Buhay Forest | Things to do in Magallanes-Cavite

Buhay Forest in Magallanes, Cavite | Photo by Jay Ermitaño Buhay Forest in Magallanes, Cavite | Photo by Jay Ermitaño Buhay Forest in Magallanes, Cavite | Photo by Jay Ermitaño
Cavite Magallanes 163
Buhay Forest covers 10 hectares of foliage on top of an unnamed mountain. The summit offers a camping area equipped with a hut and a bathroom. The clearing faces a cliff, where visitors can rappel from (bring your own gear). The forest is home to a number of wild animals, including freewheeling monkeys and chickens. From the mountaintop are views of mango orchards that look like broccoli. Counterclockwise are Mt. Gumuhuhong Bundok (N), Mt. Marami (NW), Mt. Ulila (W), Mt. Ipus (SW), and Mt. Kaytalang (S). Reaching the summit of Buhay Forest takes only 30 minutes of trekking from a cemented road in Barangay San Agustin. Traversing to the other side, at Barangay Ramirez, takes an additional 30 minutes.
Open: Everyday, open 24 hours.
Address: Brgys. San Agustin and Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite
Fee: Free
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Nearby attractions

Muscovado Making
1.81 km away

Muscovado is a healthy type of sugar, without the chemicals and processing of white and brown sugar. Cheap, local, and wholesome, muscovado makes for an excellent white sugar replacement, especially for people with diabetes. Interestingly, muscovado does not attract ants, unlike other processed sugars. Amidst sugarcane fields in Barangay Urdaneta in Magallanes, travelers can witness how muscovado is made the traditional way. At around 5:30 am, a water buffalo rotates a wooden trapiche, an old contraption that squeezes the juice out of sugarcanes. The juice is then boiled for five hours in a large cauldron until the juice is reduced to brown powder: muscovado. In a separate modern plant in Barangay Medina, travelers can watch how muscovado is made with the aid of machines. Muscovado de Magallanes Plant churns out 480 kilos of muscovado sugar a day.

Utod Falls
5.38 km away

Utod Falls is a two-storey high waterfall in a secluded village in Magallanes, Cavite. Getting there entails trekking for 30 minutes through a forested area in Barangay Tua. The waterfall itself faces a wide and deep catch basin, prone to flash flood during typhoons. From the riverbank, visitors can also get to the top of the waterfall by following the steep trail at the left side. Taking only 10 minutes to hike, that trail leads to a stream surrounded with boulders. Up here, you can also visit its three hanging bridges.

Mag-asawang Bato
7.93 km away

Mag-asawang Bato got its name from a pair of giant boulders situated in the middle of the river. The boulders are also known as "Paliguang Aso" (bath for dogs) among the locals, although dogs are rarely spotted bathing there. Fed by tributaries in Alfonso and Bailen, the river was once a hydroelectric energy source that powered a nearby rice mill. Today, only the moss-covered ruins of the dam remain. Mag-asawang Bato is located just below the Barangay Hall of Poblacion Dos. Visitors have to go down a long flight of stairs with about 160 steps to reach the river. It's a good spot for picnics, swimming, and river trekking.

Things to do nearby

Gorgeous Farms
Nature escapes
16.92 km away

Nestled on the scenic Tagaytay ridge, Gorgeous Farm is now open for farm visits, seminars and overnight accommodations.

The Perfect Tagaytay Weekend Escape
Local sightseeing
19.30 km away

From picnicking with a view of the Taal volcano to witnessing spectacles of the puzzling and animalistic nature, Tagaytay Escapade offers the perfect quick getaway for Manila city dwellers. The tour is done in groups of 10 with comfortable, air-conditioned transportation to and fro. The final stop brings guests to a Pasalubong Center where they can buy delicious and quirky souvenirs for the folks back home.  

Kalayaan at Kagitingan Trail
Local sightseeing
19.30 km away

Get to know the brave heroes and visit the most historical landmarks of Cavite at Kagitingan Trail! You'll get to stand where Philippines' founding fathers debated the country's future and check out the traces of Filipino history in museums and heritage churches. Here in Explora, our partner travel and tours are screened to deliver the top services we can find in the Philippines. Secure your slots in advance for these can soon become fully-booked!

Where to stay

Esperanza's Bed and Breakfast

Located 30 minutes away from Tagaytay, you can enjoy the sought after cool breeze away from the crowd. Whether you’re a lone traveler or a family of four, we offer three suite rooms that can accommodate your needs. Our accommodations are complemented with Filipino breakfast and local coffee. We accept reservations for meetings, small events, and intimate gatherings. We are open 24/7.

Abagatan ti Manila
Hotels and homes
13.97 km away

Abagatan ti Manila (Ilocano for South of Manila) is a premier hotel and events place that offers stylish room accommodations and extensive facilities. Enjoy well-designed architecture, impressive garden landscapes, topped by high quality service, and the warm hospitality of our dedicated staff.

Built in July 2014, this lush estate nestled in an amazingly peaceful haven in Alfonso, Cavite, is the ideal venue for corporate meetings, team building activities, The Dream wedding, family reunions, or simply, just a quick weekend escape from the city. The property is approximately 13 km from Tagaytay, around 44 km from Batangas and Alabang, and about 50 km away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

With a laid-back feel and cozy ambience, Abagatan ti Manila is truly your Stylish Getaway Haven in the South of Manila.

Sand Bar Beach Resort
Hotels and homes
14.30 km away

A Beach Resort for Relaxing , taking stress off and a place to have fun!

Come and escape the city, Paradise is just a call away!

Getting there and around

Brgys. San Agustin and Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite

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