Thursday, November 21

The Other Way to Pagsanjan Falls

After my arrival from India a few weeks earlier, I found my feet becoming itchy again.  I agreed to my friend's invite in visiting the famed Pagsanjan Falls.  I have been to Pagsanjan town a couple of times but never have I laid eyes on the actual falls itself.  Who was I t turn down such an invite?  And so me and my seven friends enjoyed its cool waters one very happy Monday.

Among seven of my travel buddies, I only know three of them personally.  I missed Chino so much that the moment I saw him I guessed I ignored the others to whom I should have said hello first (#peace!).  I smiled at Jherson's and Arjay's familiar grins.  Then I admired the online stars in the persons of Jeffrey and Glen. Lastly, two young men were initiated in our loud circle of travel bloggers sitting at the corner of McDonald's Sta. Cruz, Xander and Richard.  Their muse arrived a little late, but not too late. 

We headed towards Pagsanjan town proper to meet Kuya from the local tourism office. We bought packed binalot lunch and top-loaded towards Pueblo El Salvador Eco Park in Tibatib, Cavinti, Laguna.  It was my second time and the 30-minute ride towards the falls was a very enjoyable experience for all of us.  I suddenly remembered my very first on-top-of-the-world ride back in Camarines Norte.  Incidentally, that was when we were also heading for waterfalls.

Back:  Xander,  Richard, Glen
Middle:  Arjay, Chino
Front:  Glen, Jherson and me
Since I was one of the last who agreed in joining this inexpensive day tour, I did not have much information on what awaits us.  All I know is that the expenses are within budget since I could not afford spending thousands considering I just had a major trip.  We paid the Php 270 entrance fee upon arrival.  

Compiled by RJ

Meeting our guide, I was surprised when we were told we will be doing a bit of trekking and rapelling too. It has been quite some time since I participated in this kind of physical activity.  I got a bit excited when I saw we were to descend a 90 degree ladder!  Walking under the lush foliage and listening to the soft hum of birds reminded me that life is really uncomplicated when we look at it in a simple way. It was pretty easy going down to the falls but going back up was a different story.  We literally had to climb up this very same ladder.  There were actually two sets of ladder, the other one taller and much steeper than the first.  No auto-pulleys, the people in charge just 'pulls' you up as you climb.  Just imagine the power you need to have in your arms and legs.  Whoa!  I remember climbing up the second ladder back up, I almost wanted to give up but I just kept telling myself just a few more rungs and it will be over.  After which, Jherson and I decided that we need to start exercising again.

Rusty, straight and steep
Chino from the top

We were greeted by this view upon reaching the river leading to the falls.  Though not as grand as I am expecting it to be, tourists are still aplenty during our visit.  These boats come from the Pagsanjan jump off point where each head costs at around Php 1200.  

Geographically, the Pagsanjan Falls is within the boundaries of Cavinti, Laguna but the popular canoeing ride originates from Pagsanjan.  Cavinti locals call this Cavinti Falls or Magdapio Falls.  


And we finally meet

Not so far from where we standing, I could already hear the rushing and crashing of the waterfalls from the mountains.  The screams of the tourists can also be heard all over. Well, we said to ourselves, what the heck were they screaming about?  We found out why after taking our lunch.

The boatmen, or shall I say the raftmen (hehehe) were really amazing in pulling and guiding the raft towards the back of the falls.  Funny I now think that they did not scold us from screaming all the time.  We really had a fun time during the whole ride. 

The gang in the cave beneath the falls.
 The water was freezing cold!





After resting for a while, our team went back to the town proper.  Since it was still early, I asked them to try Aling Taleng's famous halo-halo.  For history buffs, you can also take a photo of the Pagsanjan Church and the numerous old houses lining up the National Highway and Mabini St. For those who have more time, you can also camp and much on the yummy banana chips of Villa Socorro Agri Eco-Village and Resort.

Though not as exhilirating and exciting as the more popular canoe ride, it helped us understand now what they say. It is the people you travel with that makes a trip more worthwhile.  It is the journey not the destination.   I was glad I went on with the trip as planned. I not only gained new memories but more importantly, new cool friends as well. The other way to Pagsanjan Falls taught me that.  And in deed it was true.




19 comments:

  1. yey! so much fun indeed :) Sana may part 2 pero wag na sa Pagsanjan hehe :)

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    1. Yes Traveling Morion! hehehe, it was really fun in deed. Kumusta naman ang pagpanhik sa steel railing :-)

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  2. natatawa ako sa kwento nila after ng Pagsanjan nyo yung mga foreigners daw parang lulubog na yung balsa parang walang reaction ata, :)

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    1. totoo un Mina, hindi ba't obvious sa pictures! :-)

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  3. Oo nga. Sabi mo sa akin Mindanao naman! Tara!!! Actually Mindanao kami this weekend!!! habol ka. May utang ako sayo. hahahaha

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    1. Hello Xander. Have fun po sa Mindanao Trip! :-)

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  4. PANG APAT NA KOMENTO KO NA nakakainis ang blogspot ayaw tanggapin yung mga comments. anyway nahahaggard ako sa trip na to next time sana overnight naman

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    1. Hehehehe! Hello Chino! oo dapat pag ganitong ka-physical ang trip, dapat overnight :-)...see you soon!

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  5. Hindi pa ako nakakapag-Pagsanjan Falls. So near yet so far 0_0 at least may idea na ako ngayon what to expect hehe :D

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    1. Hello Mica! Oo ito nga eh we didn't expect na mapapasugod kami sa physical activity. Wala pa naman kaming pare-parehong ehersisyo! :-)

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  6. Makailang beses na na pagpaplano pero never ko pa narating ang lugar nato. I remembered High School Field trip pero di rin natuloy dahil naligaw kame, di pala alam ng bus driver. tsk tsk.

    Well one of these days, mararating ko rin to. Good Job. :)

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    1. Hello Kid Wanderer! Try this one much cheaper and more adventurous too if you don't mind the trekking and and a bit of steep stair-climbing :-).

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  7. hi ano po number s villa socorro at ung local municipal guide for this trip?

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    1. Hi Alyanna! After the registration, the guides will be on site to lead you through the activities (re going down to the falls via rapelling).

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    2. No need for their contact numbers. Just head on to the registration area. The guides will be waiting for you,. :-)

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  8. hello..magkano po ba lahat2 per person?

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  9. hello..magkano po ba lahat2 per person?

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  10. Hello Pao, Jow are you? Nice blog! My friends and I are planning to visit on May 1. dIY lang. May updated details ka ba on Pagsanjan? Thanks.

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