Into the rainforests of Palawan

Rat-eating plants, a butterfly with the wings of a bird, a bat with the size of an eagle, squirrels and lizards that do fly… It seems that nothing is as it should be in Palawan forests.

Evolution created over time the most amazing creatures in the World’s oldest rainforests. It is not yet fully understood why, for example, animals as different as squirrels, lizards, frogs or snakes came up to develop the same ability to glide here and only here, while not in other rainforests of the planet. Nature seems to have just being mimicking herself once and again, by whimsically endowing the most humble creatures with such a wonderful gift. But the list of marvels is also comprised of some of the classic flying animals. Palawan is home to one of the largest bats on Earth, the Palawan Fruit Bat (Acerodon leucotis), and to more than 300 species of birds, many of which are endemic to the island. Invertebrates inhabiting these forests tend to be gigantic, favoured by moisture and the oxygen-rich atmosphere. There are giant millipedes, giant bees, giant beetles, giant cicadas, and giant stick and leaf insects, the latest exhibiting the most incredible camouflage adaptations.

One of the first things the naturalist may notice when venturing into Palawan is the lack of large mammals. The only ungulate native to the island is the endemic Palawan bearded pig (Sus ahoenobarbus) and the largest carnivore, more vegetarian than predator, the Bearcat or Binturong (Arctitis binturong). Bearcats are sometimes spotted during the day while resting in the canopy, in the domains of Palawan Hornbills (Anthracoceros marchei). Down in the forest floor dwell the Philippine Pangolin (Manis culionensis), Palawan Stink Badger (Mydaus marchei), and Philippine Porcupine (Hystrix pumila), all the three endemic to Palawan and the Calamian archipelago.

But the most densely forested island in the Philippines is, above all, the kingdom of plants. Palawan rainforests harbour some the tallest tropical trees, as well as some of the most primitive and bizarre plants. Canopies are dominated by Dipterocaps such as the Meranti tree (Shorea spp.), which has in neighbouring Borneo the world record for a tropical tree with 94m (309 ft). Also reputed, and highly valued for their timber, are the Kamagong (Diospyros blancoi, Ebenaceae), the Ipil (Intsia bijuga, Fabaceae), and the national tree of the Philippines, the Narra tree (Pterocarpus indicus, Fabaceae). In the lower storey grow tree ferns (Cyatheales) and sago palms (Cycas spp.), which contribute to create a prehistoric landscape that seems to take us to another time, or simply to another world.

That would be a world inhabited by flying snakes, giant insects, and armoured mammals; a place reminding that perhaps, after all, dragons did indeed exist, but they just weren´t the size we were told.

Regular jungle treks include
  • TRANSPORTATION

    to and from the trek sites

  • GUIDING

    to explore the best places and spot the most amazing wildlife

  • SAFETY EQUIPMENT

    we will bring with us a first aid kit and orientation and survival gear

  • SNACKS

    we will provide some appetizer to continue our adventure

Some tips to prepare your trek…
  • TIGERS?? BETTER CARE ABOUT MOSQUITOES...

    Protect yourself from mosquitoes, don’t forget that they are the most dangerous animal on Earth. In some parts of Palawan malaria is still endemic. Malaria pills are highly recommended and (good quality) mosquito repellent mandatory.

  • WEAR LONG SLEEVE

    We humans have no fur but the rest of living creatures have all kinds of, and they use them. That’s including stinging plants, hairy caterpillars, spiny rattans, sharp pandans… Clothes also protect from “limatik” -leeches- and most insect bites, such as those of “nik-nik”  -sand flies- (Phlebotomous spp.) and mosquitoes.

  • WE LEFT THE TREES LONG TIME AGO

    Do not lean or hang from things around you, even when the terrain is rough. Trunks and branches are home to ants, centipedes, snakes and other critters we may not want to encounter. Some plants, such as rattans, are themselves harmful. And remember, do never pull vines, they may literally make the canopy crumble.

  • INVEST IN HYDRATION

    Bring with you as much water as you can, in detriment of food. Hunger is annoying, but dehydration can literally kill you. If you are carrying food, go for energy bars or other small but highly caloric foods. Tangerines are always a good companion.

  • BE READY TO BE ALWAYS WET

    “Moist forests”, “rainforests”… all names are quite revealing. Let’s assume it, there is no room for dryness and comfort in the rainforest, regardless of what equipment makers may say. You will always be wet, and that will include your shoes. Even if you don´t get wet from the forest, you will be the one sweating your own clothes. Focus on keeping backpack dry and better leave your raincoat at home, unless you want to sweat double and get entangled everywhere. But let’s think positive, at least you will not feel cold.

  • THE LIGHTER....THE BETTER

    You will be so busy overcoming obstacles and enjoying your findings that you will have no time for anything else. You don’t need million things to enjoy nature. Forget about suncream, unless you are hiking a peak. Just bring plenty of water, few snacks, mosquito repellent and, of course, your camera and binoculars!

  • GREEN IS BORING

    Remember, we didn’t come so far to see just leaves. The nicest things of the rainforest can only be found by being silent and watching out. Picnic joy is nice, but better leave it for true picnics…

  • THE FOREST IS NOT THE PARK

    This is, without a doubt, the ultimate tip. The rainforest has much to offer but also much to take from us. It is not our habitat and, despite we may think othewise, we are not true explorers (true explorers know that there are no true explorers). Don´t be afraid, but be careful. Come in, respect, enjoy and, the most importnat, go back home safe.

Make it safe

Our native guides will care of your safety

Make it effective

Find with us all you were looking for, and much more…

Amaze yourself

Discover the world of marvels waiting in the woods

Trekking / hiking rates
  • Single
  • Daty-time
    trek
  • Night-time
    trek
  • Hiking & expeditions
  • Single
  • 30 $
    1,500 ₱
  • 40 $
    2,000 ₱
  • At request (see below)
  • 2 – 3 pax
  • 25 $
    1,250 ₱
  • 30 $
    1,500 ₱
  • Hiking & expeditions
  • 4 – 5 pax
  • 20 $
    1,000 ₱
  • 25 $
    1,250 ₱
  • Hiking & expeditions
  • Group (6 pax or more)
  • 15 $
    750 ₱
  • 20 $
    1,000 ₱
  • Hiking & expeditions

Jungle treks (regular)

Starting at dawn at lasting for about half day, depending on the customer’s capabilities

  • Snack / light meal will be provided. Water will be at customer’s account.

Night jungle treks

Starting at dusk and lasting between two and four hours

  • Hot drinks will be provided. Water will be at customer’s account.
  • Head torches and other basic gear will be provided

Hiking & expeditions

Hiking any peak within Palawan involves long and costly approaches and typically takes between 2 and 5 days. Hiking trips shall be considered a custom service, and therefore rates shall be calculated acccoding to customer demands. Jungle expeditions of any kind shall also fall into this category.

  • Trips involving overnight must be registerd in advance in the logbooks of competent authorities (the company will take care about)
  • Our guides are not fultime employees and must be advised in advance
  • Bookings made 3 days prior to the hiking / expedition starting date will only be accepted
  • Basic camping equipment will be provided
  • Personal gear, such as clothing, will be at the customer’s account

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