Pamulaklakin Forest Trail

Pamulaklakin Forest Trail, Subic Bay Freeport Zone: Address, Phone Number, Pamulaklakin Forest Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

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Very good

Luzon, Philippines5 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
Virgin nature , good for hiking but choose a a good weather day to You can enjoy and discover the Area , be careful A lot of spiders, bugs , slippy stones.
Written January 25, 2021
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3 contributions
Educational and Relaxing Trek
Dec 2019
During Christmas, our whole family went on a light trek at this forest trail with one of the female Aeta guides named Nene. Apparently they have tours even during the holidays. It was a pleasant and serene experience being surrounded by nature, and Nene was very knowledgable in medicinal plants used by Aetas. Afterwards, we requested for a demonstration on how to make fire from bamboo, which was done by Tata Kasoy Liwanag. He was very engaging and funny, and demonstrated other survival skills as well, such as making utensils and basic weapons out of bamboo. I recommend bringing uncooked rice and chicken, as they also demonstrate cooking, which we weren't able to do, but maybe next time. It was quite simple, but would definitely recommend this as it was a refreshing and new experience for our family.
Written February 12, 2020
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New York City, NY3 contributions
Don't miss it!
Jun 2019
I wanted to do a jungle training and saw there were 2 possibilities in Subic: JEST or Pamulaklakin. The first one sounded more commercial so I decided to go for the latter and what a incredible time I had. The Pamulaklakin trail is on Aeta land, an indigenous tribe that lives in the hills. I was by myself and decided to book an overnight stay as well. They provided the tent. My guide, MinMin, picked me up at the trailhead and we started hiking up. He is small (like most of the tribe, but incredibly fast and very knowledgeable. He is proficient in English and knows all the plants and animals. The Aeta are a tribe of @ 500 families. Their village has a school and MinMin works on the family farm. He taught me how to make fire, use a machete, make a trap etc. He also cooked me a meal and set up my tent Then ... we went to visit some of his family. Marilyn, who is the person I had phone contact with and with whom I confirmed my arrival, is incredible! Smart as a whip and very hospitable. Let's just say we ended up singing karaoke at her place later that evening. Incredibly warm people and I truly recommend this experience
Written October 19, 2019
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Melbourne, Australia16,460 contributions
Every able bodied visitor ought do this
Jul 2019 • Friends
We had limited time so just did the P100 a head sightseeing tour, taking 45 minutes.

Noel, a very small man of about 55 and a member of the Aeta tribe was our guide. His English was good.

We went along the flowing creek and saw many beautiful butterflies and a smaller number of dragon flies.

Noel demonstrated the medicinal and edible plants.

Along the forest trail there was a lizard spotted. An old balate tree had a huge root system.

The forest was pristine and many birds were heard. These include woodpeckers.

330 Aeta families live down the track.

A terrific attraction. Bring water if you do the longer tour as it was very humid.

