“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen
Like many of us who wanted to get out from the pressure of the urban jungle we exist, we always make it a point to reconnect with Nature and with the people who matter to us. One motivation that keeps me going is the words of Hans Christian Andersen. Living a life where traveling is a way to live catapults my sole purpose here on earth. As a travel blogger who writes experience and insights, I was motivated to come back and pursue Danasan Eco Adventure Park again after 5 long years. The memory I had kept was bittersweet. This is where I had experienced being with my late Uncle, who passed away back in 2012 shortly after his college reunion at Danasan. Read more on my adventures as I slowly unravel them.
Danasan, Danao City— As the name suggests, Danasan Eco Adventure Park had been conceptualized and name after the town it is located. Owned by Susan and Mike Tiongco, the sprawling 26-hectare property had its own sojourn, so to speak.
The area itself is a revelation of the hard work and dedication that the couple and their kids had put into place. Lush green massifs, blue skies, and the visual beauty of the nearby Negros Island captivates its guests as it provides you a sudden rush and lust for adventure. The adventures being set forth in the entire Danasan property varies from the novice to the advanced one. It gives a feeling of being able to feed your thirst for exploration and being one with Nature.
Danasan always holds a special place in my heart. Amid the far locale, it somehow boosts my endorphins and made me refresh myself with clean and fresh air, stimulating my neurons for better functioning. It has been my vow to come back and experience its thrilling and heart-pumping adventures. The place itself boosts jam-packed activities that cater to the young ones and to the once young.
This year, I and my two other close friends [Yen and Ryan] who help me out in my travel blog, had been invited to join other bloggers to come and experience Danasan Eco Adventure Park. It has been more than 5 years before I stepped foot again here. The familiar sight of the Danasan Eco Adventure Park reminded me that in the past, I was brave enough to slay my dragons and be a better person. The natural surroundings reminded me that life is indeed a good one.
How DANASAN Came To Be
The area itself is a vast one in the mountains of Asturias though its entry point is in DANAO. The area was once a farmland and was converted into an adventure park after much thought of Mike Tiongco, the owner, and his wife, Susan. Coming from the business arena, where Susan had her own line of bakeries in Cebu and Davao, Mike is also into other businesses before thinking of converting his vast agricultural land into what it is now. Before, I was able to tour the entire property sometime in 2010 or 2011, on board a tractor, with my late uncle, Tatay Elmo, who is the former classmate of Susan in Cebu Institute of Technology.
I remember how it looked like the first time I was here. It had a simple and laid back countryside feels while being in the zone for something productive. Now, it brought a sense of The current adventures at that time was the Zipline and the horseback riding and ATV as well as the tyrolean traverse and caving, and there was no sky bike and pool yet. I was happy to see that there was already a pool and sky bike as well as other adventures like the speedway and sky drop [a literally gigantic swing!]. The Sky Drop is a perfect venue for you to belt out Sia’s Chandelier amid greens and blues. HAHAHA.
Day 1: The Start of the Journey
The day started early with the three of us boarding our van at Parkmall before 8 AM. The entire journey had taken a total of 3 hours since the area of the adventure park is around 2 hours of uphill and downhill roads. The van was lucky enough to be able to negotiate the winding road with an unlimited view of the sharpest and greenest ridges I was able to see. We definitely gaped at the lush green vistas and the natural high it had created. Yen is a lady mountaineer and hails from Cebu while Ryan is also an outdoor enthusiast. Both helped me create the travel blog, Viajera Cebuana with their ideas and creatives. Yen is a natural observant while Ryan helps in the IT side of the blog. Both keep my sanity intact while I venture into the unknown.
Arrival and Check-In:
We were ushered into Kamagong 6, a contemporary type of room with 2 beds that can accommodate 4-6 people. It is named after a local hardwood, Kamagong, which is prevalent in Cebu province. The room is equipped with flat-screen cable TV, a fridge with a couple of 500 ml water bottles, is Air Conditioned, and has a veranda where you could spend lazy afternoons and chilly nights to hang out with friends. It is having its own en-suite private toilet and bathroom with hot and cold rain shower, a set of towels and fleece blankets as well as tissues and soaps. It is minimalist and comfortable and clean. The beds were very snooze-worthy and the pillows are very fluffy. We definitely loved to just lounge in our beds instead. The urge was too strong to fight. 🙂 The room also had a set of couches that would double as a comfortable bed, too. Its comforting light green color reminds us that we are at one in Nature. [Sorry, no photos were taken inside the room since we all had our moment to sleep. 🙂 ]
We were then instructed by Hanna, the Marketing Officer, to proceed to the restaurant so that we can have our lunch. We had Baby back ribs and Pork Sinigang to feed not just our tummy but also our soul. We had been satiated by our hunger while we view the adjacent activities of Sky Drop, Zipline, and Sky Bike. Since we are a bit tired from the long drive, we decided to take an afternoon siesta.
The restaurant is spacious enough to accommodate at least 50 or more dinners in one sitting. The wooden furniture was sturdy enough to serve the guests whether light or heavy. The comforting greens and blues that surround the restaurant set the mood for an appetizing meal. The homey vibe of the restaurant made us all at ease. The restaurant is priced mid ranged but still affordable.
More of my adventures in part 2 and 3 of this awesome blog about Danasan Eco Adventure Park. Have you visited them today? Here are the contact details:
Telephone No. (032) 239 5653 | (032) 239 5654
Mobile No. (0917) 301 3171 GLOBE | (0922) 865 5779 SUN
For the love of outdoors and adventure,