|Before I realized what was about to go down, I willingly put on a harness|
|My friend Mors|
I managed to calm down before I reached the ground. But of course, I had to release my woes to someone. One of my best friends, Jules, who I've known for more than a decade was the first brave person to go down after me. In a calm, soothing, sisterly voice, she asked if I was okay. I threw back a betrayed look and several accusing remarks, which only a true friend can tolerate and knows does not come from a hateful place but one that springs from over familiarity. She understood exactly how I felt and how to appease me, like the true friend that she is.
|My friend Jules|
After a 45-minute walk on a steep, winding set of metal stairs and another round of rappelling, we reached the base of one of the famous tourist spots in the Philippines, Pagsanjan Falls. Around 90 meters tall, it was named after its popular jump-off in the municipality of Pagsanjan. It's actual location however is in Cavinti, another municipality, 18.4 kilometers away via the scenic Lumban-Caliraya-Cavinti Road.
|Due to the rain, the normally clear waters of Pagsanjan falls turned murky but we enjoyed the place anyway.|
We were quickly ushered into a bamboo raft by local boatmen and joined by a big group of Korean tourists who came in colorful pink and green boats from Pagsanjan.
The monstrous roar of the water was exhilarating and as we approached the area under the falls we all clung to the rope tied over the raft to avoid from being washed away. Everyone screamed with excitement.
We were led towards a rock formation at the back of the falls where we took turns having our pictures taken by the friendly boatmen.
|At the back of the waterfalls|
|Borrowed a boat to have our pictures taken on it. This was the boat used by those coming from Pagsanjan side.|
We capped our quick waterfalls adventure by bathing at Bumbungan Eco Park, a few minutes away from the entrance of Pueblo El Salvador, the primary jump-off to Pagsanjan Falls.
|Happy friends. I was grateful to have a pair of Keen's Venice H2 (in blue)which had amazing traction and |
very comfy on the soles, perfect for this waterfalls adventure. :)
Barangay Tibatib, Cavinti, Laguna
Mobile Numbers : +63 918 9859-461 / +63 917-2066-110
Landline : 049 523 0012
Rate : 270 Pesos/Head
If entering via Pagsanjan, you need to pay 1,250 Pesos/head inclusive of safety equipment and boat ride
Website : www.cavinti.gov.ph
Facebook : Cavinti Tourism