Masungi Georeserve is located in the nearby province of Rizal, about a 1 to 1.5 hours drive from Metro Manila. This is actually a geopark that serves as a conservation area that aims to sustainably protect the rock formations, flora, and fauna in the forest.
It has become popular with its instagrammable rope courses that allow visitors to view rock formations from above.
There have been reports of illegal logging, quarrying, and land grabbing in the area but the georeserve continues to draw in tourists. There are different trails for different fitness and interest segments. The discovery trail covers rope courses, trekking, and going through uniquely designed steps. They also offer a night tour on the discovery trail, complete with a dinner by the bonfire experience. The legacy trail highlights sustainability efforts and allows tourists to rest in floating nipa huts above the trees. One can even take a helicopter ride to the site from Metro Manila (15 minutes) to appreciate the aerial view of the rock formations and forest. A dining area that overlooks Metro Manila and a garden trail stroll in the flatter parts of the park, are also available for those who want to go through the park at a more relaxed pace.
With the rich natural resources and beautiful nature sights in the Philippines, there really is an opportunity to pursue eco-tourism. Masungi offers an innovative solution in conservation by pushing for geotourism. Given the fast pace and stressful life in Metro Manila, Masungi is a great place to reconnect with nature and to also push one’s body to the limit with the rope courses and trekking trails. At the same time, with the growing interest of millennials to spend on experiences and to explore local areas in the Philippines, Masungi offers a unique and affordable option–without having to fly out of Metro Manila. The area is very instagrammable with the dramatic rock formations and aerial views of the forest– a lot of young Filipinos and even families have gone here to make new memories.