Bucari Pine Forest: Iloilo’s Little Baguio

It’s still early in the morning when we left the house for another fun road trip to a place we’ve never been before: The Bucari Pine Forest at Leon, Iloilo. It’s 2 hours away from the city. It would be hard commuting considering the jeepneys are scarce. It’s better if you’ll have to rent a transportation if you don’t have a car. In my case, I’m glad one of my cousins has her own car.

The view on the way there was refreshing, full of blues and greens. Sometimes you’ll see an ocean, or a river, and of course, mountains. The weather was a little bit gloomy. It was drizzling but good thing, it stopped when we arrived.

It was sweater season at the time we went there, so it was a bit colder than the usual. Good thing I had my thermal jacket with me or else I’ll freeze to death. Now that’s an exaggeration. Lol. I kinda feel bad for my cousins who didn’t even brought scarves or jackets with them.

I was amazed by the amount of pine trees at the campsite. A man who works there told us people started planting pine tree there in the 70’s. There are many cottages there where you can stay, you can rent a tent or bring your own if you want to stay overnight. Just be careful of the bears and the monsters. (I’m kidding!)

We went to the viewing deck. It’s much much higher than the campsite. So we have to hike to go there and believe me, it wasn’t that easy. Well, at least for me, it is. First, I’m not really an active person. 2nd, I have asthma, I couldn’t count how many times I paused to take a break just to catch my breath. Lastly, it was slippery. It was worth it when you get to the top, though. Just look at that view! (See the first photo on this post)

Although it was tiring, I still have the energy for posing for this photo.

My two cousins climb that rock formation. I was too tired to go up there.

We have to go back to the campsite after that hike. We didn’t bring any food for lunch so we just ate chips while we rested. There were waterfalls located in this area. We either take the easy way or go for an adventure and trek from the site to the waterfalls. We did the latter.

It was the longest and hardest walk of my life! I thought it was just a short trek but I was wrong! It took us more than an hour to get to the waterfalls. I was really having a hard time because my legs are turning into jelly. I’m not used to these kinds of physical activity. (I have such a sedentary lifestyle, ugh.) I slipped once or twice along the way. There were slopes, there were some high points you have to climb, there were rocks, streams, and even a wide field of rice and cabbages. The road wasn’t easy, even though my cousin already gave me a walking stick. lol. Well, even three of them slipped too. See? I wasn’t the only one who was struggling! 

Finally! We’re almost there.

We finally get to where we’re supposed to be heading. I’ve seen three waterfalls. This is just one of them. It was hard for me to take photos while trekking. The camera might slip from my grasp, so I only got these photos while resting. Some of my cousins bathe at the waterfall. I didn’t, though. The water was too cold and I knew I would have a harder time trekking back if I have heavy, wet clothes inside my bag.

I thought my struggle was finished but we crossed three hanging bridges made of bamboo wood. I’m not afraid of heights, but I couldn’t help being scared cos the bridge is not stable, It was kind of rocking sideways, and that is not so easy to cross. My cousin took a video of me crossing it and it was so funny.

It was one heck of an adventure and all of those are so worth it. The journey was so fun, especially when you’re with people you want to be with the most. Amidst those slips and tiredness, we still find ways to laugh in between. The place was beautiful, so I went there again with my mom and aunts. I didn’t trek and hike to the viewing deck, though. I think once is enough. 


I made a vlog about this adventure. Thanks for watching. Enjoy! 

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18 Comments

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    Mei
    March 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Congratulations on surviving the trek! Haha I know it isn’t easy, but it’s fulfilling, right? Hehe and the view is always worth it! 🙂
    And don’t worry about slipping, because I believe every mountaineer has experienced that once in their lives haha just always be careful! Safety first 🙂
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    the Fashion Matters
    March 25, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    amazing photos!

