#Ex­pPALAWAN: MAGARWAK ECO-PARK, BACUNGAN, PUERTO PRINCESA CITY

Palawan News - - LIFESTYLE - By Karen G. Madar­cos

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.

The trail

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!

Re­minders

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!

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