Part 2: LAND ADVENTURES:
Come with us at The Palms Resort Mindoro and explore caves, go rock climbing, meet the Mangyan Indigenous Peoples who have the sweetest smiles, foray into the jungles and see what you’re made of without your GPS!
1. Mount Iglit-Baku National Park- home of the tamaraw, a wild endangered species version of the domesticated beast of burden called “karabao.
Mount Iglit was declared a World Heritage Natural Park by the UN. The World Wildlife Foundation occasionally come to Mindoro Island to keep an eye on the Apo Reef Natural Park and Mount Iglit World Wildlife Preserve. There are the wild birds and land animals indigenous to Mindoro Island only.
2. The Natives of Mindoro called the Mangyan and Batangan- are also indigenous to Mindoro Island. Although they had become more civilized and a few are college-educated, most men still wear the traditional loin cloth. They have strict no-no rules about being photographed or video’d so please ask. It’s superstition about their image being captured and their “spirits” getting stuck inside your camera resulting in its agony! How would you like to hear your camera weep and moan?
3. Hike to Tamisan River and Hanging Bridge- the Hanging Bridge pictured is about 300 meters long, one meter wide. Yes it sags, deeps, sways, and vibrates! It is a challenge to cross not looking down. It crosses the Tamisan River.
This hanging bridge is the only way in or out by the Native tribe who inhabit this foothills during the Monsoon season when all rivers are flooded.
If you are for rock climbing, or into scampering on rocks without falling into the water, this playground is yours. The Tourism Council of Barangay Poypoy built a picnic table where you can eat and sleep when you get tired from being active. The cool breeze will induce sound sleep.
Natural spring shower- water from under trees boil into the surface then converge into a tiny water fall where you can sit under and take your cool water shower. It is delightful refuge from the heat.
4. Explore the Heart of Gaia in an underground cave- an expedition to the mountains (really a 30-45 minute trek from the resort, up very gradual inclines) and you’ll come to some “holes” on the ground. We’ve entered one side of it. The locals said it meets up somehow, with the other entry point somewhere a little higher, but we didn’t see any connecting channels.
We egressed this part and looked for the other opening.
Thick vegetation had covered up any trails previously made so our guide had to make new paths.
What we found inside is truly a wonder of the Almighty’s earthen creation. One rock formation looked very much like a HEART complete with veins. I called it the heart of Gaia. 😉
SUB-TERRANEAN CHANNEL- we might have found the channel that would link the two openings to the cave. Under some rock piles are small openings which only one man claim he had entered long time ago in his youth. We were remiss in not taking any ropes with us as precaution in exploring deeper into the cave.
5. Rock Climbing- you like? Everywhere in those mountains and rivers are rocks to climb. Even out at sea there is a rock to climb!
Bring your safety ropes and helmet and let’s go!
Oh, btw- bring your best lightsabers as it is dark inside the cave, and flashlights dim in a few minutes. Unless of course you have bat eyes.
Or wait for Star Trek Enterprise and yell, ‘Beam Me Up Scotty!’ Yeah!