(If you think that the only way to see the Pagsanjan Falls is passing through Pagsanjan by rowing your boat against the waves you’re pretty much wrong. There’s the Pueblo El Salvador del Mundo Eco Park of Cavinti, Laguna. The road less travel to the beautiful Pagsanjan Falls)
It was 5 o’ clock in the morning. I am still sleepy. The sun was not yet rising in the east side of the sky. The LRT train was quietly moving approaching Cubao station. It had been planned to visit the prestigious Pagsanjan Falls three months ago. I am a little bit nervous for we don’t know how to go there exactly.
Its five and a half when I alight from the train and walked to the bus station bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. My friend was already there and we rode the next available bus. The trip last for three hours. As always the Laguna province got beautiful sceneries along the highway. Lush mountains, greeneries, buffalos busy on grazing grass in hilltops and stunning Mt. Makiling surrounded by morning dews.
We arrived in Sta. Cruz city proper and alighted in Pagsawitan. We don’t know what will be our next transportation, the locals were very kind to give us directions. When the first jeepney bound to Cavinti stopped to pick passengers, we hurriedly rode.
We passed the Pagsanjan town (having many good preserved bahay-na-bato (stone houses) dated back from Spanish times) then Lumban and finally to Cavinti.
The town is quiet and not so many people roam the street. Asking for directions on how could we go to the pagsanjan Falls, we were directed to ride a tricycle that will escort us to the eco park. After 15 minutes, we arrived in the entrance of the park.
The staff were accommodating, we registered and paid Php225/pax for the entrance fee, tourist-guide fee and safety gear rentals. After the tourist-guide briefed us on dos and don’ts we started our journey.
We hiked a fairly 15 minutes till we arrived in the station where our real journey to the Pagsanjan Falls begin. Along the way, you couldn’t help but wonder in awe to see big trees, springs and wild birds free flying in the sky. Everything is peaceful and quiet. You will hear nothing except the mighty sound of falling waters in the falls.
(Trying to see what’s down there. The place is heavily covered by fogs and mist)
As we reached the station, we couldn’t see the rivers for it was heavily covered with fogs. Our guide teach us how to handle our safety gears correctly. Then the adventure begin!
Rappelling on almost 50-feet cylinder-like steel to descend down on very long staircases. If you got some fear of heights, well don’t dare to try 🙂
Upon descending down…Taddah!!!
Heavily forested and fresh air! A kind of air you wouldn’t breathe here in Metro Manila. Climbing down you’ll see…
And More Stairs!!!
Approximately after 30 minutes we’re halfway close to the falls. Booming mighty sounds of the falling water is getting louder. The fog that was once thick was slowly melted by the sun.
A clearer view of river from the top! At first we were bit dissapointed because the water is not that clear. A few minutes more…
Whatta view! Isn’t it? Mother Nature I love you!
And this…But the most stunning part of this adventure…
The mighty roaring Pagsanjan Falls!
The water seemed to be muddy, but trust me it is not! We rode the raft to shoot the rapids so we can go to the Devil’s Cave (the cave behind the waterfalls). It is really a must-try experience. I helped the rafters to pull the rope for us to move and proceed to the cave.
Rushing waters fall in our heads. Cold and refreshing we’re totally soaked! Inside the cave, you may plunge into shallow waters. (Good Choice! I didn’t brought with me my iPad or else I am saving to buy another one!) The cave is dark and your voice echo as you speak. After few moments we decided to leave the cave. It’s really cold inside and we’re having headache.
All in all, the experience is different. Not just a mere hiking or rappelling 🙂
How to go there?
1. Ride any bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna and alight at Pagsawitan.
2. From Pagsawitan take a jeepney destined to Cavinti.
3. From Cavinti ride a tricycle that will escort you to Pueblo El Salvador Eco Park.
1. Always wear comfy clothes.
2. Bring water and food. There are no stores inside the eco park.
3. Bring spare clothes.
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