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Makiling Botanic Gardens

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Makiling Botanic Gardens

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UPLB Campus Mauricio Oteyza, Los Banos, Luzon 4030 Philippines
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PCJ Eje wrote a review Jan 2020
Los Banos, Philippines2 contributions2 helpful votes
This area is accessible by public transportation (jeepney) as well as private vehicles. The area used to be our laboratory for our ecology class. I have visited the area for several times in 2018 & 2019, because I found out that the Ecotrail is another great place for birding. It is a bit challenging trail, but as a beginner, I was able to go through the trail safe and well. It is best to go there with a companion as mobile signal is poor, so in any case of accident you will have someone with you. I got my Black-chinned Fruit Dove, Philippine Falconet and Luzon Flameback lifers there. I heard several other interesting bird species, too, and that's the reason why I keep going back there. Access to the area is a bit more limited than the Makiling trail though. It is open for 7 days a week except for holidays, and from 8am to 4pm. Cost of entrance is minimal for the park's maintenance. No food stalls inside, so it would be best if you bring snacks/meals with you. :)
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Greg-Turnbull wrote a review Jul 2018
Zurich, Switzerland157 contributions70 helpful votes
Nice place to wander round for an hour or so, lots of plants and paths to explore, so down by the river, although a little bit run down now.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Ame L wrote a review Mar 2018
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Spend several hours walking around the botanical park and listen for the bird cries and try to spot the birds flitting from tree to tree. If you're lucky you will see eagles and other rare birds. Most of the trees are tagged with their scientific names including the common names. It was fascinating to be able to know the names of many native trees which I have seen around but did not know their names.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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Joanna P wrote a review Sep 2017
Luzon, Philippines12 contributions10 helpful votes
Makiling botanic gardens offers a safe and beautiful hike through the forest of Mount Maquiling. The longer trails offer a challenging hike with many ups and downs and stream beds. The trees are old and full of epiphytes. Don't go too fast or you'll miss the giant millipedes, birds, and reptiles that you're sure to see. For younger or less adventurous types, you can hike along the stream, climb paved stairs (careful for the broken, rusty handrails), and have a picnic on the picnic benches.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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i_luv_pinas wrote a review Sep 2017
Paranaque, Philippines200 contributions41 helpful votes
We planned a picnic breakfast with our 7 year old nephew and this is truly the best place to go. The picnic tables are neat and situated under trees surrounded by greeneries. So lovely to hear the sounds of crickets and birds while we're eating. Afterwards we went down to the River Molawin. Very steep stairs but worth the effort when we saw and hear the strong gushing of water from the mountain. There's a mini falls that's picture perfect. Swimming is prohibited though but we just enjoyed the scenery of rainforest surrounding it. We took some time to explore, take pictures and took advantage of the fresh air as we took deep breaths in & out. Too bad we only had 1 hour for this garden before we head to our destination Paete. So we need to come back here to explore it more. Entrance fee is P20 only with neat restrooms too.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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