It was during Davao Food Appreciation Tour in 2012 when I had a chance to visit Kapatagan Valley along with fellow travel and food bloggers from different parts of the country. For the curious travelers, this highland is a popular adventurous destination located at the foot of Mount Apo in Davao Del Sur.
Lake Mirror at Mount Apo Highland Resort
Mount Apo Civet Coffee Farm
One thing I noticed in this place is the huge number of Pine trees which is one of the reasons why tourists are visiting this place. Visitors will definitely feel refreshed once they reach this valley filled with greenery, calm environment, beautiful lake and mountains.
Organic Vegetable farming in Kapatagan Valley
Tourists can have a sightseeing of Mount Apo that is known to be the highest mountain in Philippines. People residing in this place can be seen busy with vegetable cultivation and coffee farming since it is the only means of employment for the majority of people in this area. Visitors can also enjoy Lake Rosario – a lake located at the foot of Mount Apo that gives a breath taking view and a total relaxation.
Pathway to Kublai Millan’s Agong House
Kapatagan Valley houses Camp Sabros which is an outdoor adventure camp that is located almost 3,980 feet above sea level. Due to the location of the camp in such an elevated level, visitors can experience cool weather throughout the year. This valley also houses Asian Palm Civets that is bred for producing the Civet Coffee. Civet Coffee is known to be the world’s most expensive coffee.
Sculpture of Kublai Millan
One of the places we visited is the Mount Apo Highland Resort that is located on the uphill portion of Kapatagan. The resort is a two-part mountain resort complex: the lower level portion features a natural cold spring pool called Lake Mirror and a campsite located in a hilltop called Hillside which also provide a wonderful view of Kapatagan and Mount Apo.
Kublai Art Garden is also another must visit place in this valley. There is also a Mindanaoan tribal village that that is popularly known as Tibolo Village. This village showcases the Bagobo culture at its very best and visitors can meet, interact with the community and thereby learn their culture. Visitors can also have a hands-on experience of their houses, traditional crafts and also food. Among food, ‘Nilutlot’ is the most famous since it is cooked in bamboo.
Walking under the huge pine trees
Virgin Falls is also another major attraction of this tourist destination. It is located within the highlands of the Kapatagan Valley and the waterfall is almost 20 meters high and 10 to 15 feet wide, that flows between the gigantic rock walls.
Each of the rock walls on either side is surrounded with lush green flora and fauna. Visitors will be taken aback with the presence of this natural pool which is comprised of crystal clear water.
Kapatagan Valley is located in Davao Del Sur. More than just the clear view of Mount Apo, this valley also has a lake, a waterfall and thick greenery that will definitely give visitors a big break from their busy life.
How to get to Kapatagan Valley
The easiest way to reach Kapatagan Valley is through private transportation. From Davao City, it is about two hours drive or an hour away from of Digos City. There are buses available at the Ecoland Bus Terminal in Davao City that ply to Digos City. From Digos City, public utility vans are available for hire to reach the valley.