Tourism allows us to witness the most breathtaking natural wonders in the country. It also has the power to significantly change a place and the local people’s lives positively or negatively. When there is a balance between earning a livelihood and protecting the environment, it’s called sustainable tourism. We have seen how a beautiful beach paradise can easily turn into a garbage and waste dump site when sustainable tourism is not practiced. Unfortunately, only a few organizations promote sustainable travel.
Recently, I learned about Mount Purro Nature Reserve (MPNR).
WHAT IS MOUNT PURRO NATURE RESERVE
Mount Purro is a 36-hectare forest sanctuary sitting in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range. It is part of the Upper Marikina Watershed, a protected landscape area in the province of Rizal. It offers Filipino hut accommodations and camping options for its guests.
WHAT TO DO IN MOUNT PURRO
Mount Purro Nature Reserve’s tag line is #disconnecttoconnect. Visiting MPNR allows you to disconnect from your daily lifestyles and connect with mother nature. You can choose to do nothing all day long. The relaxation that nature brings is sufficient to make your stay so worth it.
Just in case you are easily bored, there are also several things you can do in MPNR. Here are some of the things worth doing while you’re there:
Forest Hike – A one-hour trek to Malvar’s peak is one good way to start your day in Mount Purro Nature Reserve. The trail is not that difficult. It even has some stairs on the descending part.
Swim – There is a swimming pool inside Mount Purro. Taking a dip in a pool surrounded by tall trees in a quiet sanctuary seems a perfect way to relax.
Game Room – You can play some game boards, table tennis, billiards, sungka, and foosball in the game room without an extra fee. Items can be borrowed at the Reception Area.
Kids Playground – There is a playground for kids where they can climb and play. There is a small obstacle course, swing, slides, a small hanging bridge, and toys that kids can play with.
River Trek – They say that flowing water can provide deep relaxation. A guided trek to the river is also one of the fun activities that should not be missed in MPNR.
Camp – There is a tent-pitching option for outdoor enthusiasts. The camping ground is safe and secure. It is just right beside the Pavillion which is a dorm-type accommodation.
HOW TO GO TO MOUNT PURRO
Mount Purro is located in Brgy. Calawis, Antipolo City. It will take a 1-hour drive from the city proper to MPNR.
The most convenient way to MPNR is via Marcos Highway, passing Masinag and Cogeo, Antipolo through Marilaque Highway. You can easily navigate the place through Google Maps and WAZE. MPNR will also provide you with very detailed driving instructions.
Alternatively, you may also take a jeepney from Cubao to Cogeo. And take another jeepney from Cogeo to Sampaloc Tanay or Paenaan. Advise the driver to drop you off in Brgy. Calawis or ‘kanto ng Veterans’. There is a tricycle terminal right across the market.
THINGS TO NOTE
Here are some things, you need to note before deciding to book your stay in Mount Purro Nature Reserve:
- No walk-ins are allowed during the pandemic, prior reservation is required.
- There are no ATM’s in the area, please bring cash with you.
- MPNR is not like any resorts, you need to bring your own towels and toiletries.
- Camping is allowed, but cooking is prohibited.
- Outside food is allowed but can only be consumed at the Pavilion area which is right beside the camping area. There are tables and monobloc chairs available there.
- Food is available in Loli’s kitchen but you need to order it in advance during the reservation for 300 pesos per meal. The serving per meal is plenty for people with a small appetite like myself.
- There is a curfew policy which is 10 PM. Please show respect to the people around you by observing silence all the time, most especially after the curfew hours.
Possible side-trips near Mount Purro
- Bunsuran Falls. Just 1.2 kilometers away, or a 5-minute drive.
- Boso-boso Highlands Resort. 11.8 kilometers away.
- Palo Alto Falls. 17.9 kilometers away.
- Masungi Georeserve. 19.1 kilometers away
WHY VISIT MOUNT PURRO NATURE RESERVE
Visiting Mount Purro has been an eye-opener for me about Sustainable Tourism. I admire the efforts of Mr. Toto Malvar in creating the forest sanctuary and educating people about the importance of a watershed like the Upper Marikina Watershed. Mount Purro Nature Reserve is the perfect place to visit if one wants to experience nature in a safe and secure environment.
Please follow Mount Purro on Facebook or contact them directly using the following information:
Mount Purro Nature Reserve www.mountpurronaturereserve.com Brgy. Calawis, Antipolo City Phone: (+632) 8 542-3005 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org