Here’s a 4-day itinerary for an awesome visit to the City of Smiles!
Day 2: Mambukal Resort, The Ruins, ChinaTown, Bacolod City Hall, Provincial City Hall, SM City Bacolod.
DAY 3: Alijis, Panaad Park and Stadium, Bong-Bong’s Pasalubong, Hinigaran.
DAY 4: Balay Negrense, El Ideal Bakery, New Silay. Whattatrip!
If you missed Day 1: Negros Occidental, PHILIPPINES
My, there are too much to say and show for each stop, so pardon me but this post will be about Mambukal Resort, the gateway to Mount Kanlaon, only. You will read about the rest of the stops on my succeeding entries though. So sit back and happy reading!
Jeepneys in Bacolod City are quite different from those in Manila in looks. And you would find it really nice that the city is free from heavy traffic jam. Another mode of transportation is the pedicab. So we left early to visit a popular nature spot in Murcia, Negros Occidental. Luscious green fields welcomed us as we travel to Mambukal Mountain Resort.
Upon reaching the foot of the mountain, you will have to transfer to one of these colorful service vehicles.
“Mambukal Resort lies 1,200 feet above sea level and serves as a gateway to Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park. Originally developed by a Japanese architect named Kokichi Paul Ishiwata in 1927, the resort started as a bathhouse and picnic garden and has provided cool haven for Negrenses and their guests.”
This 23.6 hectare resort features some hot sulfur springs, rock formations, seven waterfalls, forests and trees, and thousands of fruit bats. The most interesting I guess would be trekking way up the mountain to see the 7 waterfalls. It offers cottages and huts, camp sites, dormitories, a canopy walk with hanging bridges, wall climbing and a slide.
We decided to trek way up the mountain first to see the 7 waterfalls. This is a wonderful experience! But you have to make sure that you have a bottle of water in your bag, your camera, and lots and lots of energy! Be careful as well as some of the paths are steep and some are rocky.
We’re getting near one of the waterfalls!
And here are the fantastic water falls!
Unfortunately, after the waterfall shown above, we decided to stop as the pathway was getting steeper and more dangerous. Epic fail, I know. 😛 But if you want to go and see all the 7 waterfalls, there are available backers to go with you. Just remember that they don’t come for free. 😉 So now let’s see what else this resort has.
Crossing the bridge to the Butterfly Garden..
Unfortunately, the butterflies were sleeping… 😛
Not far from the bridge is a long line of cottages selling exotic plants and flowers. These are the perfect pasalubong to buy.
Since Mambukal Mountain Resort is the gateway to Mount Kanlaon, the place contains a number of hot sulfur springs, some of which have medicinal waters.
As you can see on one of the images above, camping is a good alternative in the resort. There are houses for rent, but they can be very expensive.
My sister ducking. Lol 😄 But seriously, you’ll find quite a handful of danger signs in the resort.
There are three species of bats dwelling in this place. After trekking, you might want to just sit, relax, do some bat watching, and just be amazed!
Batman, is that you? You? No. You?
Don’t worry. The bats are safe, and the worst thing they can do to you probably is to greet you with their smelly sh*t. 😄 After watching the bats for some time, we exited the place, had lunch in one of the carinderias outside the vicinity, and left towards our next stop: The Ruins.
Before I end this entry, I’d like to thank those who read and liked my previous blog posts. And also those who followed my blog. Tusind tak!!!! Mabuhay tayo! 🙂