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Monday, November 13, 2017

Adventure Farm at Timberland Heights

Living in Metro Manila, one can easily travel to Rizal for a quick outdoor adventure. About an hour from Quezon City (depending on traffic), the nearby province offers biking, running and hiking trails that can be enjoyed by people of varying fitness levels. 

Read : Travel Up | 5 Places to Mountain Bike near Manila 

An addition to its outdoor playgrounds is Adventure Farm, an education farm concept that provides visitors a preview of farm life while learning about plants and raising animals. Though the layout is designed for kids, adults looking for a fun and easy time are welcome too!

Check out our hike at  Mt. Lubog, Rizal here.

Adventure Farm opened in 2014 and is a project of Filinvest Land Inc., one of the leading real estate developers in the country and the same group behind Timberland Heights subdivision, where the farm is.  

On an overnight camp with my fellow bloggers, we tried its latest attraction, the Adventure Playground, a 1.25 KM natural trail lined with obstacles. I've been hustling weeks before so on the day of the camp, all I wanted to do was pick some vegetables at the farm and sip cold lemongrass (the welcome drink) all day, but I've already committed to joining the challenge against Team Timberland. Years of playing in the football varsity has trained me to go on auto pilot and show up where I need to be. So there I stood at the starting line with my friends, dressed in all black, psyching myself to embrace the thrill of running outdoors and getting myself dirty. 
One of the obstacles along the trail. Photo from Dennis Murillo 
Fortunately, the obstacle course was much more fun than I expected. I've been watching too much American Ninja Warrior (check out an exciting clip here if you're not familiar with the show) that I somehow convinced myself that the challenge would be just as hard. Silly thoughts

While it was not as easy as a walk in the park, it gave us a good sweat. The kind of sweat that makes you happy and hungry after. :P (Tip : If trying this out, wear closed shoes with a good traction as the trail can get really muddy and slippery). 

My favorite part of course was crawling in the mud. Being short, challenges where I have to kneel to the ground  are easy for me. Parang normal na lakad lang, haha! Add my predilection to mud and there I was, having the time of my life. Background : The movie, Ghost has permanently romanticized touching mud for me. (Here's the clip I'm talking about. :P It's got a steamy scene so you'll probably have to log in on your YouTube account to verify you're above 18 so you can watch it ;))
A section of the Adventure Playground. Photo by Dennis Murillo.
Team Timberland got to the finish line first but we really enjoyed the obstacle course that we also felt like we won, ending our quest with loud cheers and some weird dancing. 

If you fancy a quick workout with your friends, Adventure Playground also accepts walk-ins with a minimum of 5 PAX from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, but  I still recommend getting in touch in advance as there might be bigger groups coming in (contact details below). 

After cleaning up, we set our camp at a hilltop overlooking La Mesa Dam and the rest of the city. When darkness set in and the light from the infrastructures came on, everything in the distance sparkled, giving us a different perspective of the city. 

There's a decent bathroom and shower room facilities just a few feet from our campsite, making it more comfortable, especially for those who don't want to rough it out too much.   While I'm used to doing my thing outdoors, having clean facilities nearby is nicer and eases my paranoia from being attacked by an animal while sitting on the grass. :P

Aside from the Adventure Playground, there's plenty of other things to do out here. The farm is marketed for kids but adults who are interested in plants and animals can also enjoy. I advise you to get a a guided farm tour (150 Pesos/head) so you can get more information on how they're running the place.

Those looking for a venue to hold pictorials and prenups are also encouraged to visit. For rates, see contact details provided below.

Here's an infographic of what you can see at Adventure Farm. 
Infographic provided by Adventure Farm
Other activities : 
- chicken feeding
- fish feeding
- city viewing at Tree Troop
- relax at Hilltop Haven
- vegetable picking (pay for what you get later)
- birdwatching (binocular rental at 100 Pesos/piece, can be shared)
- fishing (rod rental at 100 Pesos/hour, can also be shared within the group)
- waterfalls trekking (150 Pesos/head, minimum of 5 in a group. 50% downpayment must be paid in advance 7 days prior to desired schedule, the remaining half to be paid at the farm)
- camping (advance reservation is required. Rate : 600 Pesos/head. Tent rental with a capacity of 2 persons is at 500 Pesos)
- biking (bike rental is at 100 Pesos/head per hour inclusive of safety gear, with an additional 50 Pesos for the succeeding hour)

Potted Herbs are sold at the shop for 50 Pesos/pot. Herbs like lavander, stevia, peppermint, aloe vera and more are available. They also have native tree seedlings at 150 Pesos/regular seedling. 

With its proximity from Manila, activities available and reasonable rates, Adventure Farm is a good option for those who are looking for a light outdoor adventure. 

Adventure Farm

Timberland Heights, San Mateo Rizal
Facebook Page : @AdventureFarmPH
Rates (in Philippine Pesos) :
Entrance Fee - 50 Pesos 
Guided Tour - 150 Pesos/head

For booking inquiries, please get in touch with Adventure Farm directly. 
Call + 63(02)571-9116
Email : adventurefarmtimberlandheights@gmail.com
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NOTE :  This trip was a collaboration with Adventure Farm. Thanks to Jon Tablante and to the rest of team Timberland! :)

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