It’s been a while since I got out of town ever since this pandemic hit and to be honest I was kind of craving for a change of scenery. So, last week we planned our trip to visit the North of Cebu and part of the itinerary was the new spot called bamboo forest in Medellin and spend some hours at the beach.
Because I knew it’s going to be a hot Saturday afternoon, we hit the road early morning, also, to dodge the dreaded traffic jam along Consolacion and Lilo-an. It should only take about 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach Medellin at that point, minus the stops we had to make to complete our prepared lunch.
The place is located at Brgy. Luy-a beside the tuburan (sugarcane plantation), which Medellin is also known for. An entrance fee of 20 pesos plus parking of 10 pesos is the total cost and you’re good to enjoy the view. The bamboo forest starts accepting guests at 8 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends, they often extend their operating hours up to 10 p.m.
It’s Refreshing Inside this Bamboo Forest
Upon entering you’ll be greeted by tall bamboo trees clumped together along the walkway; I never gotten the chance to ask the type of bamboo but they are slim in radius. Inside the plantation you’ll notice the temperature control taking place, it was very relaxing and the wind that gushes through your skin is refreshing. Have it not been for the silly “videoke-esque” music being heard across the place I would’ve liked my initial impressions. I imagine hearing serene sounds of running water and that very traditional bamboo water fountain, if you’re an anime fan then you know what I mean.
When I think about Japan, I think about Zen, but instead I get the pleasure of hearing Bon Jovi, moving along.
I wanted to let my imagination wander a bit as I walked through, but I get distracted with odd objects that seemed out of place, for example a bench with a heart shaped arc or a tractor in the middle of the forest? Hmm. Kind of a letdown so I decided to look at the good points this bamboo forest have.
So, they got them a decent recreation of a scenery, that’s a great start. They also offer a semblance of the farm life by offering fresh sugarcane juice and some pintos na mais among many.
More Room For Improvement
Don’t think for a sec this place is not worth a visit though, I would say what’s being said about their version of bamboo forest is true on most part but there are portions that, if I thought once added could elevate any visitors’ experience.
What I thought they could do next to improve is add more Japanese ethos in the picture. I mean renting traditional costume is kind of okay if you want to impress a “I’ve been to Japan inspired” photo.
From a tourist’s perspective, I would be willing to pay more just to experience nature and some peace of mind during the weekend before I go back to hustle and bustle and not just have a good background on my selfie.
But I know the bamboo forest holds potential, there’s a lot of room for improvement and after we all recover from this season of Covid-19, I would not be surprised to see more people visiting this natural beauty.
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