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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Waterfalls Trekking in Pili, Camarines Sur

Shower Falls
After settling in our rooms at Eurotel, I met with the rest of our group which included fellow bloggers Shawn (Life Beyond 8-5), Estan (Langyaw), Kara (Traveling Up), our hosts, Wayne, Rustom from Naga Tourism and Albert from NagaX, Naga tourism’s marketing arm. By private van, we traveled 45 minutes to Barangay Curry (pronounced as Koory)  in Pili, Camarines Sur's capital.  
Arrival at the trail head
The jump-off had a wide open space for parking, two spartan restrooms where you can change and a hut where we registered our names. 

After meeting our guides, we set off to a deeper section of the forest. The start of the terrain was flat but a little rocky which is quite manageable. Trees and shrubs surrounded us. Hues of green were strong and instantly, I felt even more cheerful, this is home! 



In about 20 minutes, our feet had to get wet as we crossed our first river. Water was cool and quite tempting to dip in. 


After resting, we proceeded to my favorite part of the hike, this daunting, steep section.  I felt nervous as I ascended, clung to roots and  made sure my feet were planted firmly on a rock or branch before I advanced. Fortunately, everyone in the group got to the top without any problems. 



After another 30 minutes of slow pace hiking  (we took the sweet time to take photos – it was just hard not to with all the trees and  insects we saw), we arrived at the first major fall, Twin Falls. Navigating our bodies on twisted tree branches and rocks, it felt like we walked in a special spot where magical creatures converge. 


Twin Falls with Kara of Traveling Up.com 
We resumed our trek on a slightly muddy trail caused by rain the night before. When it got too slippery, I took off my slippers and walked barefoot. (Note :Wear footwear with straps if you're vising all the falls!) 

The second major waterfall was Slide falls. Its lower part features smooth rocks which one can climb and slide into the water. Its water is also deep enough to allow one to climb a cliff and jump. Here we ate our packed lunch. (Note : No modern facilities or trash bins here so you need to carry all your trash down. :)) 

Slide Falls
15 minutes away on a non-existent trail via the river was Shower Falls, a magnetizing view of water cascading gently from its top. It does look like water coming from a shower head at home except this one’s very tall, could be 50 feet at least.

Shower Falls
A long tree log serves as a viewing deck for those who just want to sit and stare at the falls. It’s also wide enough for you to take a nap just as Kara did. Although I am not much of a waterfalls fan, this one’s quite impressive. I just sat on a rock and stared for majority of the time we were there.  :)

Taking at dip at Shower Falls
Rain threaten to fall from the sky so we packed up and took a different, much, much easier trail going back to the jump-off which is an ideal for those who are not up for a sweaty hike.  When rain poured, we were quite near to the registration hut.

If you want to visit the falls send a message through Choose Pili on Facebook, Choose Pili
or book your adventure with Naga Excursions.

Read more about our waterfalls adventure at Traveling Up - Chasing Waterfalls in Pili, Camarines Sur


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