Date: May 4, 2014
The first half of my day was spent at the SkyCycle and zipline area. Now it was time for lunch.
I crossed the road and walked to the cafe where my lunch coupon was valid
This is the main restaurant at Eden Nature Park
They have buffet lunch too, but that costs extra
This is the cafe where I was going to get my ‘lunch’ as included in the ticket
A glass of soft drink, a cupcake and a plate of spaghetti with meat sauce, and garlic bread
If you are wondering where the meat in the sauce is… yeah I wondered that too. I only got mushroom bits, and when I asked the server where the beef bits where, he looked at the plate and poured more of the same sauce.
So after a sloppy, lousy spaghetti meal, I began to explore the rest of the park.
I walked to the Family Village
More of a mini-zoo really. This the Philippines Monkey.
There were a few more animals and birds but it was all things I had seen at many other zoos or bird parks. Plus the condition the cages were in were pretty poor. So I felt guilty standing there taking photos of these animals.
I walked to the Butterfly Garden next
I swapped my wide angle for the 70-200mm
I don’t know the names of the various species of butterflies…
… because there were so many of them
Still, I just enjoyed taking these close up photos
The many wonderful creations of mother nature
They sure do love water melon
Didn’t mean to intrude on their private moment (butterflies mating)
Not a butterfly, but stick insects amaze me!
I left the butterfly garden and walked next to the Fishing Village
You can pay to feed fish here. Boring. So I left.
I walked past the deer park
The Philippines deer
To the right was Eden Nature Park’s offices. I walked down the road on the left.
It was a downhill trekking path and the bricked path gives way to unpaved stretches
There are attractions along the trekking path. This is the Tana-Tanaman village.
This place was dedicated to showcasing the culture of the indigenous people of Southern Philippines
This was Lola’s Garden (‘lola’ = grandmother in Filipino)
Lot of agriculture in and around Eden Nature Park
You can just sit here and enjoy the view
This is a collection of a variety of fruit trees they grow in the park
One of the few log cabins you can rent. Eden Nature Park offers several different types of guest accommodation.
These are shared, but cheaper
This is a hanging bridge you pass along the trekking path
And I walked on it (it’s sturdy)
This stretch has a mini waterfall… but more like a small stream
Maybe it looks better after heavy rains
Truth be told, from here on I got a bit lost. I took a wrong turn somewhere and ended near a forest area where a few visitors were zip-lining and setting up camp for the night (which Eden provides for). I went around in circles before getting really frustrated and ran towards a staff member whenever I crossed paths with one.
I asked for directions and how to get back because there were no arrows pointing back to the main reception area.
This was the last photo I took as I didn’t care much for photography anymore. It was nearing 5pm and I didn’t want to get lost in the dark!
After nearly an hour wasted, I ended up back-tracking and walked across the hanging bridge and made it all the way back.
By the time I made it back to the starting point, other visitors were barely visible
I rushed back out just as the last few cars were leaving Eden Nature Park. At this point, after an hour of getting lost, I didn’t care about visiting Mt. Apo or anything. I just wanted to get back to Davao City!
I hired a bike taxi which took me all the way back to Toril (cost ₱100 this time)
The amazing part was that for much of the journey downhill, the bike’s engine wasn’t even running!
Here’s a video I took:
All the more reason to question why these bike taxi guys charge ₱100 for a ride that doesn’t consume as much fuel as the ride going up to Eden Nature Park!
I reached Toril market and just then two things happened. 1) The strap of my slippers broke, 2) electricity went!
The citizens just expressed a loud, collective sigh when the power went :-)
Conveniently enough I found a shoe repair boy (in front of a barber shop) who stitched the strap all for just ₱10
I waited by the highway and managed to get a jeepney going to SM Davao
The sun had set by the time I got down at SM Davao. I decided to have an early dinner from here itself before taking another jeepney back to town.
It’s called a Curacha, a type of crab quite common in South Philippines
It cost ₱105 for the curacha with some rice — and it wasn’t worth it. Hardly any meat inside, and by the end of the meal, I still felt hungry. So I went and had two slices of Pizza Hut pizza (₱55). After checking out a few stores, I left SM Davao and hopped on a van taxi going to Davao City.
Once I reached my stop, I walked back to Green Windows Dormitel after picking up some baked goodies for tomorrow’s breakfast. Tomorrow, I would visit Philippines Eagle Center… which is another long drive from the city.
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Philippines 2014: Philippine Eagle Center, Davao
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Philippines 2014: Sky Cycle at Eden Nature Park, Davao
Philippines 2014: Leaving Cebu for Davao; Davao City sights
Philippines 2014: Tumalog Falls; Oslob church, Cuartel
Philippines 2014: Oslob – Swimming with whale sharks
Philippines 2014: Trek to Mount Pinatubo crater lake
Philippines 2014: The itinerary this time around; UP Diliman and Maginhawa
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