I decided to check out Kan-Irag Nature Park last Sunday. I’ve heard about the park from friends but I never thought that it was interesting at all. Well, as what you might have already guessed, I changed my mind completely after my visit. *wink*
Kan-irag Nature Park is located in the mountain baranggay of Pung-ol Sibugay. The park is part of the Central Cebu Protected Landscape and is situated right in the heart of the Kotkot River watershed. Previously a bald stretch, the 71-hectare property was successfully ‘resurrected’ by Ayala Land, Incorporated. In cooperation with other non-government organizations, Ayala Land, Inc. developed this piece of land after scrapping its initial plans of turning it into a golf course.
Today, the Kan-Irag Nature Park is in top shape after an intensive tree-planting project initiated by the organizations involved a few years back. Dubbed as a ‘natural science laboratory’, the park is now filled with local plant species. The foundation is hoping to lure back the 27 different species of birds – including the critically endangered Cebu Flowerpecker – which left the place years ago.
An integral part of the success of the project is the participation of local residents who promised to never harm birds and destroy trees in the area. In turn, they were trained and given jobs as park rangers, tour guides, attendants, food handlers, and maintenance crew.
Kan-Irag Nature Park – Ayala Heights Cebu
Entrance Fee: Php50.00
Open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Before we start, let me first check out the bathroom. They say the best indication that a place is good or not is the condition of its bathroom. The bathroom wasn’t bad at all.
All right. Are you ready? Let us begin!
Walking down a foot path towards the orientation hut.
The ‘orientation hut’ serves as the starting point of the trail. Here, trailers and hikers are given a quick crash course on hiking, trailing, as well as some key information about the park.
The park Rules and Regulations are posted on a big board inside the ‘orientation hut.’ Be sure to read it thoroughly.
There is also a map of the entire trail which gives guests an idea of just how big the whole place is.
This info board shows the different species of birds which can be found in the area.
After the orientation, everyone was back on the trail.
You won’t get lost if you just follow the signs along the trail.
We reached a nice-looking wooden bridge which goes over a small creak.
The trees in the park are labeled. So you get to learn a few things along the way. The park is perfect for guided tours and school educational trips.
Finally, we reached a small clearing with picnic tables!
Workers in the area are making sure that everything is spotless and clean.
A nice, little pond lies in the very center of the clearing.
Flower fields several hundred meters away are visible from the trail.
This area gives you a nice view of barangays Pung-ol and Sirao.
Several more minutes later, we saw this lovely structure on top of a hill.
From the top, you can see a magnificent view of the nearby hills and mountains.
Walking towards the upper decks of this gigantic wooden structure.
More rest rooms!
When I reached the top of the tower, I saw this small flag. Pretty cool.
View of the surrounding flower fields.
Ahhh! Green Cebu. Doesn’t that just look pretty?
View of the gorgeous Transcentral Highway.
Making a full circle, you will find yourself at the back of the spot where you began. This is where you can relax and cool down before you show yourself to the crowd at the reception area. That is, if you don’t wanna be seen all sweaty from the hike.
Note: There are tons of things to see at the Kan-Irag Nature Park. I just wish I had enough time to capture them all. But there’s nothing to worry about! I will definitely come back soon!