Wish We Were Here: Nature-Tripping at Masungi Georeserve in Rizal

Masungi Georeserve

National Park

Not too far away from Manila is a sanctuary where one could take a step back from the noise of the city and enjoy nature’s beauty. Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal is an ecological park which does not only aim to give visitors the adventure they crave for, but also to protect and conserve the landscape and the wildlife in it.

Aside from the limestone formations, floras, and faunas found in the area, what makes this place a must-visit are the hikes and the challenges hikers need to take. There’s no need to worry about getting lost in the middle of nowhere as there will always be a park ranger guiding you to the trails and giving you all the information you need to know about the area.

 
 

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The trail takes about 3 to 4 hours of hiking, depending on the guests’ capacity and their preferences as to how long they plan to stay in a spot to rest and/or take photos. It may be a tricky activity for those whose hobbies don’t include hiking and climbing ropes, but all of the blood, sweat, and tears will be rewarded as soon as they get to arrive in their destinations.

Here are just some of the breathtaking spots you get to witness when you visit Masungi Georeserve:

Masungi Georeserve Sapot
Sapot is a web-style platform which gives you a picturesque view of Laguna de Bay.
Masungi Georeserve Bayawak
Bayawak is a bayawak-shaped rope challenge one has to take to get to the afternoon snacks. 

 

Masungi Georeserve Tatay
Tatay, the taller of Masungi's two peaks, is a rock formation formed by rocks piling on top of one another. [Photo: Masungi Georeserve/website]
Masungi Georeserve Yungib ni Ruben
Yungib ni Ruben is a cave formation that's perfect to go to when you need a break from the heat of the sun. [Photo: Masungi Georeserve/website]

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Location: Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal

Getting there:

It’s best if you bring your own vehicle to Masungi Georeserve as they have parking spaces available in the area. The park is approximately an hour and 15-minute drive from Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City and a three-hour drive from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. For more information, you may visit their website, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Instagram.

Tip:

As Masungi Georeserve often gets fully-booked, it’s best if you have your slots reserved. It would also be okay to grab all the friends you could grab since a group should have no less than 7 members. Groups who have less than 7 members still have to pay for the total of the minimum. Also keep in mind of the Georeserve Policies as a way to show respect to the guests and the animal and plant lives.

Wish We Were Here is a Travel segment in ClickTheCity borne out of the persistent wanderlust in everyone. Sometimes, the travel bug just bites hard, and it makes us crave to experience a new city. Every week we feature an interesting destination to give you more ideas for your next big adventure.
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