Due to the boredom I felt this weekend. I googled places I can go near metro manila and voila, I am going to chase waterfalls. I immediately texted my friends and see below what happened.
CHASING WATERFALLS – LAGUNA
Hulugan, Talay and Aliw Falls
As we all know (and some who don’t) Laguna is the home of not only buko pie and hotspring resorts but also beautiful waterfalls.
And we’re going to 3 falls which are Hulugan, Talay and Aliw.
After rainy season is the best days to go waterfall hopping in Laguna because the trail is less muddy and slippy yet the water is still overflowing. But this time, unexpectedly, it’s raining so it’s a bit challenging.
You can ride a bus going to Sta. Cruz Laguna in cubao or taft. Then you can drop to the terminal and ride a jeep bound to Luisiana and ask the driver to drop you in San Salvador or Hulugan falls, then ride a tricycle to kapitan’s house to pay the registration fee then proceed to drop off.
You need to hire a tour guide which given randomly by the admin. The fee is not fixed and it’s up to you how much you’re going to pay the guide.
San Salvador, Lusiana, Laguna
We started walking for about 20 mins in a muddy trail. Tips: Do not use tsinelas, use hiking shoes or sandals.
This is one of the biggest waterfall I saw so far. It’s 235ft high, you can just stand there and be amazed how massive this waterfall is. All the slides during the trek are worth it.
We took our lunch in the other side of the river. Make sure that you bring your own packed lunch, there’s no store available in the area.
We just bought 1 Roasted whole chicken at Andok’s (not a promotion) and rice. We ate using our bare hands and the patay gutom unleashed in our body, there is no table nor chair available in the area so we just used rocks.
Note: Don’t forget to give your guide a food.
After lunch. We proceed walking to the next falls.
San Salvador, Lusiana, Laguna
We trek for about 20 more minutes from Hulugan falls. Of course, the trail is still muddy and more slippery than the previous one.
Talay falls is not as magnificent as hulugan falls but this is a two level waterfall. There are tables and chairs set up on the side where you can take you meryenda or lunch.
With the Guide.We’ve done some photo ops and we started trekking to kapitan’s house after.
San Jose, Luisiana
This falls is located in a different barangay and due to some jurisdiction, we have to hire another tour guide to guide us going to aliw falls.
From kapitan’s house where we ended the trip of hulugan and talay falls, you can hire a tricycle from San Salvador to Aliw falls drop off.
The trek is like 15-20 mins and we did not even noticed that we are actually in the field.
Aliw falls is 65ft high and there’s a water basin under, estimately 10-15 ft deep where you can swim and dive.
you can also climb to the top of the water fall.
after swimming and eating some snacks, we decided to go back. There’s a shower room in the drop off where you can take a bath and change clothes.
You can walk from the drop off area up to the highway where you can ride a jeepney going to bus terminal bound to manila.
|10:00 am||Arrival at Brgy. San salvador/Drop off|
|10:15 am||Start Trek|
|10:45 am||Arrival at Hulugan falls|
|12:30 pm||Start trek to Talay|
|1:00 pm||Talay Falls|
|2:00pm||Start trek to Kapitan’s house|
|2:30 pm||Arrival at Kapitan’s house/Departure to Aliw falls|
|3:00 pm||Arrival at Aliw falls Drop off/Start trek|
|3:20 pm||Arrival at Aliw falls/Swimming|
|4:30 pm||Stark trek going back to drop off|
|5:00 pm||Drop off/Shower|
|6:00 pm||Ride jeep back to Sta. Cruz|
|7:00 pm||Sta. Cruz bus terminal|
|Food (Andoks 249/4 + Rice)||80|
|Jeep to San Salvador (x2)||70|
|Trike to hulugan||20|
|Guide – Hulugan and Talay falls (300/4)||75|
|Trike to San Jose||35|
|Guide – Aliw falls (150/4)||37.5|