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This Puerto Galera Nature Park Activities will boost your adrenaline. A Great addition in your things to do! Over the years many visitors to Puerto Galera have looked out over the magnificent views of Mount Malasimbo and the surrounding areas and asked, ‘how do we get up there on to the mountain and into the natural environment?’ Up until now that has proved to be a difficult undertaking for all but the hardiest of guests with access only available via steep and very demanding trails.
We are pleased to announce that Tribal Hills Nature Park is now open to the public. The park occupies 3.6 hectares of land, high enough up the mountain to be able to get into that ‘natural environment’, while being well enough served with an access road to be able to get there without a back breaking trek.
The Nature Park is designed to give visitors access to both the peace and quite of the ‘natural world’ of Mindoro as well as exhilarating things to do. Activities will include a high level ‘Sky Circuit’ of rope activities where visitors can traverse rope based crossings 25 feet in the air and a similar low rope circuit for those who like the idea but don’t like the heights! A narrow mountain trail of around 2.5km for ATV’s, which includes an optional rope bridge creek crossing (we believe this to be a first in the Philippines!), winds its way around the grounds. Energetic folks can also wander around the trekking paths that meander around the undisturbed jungle areas of the site and bamboo bridges. There is a picnic area and a children’s play area. Low rope crossings for those who do not like heights that can also be enjoyed by children who are too small for the high ropes crossings on the Sky Circuit.
From time to time, new activities will be added to the park so that returning visitors will always find fresh attractions for their entertainment.
Access to the Park will be open to all comers and a shuttle bus will be on hand to collect visitors from our office along the National Road at White Beach.
Mindoro is one of the most interesting islands in the Philippines.
As you look up at the breathtaking peak of Mt Malasimbo, which stands at 1,200 meters high, it is astonishing to think that Mindoro is a coral island which used to be entirely submerged beneath the sea. Indeed there is another, even higher mountain on the island, Mt. Halcon, which cannot be seen from Puerto Galera. Mt Halcon stands at 1,600 meters tall and it too used to be submerged beneath the waves.
We are told by geologists that the entire island was pushed up out of the water some 30 million years ago by the movement of tectonic plates.
If you were to travel South from Tribal Hills Nature Park, up and over Mt Malasimo, you would have to trek through the mountains and the forest for something more than 100 kilometers before you came to the next road. The only inhabitants of this area are the native Mangyan tribes who literally live in the Stone Age.
Puerto Galera is widely known for its white sand beaches, indeed Barangay San Isidro, Puerto Galera is commonly and popularly known as ‘White Beach’.
Talipanan Beach, Aninuan Beach and Tamarraw Beach are, in reality a single beach area of something more than 2 kilometers long and you can walk almost the entire length of the beach without having to get off.
The vast majority of both Puerto Galera and Mindoro however lie in the sparsely populated inland areas. Aninuan Village and its Barangay Road extend only about 800 meters back into the interior before everything turns into jungle, forest and mountain. Should you wish to continue trekking to the south you would travel something more than 100 kilometers through the mountains and the forest before you came to the next road. The only inhabitants of this area are the native Mangyan Indian tribes who occupy this area.
There are small inland waterfalls to be found in both Aninuan and Talipanan. These can be reached by trekking up the rivers. Best go with a guide if you are not familiar with the area.
Tribal Hills Nature Park has been created to allow visitors a little more access into this little explored interior. Here you can get a flavor of what life would be like higher up the mountain, walking through the park on the pedestrian and ATV trekking trails or relaxing in one of the several elevated viewing platform that allow spectacular views over the South China Sea, Lubang Islands and the mainland of Batangas.
For those with the stamina and energy you can trek a further 2 kilometers up a mountain trail to the site of an old marble quarry that operated sometime in the 1970s. Local people tell us the huge blocks of stone cut from the quarry were transported down to the national road using Carrabao carts. These carts had no wheels; rather they skated over the track on bamboo skids.
Come visit us and try to get a feel of how life must have been in those long forgotten days.
See you there!