Mapawa Nature Park.  in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao

Mapawa Nature Park

in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao

Mapawa Waterfall Photo © Storm Crypt

Mapawa Nature Park

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A few kilometers away from the busy and crowded metro of Cagayan de Oro City is the beautiful forest reserve, the Mapawa Nature Park. The vast 2,500-hectare conservation is located within the mountains of Malasag. The park is owned and managed by the notable Pelaez family, which was used before as a privately owned ranch. Later on, the family decided to open it to the public and focus on its preservation, due to its amazing scenic views, breathtaking waterfalls, and an abundance of flora and animal wildlife.

Visiting

Ideally, the park is the perfect place for company team building and large group activities. The entrance fee to the park is around ₱50 ($1.10), and is open to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 AM to 5 PM during weekdays, and 7 AM to 5 PM on weekends. Due to the absence of lamp posts going in and out of the area, the park closes before night fall.

The main activities and attractions in Mapawa are the alluring waterfalls present around the nature park, the zip-line course, horseback riding along the mountainside, canyoneering, cliff jumping, water slide, and of course, forest and river trekking. Visitors can also spend the night in the Mapawa camping grounds (minimum of 12 persons). Trekkers who want to enjoy the outdoor experience the park has to offer are advised by the management to wear hiking shoes; loose, long pants or jogging pants; and clothing that are easy to move in.

The rates vary on what kind of activity you want to do when visiting the park. Group packages are available for those who are travelling with a group of 10 members or more. These packages include room accommodation, meals for the entire day, activity fees, and entrance fees.

Getting There

Visiting the Mapawa Nature Park is quite challenging when you don’t have your own vehicle. Public transportations are only available along the highway, at the foothills of Malasag. From anywhere in the city, take a taxi ride to Cugman (Wikipedia Article), inform the driver upfront that you want to visit Mapawa Nature Park. Some drivers will hesitate going there because of the steep road through the mountains, when you encounter this, just ask the driver to drop you off at the crossing of the highway and the main road going to the park. Habal-habals or motorcycles can then take you to the Mapawa Nature Park entrance.

From the city proper, travel time to Mapawa Nature Park is roughly about 30 minutes.

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Author: radiantan. Last updated: Dec 07, 2014

Pictures of Mapawa Nature Park

Waterfall Mapawa - Mapawa Nature Park
Waterfall Mapawa - Mapawa Nature Park. Photo by marcofolio.net

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