This Epic Outdoor Playground Is Right in the Middle of a Rainforest (Video)
At this massive georeserve in the Philippines, guests explore the territory through a series of ropes, nets, and hammocks.
Here, you'll find 350 different types of tropical flora and fauna to admire, fascinating limestone formations that date back 60 million years, and a whopping 200-foot-long hammock that dangles right over the rainforest.
The Masungi Georeserve is a conservation project that began back in 1996, after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Blue Star Construction Company started a joint venture to protect and conserve the area from illegal logging and quarrying.
Since last year, the area has regained up to 90 percent of its forest, and tourists are invited to admire its lush grounds through a series of new trails that rangers have put in, as highlighted in the video above from videographer Michael Burtscher.
Take the Discovery Trail through the park, where you’ll spend around four hours wandering through the mesmerizing natural terrain and exploring various intricate manmade structures that blend in with their surroundings along the way.
These include stops like the Sapot, which is a spiderweb style net structure where you can enjoy impeccable views of Laguna de Bay, the biggest lake in the Philippines.
You’ll also get to wander into the ancient cave formations that make up the area's karst landscape, while bridges connect you from one limestone rock peak to another.
Meanwhile, playful touches include everything from a small cavern with a stone mosaic of a macaque monkey on the floor to a collection of swings and hammocks you can dangle on that were inspired by the various shapes of leaves and fruits that grow within the georeserve.
When it’s time to relax, visitors can either head to the Liwasan area of the reserve, where they’ll find a valley with a reflection pond, or grab a meal at Silayan, where they’ll be treated to mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks.
Meals here are sourced from local ingredients and put into dishes like fresh fish ceviche and cured watermelon bites served with toasted cashew nuts and wild honey.
There is also an "air house" that sits high above thick canopies in the rainforest (instead of a treehouse, due to the lack of mature trees in the park caused by illegal logging in the past).
The georeserve is only open to guests who make reservations through its website, though representatives recommend you book at least one month in advance since weekend schedules get filled easily.
Entrance fees start at $30 on weekdays from Tuesday through Friday and $35 on weekends from Saturday to Sunday, including complimentary picnic snacks and water.