Located only 65 km from Manila this rainforest is perfect escape for all nature lovers, mountaineers, scientists and tourists.
You can find here more than 2,000 species of flowers and plants, 300 species of ferns, more than 200 species of mosses, 45 species of mammals, almost 200 species of birds, 70 species of reptiles, 22 amphibians and thousands insects and arthropods.
It is also known as dormant volcano. It does not have any recorded volcanic eruptions, but is considered dormant because of its geothermal features such as mud springs and hot springs.
Mount Makiling is a state-owned forest reserve managed by University of the Philippines. In February 23, 1933. Mount Makiling was declared as first National Park in the Philippines. Since 2013 it is ASEAN Heritage Park.
Places to visit:
- Makiling Botanic Gardens - built in September 1965, Makiling Botanic Gardens hosts several native, endemic, and exotic plants. It is located at the lower elevations of the Molawin-Dampalit watershed. It is also start point for Makiling Eco Trail (8,5km long trail from Botanic Gardens to Peak 2).
- Flat rocks - it is located approximately 20 minutes walking from botanical garden it is perfect first stop for refreshing and taking picture if you are on the way to Peak 2.
- Mud Spring - it is main attraction for me, real mud, hot spring in the middle of jungle. It is small lake with boiling water as a proof of volcanic activities there. The Mudspring is located 6 kilometers along the Makiling trail from the first checkpoint.