I decided to check out Kan-Irag Nature Park last Sunday. I’ve heard about the park from blogger 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. Hehehe.
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 ‘saved’ 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.
Isn’t that cool?
Park entrance: Php50.00
Open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Kan-Irag Nature Park – Ayala Heights Cebu
Before we start, I need to go to the bathroom. The batroom was awesome, by the way. :D
All right. Are you ready? Let’s start!
Going down, down, down.
At the bottom, we saw this hut. Let’s just call it an ‘Info Hut’. Hahaha.
Park Rules and Regulations. Read it thoroughly.
A map of the entire trail.
All right. Moving on… Let’s move further down.
Just follow those signs. You won’t get lost.
A nice looking wooden bridge! Awesome!
Just keep walking!
Trees are labeled. So you get to learn a few things along the way. The park is perfect for guided tours and school educational trips.
Picnic tables for families!
Workers cleaning the area.
A small pond.
Flower fields a few hundred meters away.
This area gives you a nice view of Baranggay Kotkot.
Hey! What’s that? Let’s check it out!
Wow! The view is breath-taking!
Let’s check out that tower!
Clean rest rooms.
When I reached the top of the tower, I saw this small flag. Hehehe. Cool.
More flower fields.
Ahhh! Green Cebu.
An info board about the different species of birds in the area.
Wow! Don’t you just love it?
The awesome Transcentral Highway.
This is the place where you can relax and cool yourself down before you show yourself to the crowd at the reception area. Trust me, you don’t wanna be seen all sweaty from the hike. Hahaha.
Ahh. I can finally see the back of the reception office. We’re almost there!
Note: There are a lot of things to see. I just wasn’t able to shoot them all. Hahaha.