If living the city life in Davao may lose some of its appeal and excitement after sometime, retreating to the boondocks might be a good alternative. The surrounding areas of metro Davao have much to offer. To the northwest and southwest of the city are the mountains and hills of Calinan and Toril, which are set with long trails, rough terrains and both short and long climbs that are sure to delight the hiking enthusiast.
Although parts of these areas have been deforested to make way for various plantations of vegetable and fruits, there are still the untouched zones within these areas that brim with rich flora and fauna and panoramic sights.
In the Calinan District, Tamayong is one of the best places to explore. Before reaching the campsite at Purok 8, you have to climb five hills and cross three rivers. One sight to see after arriving at the campsite is an old almasiga tree, the biggest and the tallest in the area. It is located 50 meters from Datu Ilando’s house in the campsite. There is also an abundance of waterfalls around Tamayong; there are seven in all, enough to satisfy and relax any weary hiker with their cold water that can sooth tired and aching muscles.
You can also take the Tamayong Trail leading to Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines. Although this is the longest and hardest way to Mount Apo, the scenic beauty and the diverse display of vegetation and animal life that the environment of this trail presents rewards the hiker with an incomparable experience. Along the way, you can see century-old trees, well preserved by the locals and environment groups. You will also traverse creeks, rivers and several waterfalls.