Remember my last post about my San Miguel, Bulacan ANNventures? That river crossing that washed our feet with cold nature water? It made us crave to try waterfalls hunting!
Good thing, our province, Laguna, has lots of majestic waterfalls.
Since it was our first time, we chose those falls that are easy to climb yet we’ll be in great awe of their beauty. Upon researching, the two famous falls these days in Laguna are Hulugan Falls and Aliw falls since they are near with each other.
Looking through the photos of the said falls, we packed our things right there and then. Chos! haha
So I went to Luisiana, Laguna together with my 9 friends to hunt these falls and see their beauty right through our own eyes last March 5, 2016, Saturday.
From Balibago, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, we rode a van going to Sta. Cruz at 4:00 a.m. It took us 2 hours to arrive there. Then we rode a jeep going to Brgy. San Salvador where Hulugan Falls is located.
You will not get lost here because it’s too popular. You just have to say to the driver that you’ll get off at Brgy. San Salvador.
Few steps away from the barangay’s welcome arch is their Information Desk where they will assign a guide for your group and they will let you ride a tricycle going to the Barangay for registration. Tricycle ride was just 5-10mins I guess. They have bathrooms with fees (like for peeing, it’s 5php) there. You can also take shower if you want.
Upon arrival, we were asked to write all our names and pay the registration fee. During weekdays, they usually assign two guides for a group of 10 but since we went there on a weekend, we were just given one guide because of guide shortage due to number of guests coming there during weekend.
Kuya Rowel, our guide, just gave us some few reminders on our trek down the Hulugan Falls, and then we started our journey.
While walking, he mentioned that there are other falls around the area that we can visit after Hulugan, the Talay and Hidden falls. However, if we visit these two, we can no longer see Aliw Falls since they will only accept guests up to 3:00 p.m. So we had to choose. Since he said that Aliw is more majestic than the two he mentioned, we chose to proceed with our initial plan of visiting Aliw Falls after Hulugan.
The road from the barangay was being developed that’s why there was already some cemented parts.
The day before we went there was a bit rainy, reason why the path/trail going to Hulugan was really muddy. Like, stickily muddy. haha Lucky us, ironically. Pffft
The trail going to Hulugan Falls is a down rocky slope. Kuya Rowel told us that they were the ones who made the trail. They used large bamboo sticks as handles. The mud that time made our trek a bit challenging and thrilling, which was a good thing, seriously. 🙂
TRIVIA: Did you know that there was a trail just above the Hulugan Falls? But they closed it, so to avoid accident since they can’t control some of the visitors who want to peek down below the falls.
We were a bit slow moving because of the sticky mud and because we were careful not to trip off, but many, like most of us, still tripped off, several times! Muddy trail it is! hahaha
As we went nearer the falls, we already hear the water rushing which made us more excited. It felt like Hulugan was tempting us. LOL
Then few meters away from the mighty, we were already seeing Hulugan peeking through the trees which amazed us all.
And after 45mins to an hour of walking, we finally got to see THE mighty Hulugan Falls. It was my first time to see such huge and tall waterfalls that all I was saying while looking at it was “wow”.
Really just a wow! Look how small those people at the feet of the falls. That’s how humongous Hulugan Falls is.
We then took the chance to have photo ops with THE mighty!
The drizzle coming from the feet of the falls was enough to make you wet. It was like a huge shower! Good thing we wore something we can already use for swimming. Here, even if you don’t plan to go swimming, you will be forced to do so because you’re already wet anyways from the drizzle so why not take a splunge instead? 😀
Make sure though that you’ll bring something like plastic mat where you can leave your things and keep it dry. 🙂
Kuya Rowel said we can go swimming at the feet of the falls but no one was brave enough to go near it. But there was a pile of rocks there so we decided to go up and have a group photo. That’s the closest we can get to the feet! Sorry for some of the pics are blurry. 😦
We stayed there for an hour to enjoy the water. It was really cold though. It was still early in the morning, around 8:00 a.m. when we had a dipped to the sauna-bath-like holes there.
It was around 9:00 a.m. when we decided to leave and proceed to Aliw Falls.
By the way, you will take a different trail going back. And this time, it was a bit hard because the slope was steep, rocky and muddy. But don’t worry, there were bamboo handles you can rely to. 🙂
While walking back, we got passed through numbers of visitors. Good thing we went there early, there were only few of us owning the falls that time. At least, no photobombers, just my friends. hihi
It took us another 45mins going back and as we approached the barangay to log out, there were faucets where we cleaned up our sandals full of muds first. By the way, water use is for free in that area. 🙂
From the barangay, we rode a tryk going to Aliw Falls registration area. It took us 10-15mins to get there. We paid the registration fee and Kuya Nick was assigned as our guide to Aliw Falls.
Their registration area has a resort where you can cool down after your visit to Aliw Falls. Isn’t that nice?! After paying the registration fee, we then started walking to Aliw falls right away.
Kuya Nick said that normally, it only takes 25-30mins to reach Aliw. This was more a chill hike, just a minimal slopes, but still muddy from all the raining from the previous day. So, many of us slipped off several times, and I’m one of those. #SandulasTeam If not for these muddy trails, our hiking would’ve been boring. We laughed so hard whenever someone fell off their butt. hehe
We just walked along the side of the river. I don’t know but for me, our trek going to Aliw has more foresty feel than that of Hulugan Falls.
