Ever since we started travelling, we’ve always been eager to find a way to satisfy our weekend. For this weekend’s getaway, we decided to travel around the province of Laguna. Laguna is recognized by many for being the hot spring capital of the Philippines. But this is not the only thing they’re rich of. The province is also blessed with numerous waterfalls together with lush forestry.
There are a lot of things to see in Laguna and a day is not enough to wander around. Since our brother, Burn, were not with us in this adventure but already had a chance to visit Pagsanjan falls (aka Cavinti falls), we opted to go and see its beauty instead of going around other cities.
ACCESS TO THE FALLS
There are two ways to go to Pagsanjan falls. It’s either the Pagsanjan route or Cavinti route. If you don’t want to sweat a lot and see the falls in no time, take Pagsanjan route via “shooting the rapids”, where you will take a boat ride back and forth passing through Balanac and Bumbungan rivers and this will take you about an hour to reach the falls. But this is quite pricey considering that this is the most popular option for tourists(ranging from 1200-1500/person). For the other route, if you find the boat ride expensive and want your adventure to be more exciting, just like what we did, trekking via Cavinti is for you.
After a bus ride to Sta Cruz, we rode a jeepney going to Cavinti then a short tricycle ride to Pueblo El Salvador. We arrived at the jump-off point around 7am. Tour guides will entertain visitors at 8am. So be early if you want to avoid tourist congestion.
There are two packages to choose from if you’re going to take this route.
TOUR PACKAGE VIA PUEBLO EL SALVADOR NATURE PARK (Cavinti)
A: Php 270 (586 metal ladder steps, rappelling, trekking, bamboo rafting)
B: Php 630 (586 metal ladder steps, rappelling, trekking, bamboo rafting + boatride exit)
We picked the latter because we wanted to experience both! We highly recommend it and it’s totally worth your money!
TOUR PACKAGE VIA PAGSANJAN
Php 1500 (Roundtrip boatride)
We forgot to buy some food before trekking but good thing there’s this pizza store that delivers to Pueblo El Salvador.
We began our trek at around 8:30 AM. We were the second group to take that route which is a good thing cause there were only a few tourists at the falls.
Path going down to the falls.
The path was well-developed and slipper friendly. It’s fine to wear any kind of footwear.
View from above. Few more minutes until we reach the bottom.
After around 15 minutes of trekking, we arrived at the first station where you will need to rappel downward. This is undeniably challenging and fun!
No need to worry about your belongings.
Do not take off your gear immediately for you will encounter another rappelling station. While we are getting closer to the falls, the steel ladder is getting steeper and steeper. 580 steps of hell!
The last part of the stairs was a steep 85 degrees which required a rope for support.
Trekking on the steel stairs has ended. We’re almost there! Tourists who took Pagsanjan route will alight here. We were so lucky that the place is not crowded.
Upon arriving at the falls, this beauty will greet you.
Touchdown! The famous Pagsanjan falls! (aka Cavinti falls/Magdapio falls) The beauty of this falls is more than words could ever describe.
The package also comes with a raft going inside Devil’s Cave. The current is so strong that you must wear a life jacket at all times even if you’re a good swimmer. Especially when it is approximately 70 feet deep. Safety first.
Be ready for your action cameras when going inside.
Inside Devil’s Cave. The water coming from the falls is crazily strong. It will go on your face so you can hardly open your eyes while inside.
Before heading back to the city.
Then it was time for the most awaited shooting the rapids!
If you take the boat route, you will stumble upon this magnificent looking falls.
By the end the tour, it was safe to say that we’ve done everything adventurous that day (rappelling, trekking, swimming, rafting, canoeing) and it was a really memorable experience. It was so nice to visit a place we’ve heard about since we were kids!
3:45 – Meet up in Cubao
4:00 AM – 6:20 AM – Bus ride to Sta. Cruz
6:40 AM – 7:20 AM – Jeepney ride to Cavinti
7:20 – 7:30 – Tricycle ride to Pueblo El Salvador Nature Park (jump-off point)
8:30 – 9:00 – Trek to falls
9:00 – 10:15 – Cavinti Falls & Devil’s Cave
10:15 – 11:00 – Shooting the rapids/boat ride (going back)
11:00 – 11:30 – Trek to highway
11:30 – 12:00 – Rest
12:00 – 12:15 – Jeepney ride to Pagsanjan
12:15-1:20 – Lunch
1:20 – 1:30 – Jeepney ride to HM transport
1:45 – 4:45 – Bus ride to Cubao
4:45 – Arrival in Cubao
Bus fare to Sta. Cruz – Php 112/head w/ student discount
Jeep fare to Cavinti – Php 21.00/head
Tricycle fare to Pueblo El Salvador Nature Park (jump off point) – Php 100/ride
Pagsanjan/Cavinti Falls tour package – Php 630/head
*trek to Cavinti falls + rapelling, boat ride/shooting the rapids (going back)
Jeep fare to Pagsanjan – Php 7.00/head
Jeep fare to HM Transport – Php 7.00/head
Bus fare to Ortigas – Php 112/head
TOTAL EXPENSE: Php 939/head
Pizza – Php 145.00
Lunch – Php 60.00/head
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