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    Gillan
    March 25, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I’m actually going to Iloilo this upcoming Holy Week so thank you for this! The last time I went to Iloilo, we just went to go see all the classic churches even though it wasn’t Visita Iglesia because we didn’t know what else there were to visit (The museum was closed, which was very sad.) 😂😂
    I’ll keep this in mind for our trip next month!

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      Alissa
      March 26, 2017 at 11:51 am

      There are so many places to go here in the city. Enjoy the food in Atria and Megaworld. 🙂 If you want nature though, you can visit this place or Garin Farm in San Joaquin http://thewallflowersecrets.com/a-day-at-garin-farm/. Or inland resorts or beaches. You an also go to Guimaras Island. 🙂

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    Leta
    March 26, 2017 at 5:11 am

    The views was all worth it in my mind! This looks like such a fun and interesting road trip. I actually love hiking, so I would probably have loved this 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    Shelise Saddul
    March 27, 2017 at 12:12 am

    That place looks amazing!! I love the views and your so lucky to live not so far away from somewhere so beautiful, I’m always one to never bring a jacket then suffer lol x

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    Eena
    March 27, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Have you heard of Sequoia National Park? This place gives off a similar vibe 🙂 I never got the chance to step foot on Baguio but it was always on my list. Glad to know that Iloilo offers a similar experience – also, glad you had fun!!

    cabin twenty-four

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    Da Dominguez
    March 27, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Wow, it really does look like Baguio because of all the pine trees and the weather! Good thing you’re a little prepared for that! Haha. I haven’t been to Iloilo yet, but it’s definitely on my travel bucket list. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your hometown, Alissa. 😊

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    Jhanz
    March 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Looks like a really great place to visit! I miss traveling and seeing your photos just sparked more wanderlust in my body! Huhu

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    Joyce C
    March 28, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Maaaaan, I wish I could just go on road trips and go somewhere pretty haha! Love the photos and the place! I’ve always wanted to hike LOL but I probably won’t survive it, let’s be honest. 😂

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    Shenna
    March 28, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Looking similar to Osmena Peak in Cebu. Loved your photos. 🙂 Been hiking but I always wanted to go to Cagayan de Oro, my friend said they have the highest peak there. I just can’t remember the name. This place is a must try but far enough from our place haha

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    Teesh
    March 28, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I haven’t been to Iloilo yet but this looks great. Although the hike? Not so much hahaha

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    Mia
    March 28, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Oh my goodness. What amazing views! So glad you got to experience this adventure! 🙂

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    Erin
    March 29, 2017 at 3:39 am

    I love this!! It looks so fun except for the wobbly legs part. Was the view and laughs worth it though?

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    Jessica Bradshaw
    March 29, 2017 at 11:12 am

    This is gorgeous! I love all of your photos. Seems like a peaceful place to go. I adore hiking and it seems like there was many good hikes there.

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    Irina Beautyholic
    March 29, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I just love the name: Iloilo. And given the photo, I am sure that the view was worth the whole effort you had to put in the climb.

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    Elise Liddell
    March 29, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    omg this is definitely a place that i want to go! all the trees, the nature, the rocky muddy path… inhaling the fresh air, watching the sky, etc. i loooove going to this kind of place especially before the sun rises, preferably from 3 am dawn (which is ironic because i’m not a morning person.) there’s this mountain pass in indonesia called “Puncak Pass” and years ago when there were still a lot of trees, my parents and i loved to visit. we’d depart at like around 3-4am dawn before the sun rises and it was relaxing because the air was still fresh and chilling. that place has changed now though; it’s not as chill-y as it used to be and the trees were reduced, it’s so sad. these gorgeous photos also remind me of my trip to Bali a few years ago where, as weird as it sounds because tourists usually go to Bali for its beaches, my family and i went to mount kintamani before the sun rises for forest trekking.

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    Loi
    March 30, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    This made me remember one of the resorts I’ve been to last year. The view was also beautiful and it had pine trees, but not as much as these. I’ve never been to a trek before and I heard it’s challenging, so congrats! The view is very worthwhile 😉

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