Maybe because I’ve heard more sounds of bird’s tweets and rushing water here, and there were more colors here by the flowers and pineapple planted along the way.
And after 25mins of walking, THE gentle giant Aliw Falls welcomed us with her delicate falling water. Another wow! Nature will keep mesmerizing you with her wonders. Thank you Lord for this creation of yours.
We were just 3 groups there that time, I think. As Kuya Nick said, it was because Aliw Falls was not yet as popular as Hulugan Falls. They opened it to the public just a few months ago. That’s also why there’re only 16 guides for Aliw Falls.
Kuya Nick was so adventurous! haha He told us to go up the falls and see there a more ANNmaziing view. So of course, we followed him. There was a trail just beside the falls which was a bit steep. It’ll be hard for elders to climb it.
Upon reaching the top, this was the view! It was a WOW! I love nature! Haaay!
If we wanted, we can even have our lunch there, in the middle of the water, under the shades of the trees. But we decided to just enjoy and eat down the resort instead.
If in Hulugan we were not brave enough to go close with the falls, here we were able to enjoy the waterfalls. We even went to the hole just at the edge atop the falls and have photo ops there. One tough lady here, huh! 😀
Imagine, nature water rushing all over your body! So relaxing, satisfying and fulfilling!
But in this area, the water’s force was a bit hard that it hurts when you stay long underneath. hihi
We stayed here for about two hours just appreciating this wonderful blessing of having the privilege to experience such amazing creations (nature and friendship). Up to now, I’m still in great awe.
It was already around 1:00 pm when we decided to leave Aliw Falls. If only we can stay there overnight, we would. That’s how much we enjoyed staying there.
Upon reaching back the registration area, we then felt hungry after all the walking that we did. There was a resort right there. If my memory serves me right, the entrance fee of the resort are 20php for kids, 30php for adults and 40php for overnight (sooo affordable!) and you can already get to swim in their pool. Our guide was just so kind that he no longer asked us to pay for a cottage fee. Yay! You can also go fishing for just 95php per kilo of Tilapia, that’s 6pcs tilapia per kilo and you can have it cooked there. 🙂 There are also other food you can order, and we had their Pancit Habhab for just 70php per plate, which was really delicious! I swear! My friends even asked the person who cooked it what’s the secret of their pancit. We munch on our Habhab and some pack lunch to fill up our empty stomach.
Our initial plan was to go swimming after descending from Aliw Falls but because of tiredness, we decided to just prep up and go home after we ate a sumptuous lunch at the cottage.
They have clean bathrooms so you will not have any problem having shower or call of nature 🙂
Kuya Nick offered their van to bring us to Sta. Cruz terminal going back to Balibago, with a fee of course. 🙂 It was around 3:00 p.m. when we left there.
Finally! A successful waterfalls hunting! Nature will never fail to mesmerize you with its magic. So please, let us take good care of it so the next generations will see and experience them as well through their own eyes, not only through these photos.
ITINERARY (HULUGAN AND ALIW FALLS)
4:00 A.M. – ETD at Sta. Rosa, Laguna
6:00 a.m. – ETA at Sta. Cruz (Sunstar Mall), ride jeepney going to Luisiana
6:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. – ETA at Brgy. San Salvador, Luisiana, Laguna
7:10 a.m. – Arrival at JOP (Register, secure guide)
7:20 a.m. – Start trek
8:00 – 8:10 a.m. – ETA at Hulugan Falls
9:00 a.m. – ETD at Hulugan Falls
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. – ETA at Registration area (settle.. wash up)
10:30 a.m. – ETD to Aliw Falls
10:45 a.m. – ETA at Aliw Falls Registration area (register.. secure guide)
10:55 – 11:00 a.m. – Start trek to Aliw Falls
11:25 a.m. – ETA at Aliw Falls
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Trek back to Registration Area
2:00 p.m. – ETA at the Reg Area (eat, wash up, settle)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – ETD to Sta. Cruz
4:45 – 5:00 p.m. – ETA at Sta. Cruz terminal (bound to Balibago, Sta. Rosa, Laguna)
7:00 p.m. – Arrive at Sta. Rosa, Laguna
135php – Van from Balibago to Sta. Cruz (SunStar Mall)
30php – Jeep to Brgy. San Salvador
10php – Tricycle to the barangay
15php – Registration fee (fixed)
5php – CR
400php – Guide fee (not fixed; for the whole group already – 40php each)
25php – Tricycle to registration area
15php – Registration fee (not fixed; just a donation for the barangay)
400php – Guide fee (not fixed; for the whole group already – 40php each)
70php – Pancit Habhab
15php – Ligo
50php – Van to Sta. Cruz
90php – Van to Balibago
1. Start your trek as early as you can so you will be able to visit at least two falls.
3. Wear something light that you can use straight to swimming. I wore rashguard and running pants here. And sandals for water activities.
4. Pack some food and trail foods. Bring just enough water so your bag won’t be heavy.
5. Water proof your stuff. From food to your personal things. This is more of a water activitu so better to protect your things from getting wet. It should only be you to go swimming, okay? haha
6. Remember to bring extra clothes.
7. Water proof camera is a must.
8. Bring plastic mat where you can put your bags to keep it dry.