#ExpPALAWAN: MAGARWAK ECO-PARK, BACUNGAN, PUERTO PRINCESA CITY
Hey, there weekend warriors! We found a bike trail perfect for an early morning hike or a relaxing night camp out for adventurous souls who long for silent weekends not far from the hustle and bustle of the Puerto Princesa City. Opposite the Mt. Magarwak – Smart Tower Trail, the Magarwak Eco-Park is an easy one to two-hour trek that will bring you into the lush green forest in the middle of the undisturbed mountains where you can indulge in the soft touch of the cool morning breeze or spend a leisurely night camping under the stars – exclusively.
How to get there
Located at the Kilometer 15 north of Puerto Princesa City just beyond the bridge near the PNP training center, the Magarak Eco Park can be easily reached via private vehicles, vans and buses from San Jose Terminal for 20.00 – 40.00 pesos.
Upon registration in the kubo (hut) near the gate, take the rocky feeder road to the left. It takes 30 minutes to reach the peak marked with three different concrete shapes — you can wander around the path until you find these. Usually, the caretakers will advise you to return upon reaching this spot but you can continue traversing the bushy road to the right – this will take you into the endless view of the greens where you can take your early breakfast of pitch your tent for the night. Walk through the paved pathway until you reach its end and take the bike trail – you’ll know it when you get there, this will take you deeper into the forest. You won’t get lost since you will be guided by occasional signage previously posted for bikers. More or less five river crossing will be passed by along the way and just before the end of the trek, you’ll pass by the City ENRO Magarwak Nursery where wildlings (not the GOT wildlings from the other side of the wall — I swear) are collected and grown for future transplanting. The kind sirs from City ENRO said that there are sightings of the White-breasted Sea Eagle couple in the area. One of them even took us to the tower where we can see their huge nest and advised us to come early in our next visit to spot it!
Magarwak Eco-park is one of the most friendly trails in the city but it is one of the most undisturbed too. Please practice the Leave No Trace principle at all times. For day hikers, wear comfortable hiking gear and bring a liter of water and for the campers, plan your gears and meals properly. Do not forget to bring insect repellent! Happy trails weekend warriors!