I’ve first seen this when a friend of mine (Hi, Lacey!) was promoting it on her Facebook account. I think they were just starting then. It’s always been on the list, but I wasn’t sure just how kid-friendly it was.
So anyway, one time, while we were planning the next #RIE session with P’s playmates, Teacher Tanya commented on how she enjoyed viewing our photos of our recent Baguio trip – where P went hiking, and then went on to suggest an outdoor trip in nearby Mount Purro Nature Reserve with our babies!
Everyone was game, and so yesterday, we made it happen.
Good thing I waited before visiting this, because their playground is a new attraction (I was told it’s just 3 months old as of writing), and I tell you, whether you are a Montessori, RIE, or a Waldorf parent, or none of the above, you will totally love their playground — just so many opportunities for all kinds of movement, play, and work! What I love though, is that even if it has so many elements, it’s also executed with so much beauty and purpose.
Basically, we paid PHP 675 (we got a 10% discount because Teacher Tanya is friends with the owner) each, but children under 3 are free. The rate for a daytour is PHP 750 per person which already comes with buffet lunch.
I’ll let the photos do the talking.
PS: Not sure if it’s okay with the parents of P’s playdates to have their children’s faces here in my blog, so I’ll just post the ones where their faces aren’t seen. 😛
Photos coming of my son and his playmates!
Mount Purro Nature Reserve is huge! There are a lot more activities you can do there. You can swim, hike, try their rope courses, get a massage, meet the Dumagats (the indigenous community local to the area), etc. You can check the activities HERE. When P’s playmates left, we decided to make the most of the day (as P still had energy to burn after his post-lunch nap), so we hiked to the first/easy “peak”, a 15 minute hike up the trail. Actually, we just wanted P to be able to hike, but learned that their hiking trail is not friendly to P’s age – the grounds are narrow, so toddlers can easily fall. We ended up carrying him all the way up and down, but stopped to nurse and enjoy the cooler climate.
This is P pretending to eat, because he saw the “NANA” (banana). The view from this stop.
If you just want to relax, there are several open cabanas all over the place, and its use is already included in their daytour rate – first come, first served basis. They also have cabanas for overnight stays – no air conditioner in any of them, but I think for this place, it’s more than okay not to use an a/c.
Their overnight cabanas have a lot of spaces like this, but this one was from their lunch area — really nice area, too!
Overall, we enjoyed our stay! Here are some thoughts:
- If you’re only going for the playground, the daytour rate can come out a little steep. But then again, it’s a beautifully-made playground. Take note though, that it’s new – I hope their get to maintain it. The playground is friendly to both toddlers (actually, infants who crawl can already enjoy it) and older children. Heck, even I wanted to try everything!
- That said, looking back, we should have come much earlier (we arrived around 10AM) so we could have explored more (or rested on the cabanas more). Better yet, we should consider sleeping overnight next time.
- The food was good. Not sure if they always cook vegetarian-friendly meals, but since we mentioned it to them ahead of time, they had squash in coconut milk and fried banana blossom in their buffet choices, which we really enjoyed. If you have food restrictions, please tell them ahead of time.
- If you can, go on a weekday like we did. We heard it gets really full on weekends (plus I think you can’t do walk-ins on weekends).
- It’s only 1.5 hours away from Manila (many of us came from Pasig/San Juan area, and one from Commonwealth, Quezon City). If you’re looking for some nature that also has structure and comfort (and near Manila), you may consider this.
For more information, just head to their website: MOUNT PURRO NATURE RESERVE, ANTIPOLO
PS: Just also want to do a shoutout to their management for a job well done! Their place is really clean. I noticed how there’s a trash can (that blends with the environment) every few meters, so I guess that motivates people to throw trash properly. Also, in their bathrooms, there’s a sign that says if their bathroom is not clean, lacks tissues and soap, etc, to tell their staff right away. This alone will make me give this place a 5 out of 5. Hope it stays this way forever!