Bucari, Leon: Panay’s Premier Summer Capital
Hidden behind the mountains of Central Panay is the temperate paradise of Bucari in Leon, Iloilo. This unspoiled and cold emerging eco-tourism destination is a must see for every Ilonggo. So before you set your sights in visiting Tagaytay or even as far as Baguio, I advise you to first see Bucari and experience our own summer capital. Come and join me and let’s explore the beauty of Bucari!
Growing up in Luzon, I have already experienced visiting Baguio and Tagaytay, both have their own admirable sceneries and cold yet relaxing ambiance. But ever since I have heard of Bucari, it had captured my imagination. Pine trees, fresh mountain breeze, magnificent views of the terrain on top – to name a few. So when the invitation of Discover Panay Island to experience Leon came, with no hesitation, I immediately grabbed it.
I would say that the travel from Iloilo City to Leon is far less challenging, but getting to Sitio Bucari from the town proper is a bumpy ride to the mountains. An hour drive from up to the mountains would bring you to the sitio. The ride was rough and tiring, but it’s all worth it just to see the mountains of Leon.
Minute by minute into the travel, my eyes feasted on the scenery of the mountains and the rivers flowing below.
Cliffs beautifully landscaped by rains added to my fascination. As we go high into the mountains, the temperature begins to drop. It was cold and the breeze refreshes you in spite of the rough ride.
The undulating terrain may make it hard to travel into the place. But believe me, all of that will be washed away once you reached the camping site. A plateau hidden behind the mountains serves as the camping site. Lush pine trees now occupy the area (it is also a reforestation site). Ideal for picnic, camping, or just plain relaxing, the site is being maintained by the good residents of the local barangay.
The water flowing down the mountains never stops – it is cold and refreshing. I envy the neighborhood because of this constant and reliable water supply (I even joked if we can make a pipe straight to our house in Molo).
And of course, the hospitable sponsors prepared us a sumptuous lunch of local dishes - inasal nga manok bisaya and linagpang nga manok. What surprised me are the locally produced mangoes – it can compete those in Guimaras in quality and taste (really!).
After lunch, we decided to hit the waterfalls in Barangay Camandag. And that will be in Part 2. =)
The view from the camping site (click to enlarge).Tags: Bucari, Discover Panay Island, Leon