(SPOT.ph) Masungi Georeserve, in 2017, opened new additions to its already popular four-hour Discovery Trail riddled with boulders, nets, rope courses, and hanging bridges. For 2018, it reinforces its mission to "practice sustainable development, conservation, and geotourism" with the launch of Legacy Trail.
The Legacy Trail features floating huts made of light and low-impact materials.
They’re found among the last pine trees in Masungi.
Guests can sit down for a meal amid the beautiful hills of Rizal.
The Legacy Trail features a bamboo-lined uphill path called the "Kawayan," and a series of floating huts and ropeways called the "Amihan." It offers first-hand experience in tree planting and tree nurturing, as well as the day-to-day struggles of conservation and other restoration efforts. Guests also get to share a humble minalot, a rice meal prepared and packed in banana leaves.
Just a few weeks before the Legacy Trail was ready, a forest fire caused by kaingin ravaged recently planted young trees.
The new attraction gives a glimpse of the Masungi Geopark Project, a large-scale and multi-sector initiative to restore devastated lands surrounding the georeserve. The opening of this spot couldn't have come at a better time, efforts toward reforestation continue to be under the threat of treasure-hunting, kaingin, and quarrying.
Masungi Georeserve is at Garden Cottages, Kilometer 45 Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal. For more information, visit Masungi Georeserve's website.