The best time to do this tourwould be 0800 or earlier in the morning.
Written July 21, 2019
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Manila, Philippines13 contributions
Good work out in Great surroundings
Feb 2018 • Friends
We were a group of 14. All boys. We started out at 9 am with our guide, Miguel. The tour cost 250 pesos a head and would last about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. We had pre-ordered a lechon (suckling pig) to be served when it was ready. The pig takes three hours to prepare. Rice would be cooked in bamboo shoots. This would cost 5,000 pesos. The lechon would be good for 20 people.
Money well spent.
The trail guide was wizened aeta (or aboriginal tribesman) who takes you down a trail that goes into the jungle, beside and across a pristine creek, and up and down some rough terrain.
The scenery is beautiful. The guide pointed out the different kinds of trees and their uses, used his bolo (machete) to make different implements, made a fire, all the while telling stories about the jungle, and answering all your questions. Lots of interesting info.
Miguel is an active trainer for jungle warfare for the Philippine armed forces, and his dad served the US Navy and Marines when they still had the base.
One should be in fairly good condition to do this but if you aren’t, just pace yourself. Miguel had an assistant who stayed at the rear and helped laggards across hard terrain.
At the end we feasted on the lechon which was served on banana leaves with the rice steaming. Following the local custom, we invited the guides and the cook to join us.
Written February 24, 2018
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San Fernando, Philippines509 contributions
A must do
Feb 2018 • Friends
I have been going to Subic many many times and this is the only time that I found out there is this and it is amazing. Firsf off, whether you have your own car or take the cab (₱200), finding it is easy and quick. Second, do not come hungry. This place is educational and ok for kids. It will embark a deep sense of understanding of nature and the Aeta culture. Enjoy their love and humility. We all need it.
Written February 24, 2018
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Euskal Herria2 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
We were so excited about this visit after reading so many positive reviews, we decided to choose the overnight option for 500php. We were three adults and two kids, 11 and 6. We paid 2.000 for four persons, then 500 for the food and surprisingly we had to pay extra 500 to hire a camping tent for overnighting. (I had thought we'd be sleeping in a hut or so). We started walking following our guide, and about 200 metres from the starting point the guide sits down and tells us that we're going to stay there. First he said that it would be for a while, to let us enjoy the spot, then he said it was a good place to prepare our meal, then that the sun was too hot and we had to insist a lot to get him guide us in a just ninety minutes slow walk through a forest area close to the main road. The guide showed us one single plant. allegedly used to treat asma, not a single animal, not even a bird, but a huge metallic electrical tower. He sat down to smoke a cigarrette just fifteen minutes after departure and he didn't do it again just because we didn't hide how upset we were with that. The guy, called Miguel, liked to show his skills cooking but was too lazy to walk and showed no enthusiasm in what he was doing. Maybe because he's 60 years old and fed up with working. I had also hoped that he'd help us prepare a bed made of leaves or so to set the camping tent on a soft ground, but we had to sleep directly on the hard ground of the picnic area.
Summarizing, this is not a real forest but a just a tiny picnic area (very cozy, that's true) close to the highway. Even if our guide insisted that the Aeta live in their 4.700 hectares wide forest, hunting wild huns with wire traps, and that there are plenty of birds and monkeys there, the area where we walked was not bigger than just 5 hectares, and so poor in wild life. So, don't choose the overnight option and don't hope anything else than a very beautiful picnic area with a few very interesting uses of bamboo to cook, to grill and to get dishes, glases forks and spoons out of it. Choose the cheap picnic program or if you prefer the ecological trail option dont take Miguel as your guide.
Written February 23, 2018
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Luzon, Philippines26 contributions
Trekking with a bit of learning!
Jan 2018 • Family
Support the local community! My kids had a great time walking. Its more or less an hour of walking. Great for families! Na hindi maaarte. And for kids who loves nature and loves the forests trails! Even its a small trekking only. We paid 100/pax. This is the second time we went there, the 1st time when my 16 y/o kid is a 4 y/o toddler!;) Support the aetas in subic! Go lokal!
Written January 20, 2018
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Melbourne, Australia41 contributions
Make sure you get a guide
May 2017 • Solo
Initially I was reluctant to get a guide as I thought I could walk around this myself and it was a pain to have to pay extra for this but it was worth it as it saved my life! Make no mistake there are deadly snakes in this forest. My sharp eyed guide spotted a spitting Philippine cobra at a water crossing we were about to make and said to also be wary of vipers in the trees. It was a great walk after that. To get there despite a guide book saying you could get there by public transport I saw no such service in the Freeport zone so I just got a taxi and got his number to pick me up again. They can organize a guide for you at the starting point. My guide was a highly knowledgeable local with top notch bush skills and also knew a lot about the history of the area.
Written June 17, 2017
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Tina L
Lat Phrao, Thailand1 contribution
Good to bring kids to get close to nature
Jun 2017 • Family
Kid is 5 years old, free. 100 peso per adult for hiking/sight seeing. Tips for the guid, below 50 peso is okay, it's up
To you. I love it.
Written June 7, 2017
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