After almost nine months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Masungi Georeserve, a conservation project and eco-tourism site in the Southern Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges, finally reopened to local tourists.
However, those planning to go to Masungi Georeserve to enjoy its eco trails and adventures are required to book for their reservations at Masungi Georeserve’s website. The number of people per group allowed to the eco-tourism area is limited to five to eight people only in observance of the minimum health protocols.
Entrance fee ranges from P1,500 to P1,800. Guests are not required to undergo testing, except those exhibiting symptoms while already at the site.
Located at Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway in Baras, Rizal, the Masungi Georeserve is characterized by rugged limestone karst peaks, steep slopes, and surrounding lush rainforests.
Among the popular attractions in the park is the Sapot or “cobweb” made of a metallic platform with wooden steps. It allows visitors to walk on suspended netting above the karst and get a 360-degree view of the Sierra Madre and the Laguna de Bay.
Another attraction is the Duyan, a giant rope hammock, spanning a few hundred feet.
The Masungi Georeserve only allows guests to the conservation area on a limited number and via a trail visit request. Guests are guided by an experienced park ranger throughout the trek who also provides in-depth information about sustainable tourism.
Adventures to look forward to at Masungi Georeserve:
Currently, the eco-tourism destination offers several trails, which include Discover Trail, Family Trail, Legacy Trail, and Beyond Masungi.
This trail allows guests to go through the conservation area, and come up close with the karst terrain. The trek lasts for three to four hours, but may be shortened or lengthened depending on the guest’s preference and capacity. A park ranger will be guiding guests through the trek providing a deeper understanding of the area.
Trail is lined with rock and concrete blocks making it easy to cover the area. However, there are still ups and downs in the trail. A hanging bridge is an integral part of the full trail. There are rope courses through the main trail.
Features of this trail include “Sapot”—a web-style viewing platform to get a spectacular view of Laguna de Bay. Yungib ni Ruben is a cave formation that is part of a karst landscape.
“Tatay”, one among the two peaks, is a natural sculpture and formation composed of several rocks seemingly piled on top of one another. While “Nanay”, the second peak, features five limestone rock peaks interconnected by bridges.
Bayawak, named after the largest lizard that can be found within, is a formation resting at the side of a tall rock edifice.
Liwasan is a valley-like area with a bird bath and a rest area (Barangay Dahon) is designed for relaxation prior to the final ascent back to the visitor sheds.
Discover Trail at Night
The discovery trail at night allows guests to see the forests come alive during night time. Light executions await guests at major trail stops, while a campfire is prepared mid-walk for rest and snacking.
This trail is an immersion in the greater Masungi Geopark Project where restoration efforts are currently on-going. Guests participate in tree planting and tree nurturing. Well-deserved minalot meals will be served afterwards. Trail guests will also be able to interact and rest among the last few remaining pine tree stands in the project area. The experience lasts for three to four hours. A park ranger will be guiding guests through the area and the activities.
The terrain is largely composed of grasslands. Trees along the trail are present providing some shade. The ascending trail is lined with rock and concrete blocks making it relatively easy to cover the area. Descending the trail will take about half the time.