easy route where you can go through a tube like net, and there was the more difficult albeit dangerous climb which I took because I was too proud to admit that I am scared, and felt that going down the more difficult climb will make me much cooler.

Finally, we made our way through this beautiful hanging bridge called Sawa or snake, which offered a spectacular view of a valley like area with bird baths and shed for visitors.

And finally, after four hours of walking, and before I turn to rage for being hungry, we got to Liwasan where we were rewarded with food! And, the sandwiches and iced tea have never tasted better. They also handed over cold towels which smelled really good for our faces. I wanted to hug them for being so nice and amazing. I was really happy after.

Although It was pretty tiring, the entire experience has made me fall in love with hiking, and all the craziness that goes with it – rappel, rock climbing, cliff hanging, etc. My experience with Masungi Georeserve has started it all, and in less than two years after that first trek I have conquered a total of more than 15 mountain summits in the Philippines. And it was all because I dared to join and finish the four hour trek with my partner, and friends.

The rush I felt at the summit was just exhilarating, and the journey was worth both the money and the pain. If asked how I’ll rate the overall experience, it was definitely a 5 out of 5.
Written 13 January 2020
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Dear 260NoelS, First of all, we appreciate that you took some time to visit our beloved georeserve and experience our trails. We truly are grateful! Also, your detailed and vivid sharing of experience humbled us all the more. Our team will surely be delighted to hear your kindest words and will definitely motivate us all to do even better for the coming times. We are also glad to know that despite being spontaneity of this visit of yours, you managed to be complete the trail experience and conquered 15 more summits in our dear Philippines. Cheers to more peaks to hike and we hope to see you again soon! :)
Written 1 February 2020
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Talampakan
Nairobi, Kenya396 contributions
An active and meaningful afternoon
Jan 2020
Our group chose the legacy trail, which is newer than the discovery trail and gives trekkers the chance to either plant trees or nurture them, depending on the season.

We had a guide and a forestry expert leading our group. The ascent was very civilised and organised, with stops every few hundred steps to point out certain aspects of the reserve and to give the members of the group time to rest. After our tree nurturing activity (they teach you what is involved and help you while you try your hand at it), we were treated to a lovely lunch and given a chance to relax a bit before our descent. We went down the same way, making fewer stops.

The staff have built steps to help you in your trek. However, sometimes the steps are slippery and you are better off stepping on the ground. Bring a rain jacket even if the weather forecast says that it will be sunny (and avoid having to use one of the disposable plastic ponchos that the guides have just in case). If you forget to take a walking stick, then you can borrow one from the reserve.

Tips are not allowed, and they will say this to you at the very beginning of the trek. If you really want to help, make a donation or come back on a regular basis to participate in the tree nurturing activity, the less glamorous bet equally important part of reforestation efforts.
Written 6 January 2020
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Hello, Talampakan! Thank you first of all for participating in our ongoing restoration activities at the Legacy Trail. We immensely appreciate it! Your five out of five rating and for the detailed insights during your experience with us are highly appreciated too! We hope you had some meaningful takeaways during your visit. Moreover, since the georeserve is located in a rainforest and in a higher altitude, occasional rain showers are a normal occurrence. But rest assured that our team is doing regular maintenance as guest safety and well-being is on top of our mind. Thank you again for your kind words - this will surely boost our team to do even further in the years to come. See you again soon!
Written 15 January 2020
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Oliva L
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Excellent!
Dec 2019 • Family
Highly recommended. The place is amazing. We need more groups in the world like this. The way they protect this reserve is quite similar to my own country New Zealand.
Written 1 January 2020
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Hello, Olival2020! Thank you first of all for visiting our beloved georeserve and for sharing these kind words. We are truly grateful! We also hope that like you, every guest who visits our humble sanctuary would have the same realization of how important and urgent it is to care and protect our environment. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back at the trail soon!
Written 7 January 2020
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EchoTheBunnyGirl
184 contributions
Masungi Legacy Trail
Dec 2019 • Family
The Legacy Trail is a new trail that has a minimum of 7 participants at 1500/head.
It is a 4-5hour activity which starts with an ascending 1.5-2 hour hike, 30mins tree planting, 30min meal, 1 hour rest and another hour to 1.5hours to go back.
We visited on a drizzly morning so the stone steps were a bit wet. We were 7 in the group, 2 in their late 40s, 2 in their mid 30s, an 18 year old, 12 and 10 yr tweens.
The kids were able to make the hike and the walking sticks they provided were helpful. It is also an eye opener for kids on forest degradation & rehabilitation.
Bring water bottles, wear long pants and light long sleeves.
Best to have your own transportation so you could also have the option to visit the towns of Tanay and Pililia for a mountain view meal or lake view meal respectively after the hike.
Written 26 December 2019
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Hello, Icb5! Thank you first of all for participating in our ongoing restoration activities at the Legacy Trail. We hope that you and your members had some meaningful takeaways from your visit! We also agree with you that we should start early in inspiring the younger generation about the value of caring for our fragile environment. We are gratified by your kind words and we hope to see you again at the trail soon!
Written 8 January 2020
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Len Salazar
Marikina, Philippines5 contributions
Masungi discovery trail
Nov 2019 • Friends
We really love the place..sooooo refreshing!we enjoyed the trail so much.thanks to all the staff who were very accomodating to all of us..thanks po!thanks kuya edison for for the nice capture!until next time po!
Written 1 December 2019
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Hello, 177lens! We thank you for visiting our beloved georeserve. We hope that you enjoyed your trail with us! Edison will be glad to hear your kind words during your experience. This will surely encourage him to do even better. Thank you once more for visiting us and we are also hoping to see you at the trail again soon!
Written 8 January 2020
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