On May 3rd we went to CDO to meet friends and go whitewater rafting (blog entry for that and pics, later). The rafting was on the 4th. On the 5th we went on the Claveria Canopy walk. There are two or three canopy walk adventures in the Cagayan de Oro area. The Claveria one is the first and the best.
It's a long drive (maybe 2 hours) to the jump off point. I'm sure everyone has pictures taken there. So did we, of course.
That sign says that it's 1.5 kilometers to the top station. It's not a difficult walk, but there is going to be sweating. Also, both times that I went on the canopy walk it rained (at different parts of the course). So don't bring anything large that needs to be dry. Or bring a drybag. The top station is a platform from which we clip on to a zip line
and are lowered to the first station proper.
There was a light drizzle when we got to the first station and the view of the forest in the mist was nice.
From the first station it's just walking over hanging bridges (while attached by 2 clips to another line above).
The bridges, and the line to which everyone is clipped, are very securely attached to the trees.
There are five stations altogether (with, I think, one more not in use, and possible additions as the site is enhanced, the organizers talked about a very long zip line down to the bottom of the valley and a river traverse back down to the pickup site). The bridge to the last station is downward, some people have trouble traversing that. It's all very safe though. At the fifth station, there is a break for lunch. It's usually lechon manok, puso (rice in palm leaf wrap) and some other things. Naturally, there had to be a picture of the lunch group.
There are lots of great views of trees and forest plants. These next ones are of plants that grow on trees.
This is what it's like to look down :-)
And in the distance, it's a little sad to see the contrast between the forest and the farms where forest used to be.