Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental: River Trekking at Mapawa Adventure Park! [SP]

Mapawa Nature Park
Rappelling down a 65-foot waterfall at Mapawa Adventure Park!

Just when I thought my Mindanao adventure was winding down to an end after after a night’s partying in Cagayan de Oro, a friend invited me to her family’s 2,500 hectare Mapawa Adventure Park for some awesome river trekking.  

Assisted by two friendly and knowledgeable guides, we took a horseback ride to the jump-off point of the river trek, where an enormous century-old dao tree stood. My horse was extremely easy to handle; and the guide let me ride on my own through the trail.  From there we headed to the stream strewn with boulders. We trudged through the river, before facing our first challenges: surmounting two waterfalls by sliding down them. 

Mapawa Nature 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!

Mapawa Nature Park
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, 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.

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7 Replies to “Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental: River Trekking at Mapawa Adventure Park! [SP]”

  1. says:

    love the photos!!! super adventure lng!!! sana ma try q to nxt yr. 😀

  2. Rome says:

    affordable din pala sa CDO. anong month maganda punta jan?

  3. Vash Lingan says:

    sana more photos to come. It is so bitin po 🙂

  4. Haneeh Yori says:

    can we avail like one adventure or two lang and not the whole package?

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