|Rappelling down a 65-foot waterfall at Mapawa Adventure Park!|
|A scenic horseback ride to the river|
Further on, we mustered enough courage to jump a 25-ft cliff to a swimming hole below. Then, for the finale, we rappelled down the 65-foot Treasure Falls! The initial descent was nerve-wracking; but once you got used to the technicalities and rhythm of handling the rappel, it was an exhilarating and refreshing experience, as we slid down through cascading water onto an awaiting floater below which carried us to the riverbank.
My friend and I accomplished the river trek adventure in less than two hours, right just before I caught a flight back home to Cebu! Hands down, this last-minute invite turned out to be the piece de resistance of my seven-day backpacking trip around Mindanao’s heartland. I highly recommend the park for those seeking the thrill of the outdoors – definitely another reason to visit Cagayan de Oro!
|Sliding down the first waterfall|
HOW TO GET THERE: Mapawa Nature Park is located 30 minutes away from Cagayan de Oro City, through the access road past Malasag Eco-Park. For more information on Mapawa Nature Park, call +63 9177067206 or visit their website, www.mapawa.com. River trek package is PHP 1,200/person (minimum of five persons), inclusive of entrance fee, packed lunch and bottled water. Other activities include swimming, ziplining and tractor ride.