(Information updated as of January 19, 2015)
Waterfalls again? Yes, another falls. This is the fourth in my website.
There is no denying that the province of Laguna is abundantly blessed with verdant mountains that are home to perhaps dozens of waterfalls, the famous among them being the Pagsanjan Waterfalls. Some falls flow towards Laguna de Bay either to the lakes in San Pablo or wherever the river ends. There might be other waterfalls somewhere in secluded spots waiting to be discovered. Who knows?
From the Spanish term for a body of water cut off from a larger body by a reef of sand or coral or what simply means a lagoon, when I think of Laguna, I think of water. When I had my first encounter of Pansol way, way back, it was then that I realized that Laguna is so blessed with water. Other provinces in the country do not have the bounty of water that it enjoys.
I never expected to encounter such beautiful waterfalls when I visited the Panguil River Eco Park in Panguil, Laguna. Most of the pictures I saw online looked like very ordinary to me until I experienced them myself. Although I’ve been to several waterfalls in the area like Buntot Palos and Buruwisan, these waterfalls, the Ambon-Ambon Falls, are something else to behold. I meant to say it in plural because there are literally three waterfalls. The first comes from a different source, cascading on a cliff at the side of a river and flows through the twin waterfalls just a few meters further. I call the twin falls the minor and the major falls. Obviously, the minor being the small one and the major being the big one. They are divided by a humongous rock. When you look at them from afar, the waterfall from the cliff and the twin falls appear to be connected, but they actually are not. And it needs a wide-angle lens camera to picture them as a whole.
An experienced guide is required to reach these waterfalls from the Panguil River Eco Park. There’s a need to take three different rides aboard bamboo rafts to reach another point, dozens of hopping on huge boulders, a climb to a metal ladder, crossing some bamboo bridges and a final swim to the waterfalls while holding a line of rope to be able to go against the rapids. It is quite challenging yet becomes worthily enjoyable upon reaching these waterfalls.
From Manila, you can take a van in Legarda to Famy, Laguna and then take a tricycle to the Eco Park, which is popularly known to the driver as Piit. Another way would be taking a jeepney going to Tanay, Rizal at the terminal near Shaw Boulevard. From Tanay terminal, take another 45-minute jeepney ride to Siniloan and then a tricycle to the Eco Park.
There are number of rooms available at the Eco Park. A wide camping site provides a more closer nature experience. So go and bring your own tent (corkage 100.00). You can also rent an open cottage by the river and bring mosquito repellents. Bring your own food, cook set and burner. There are no places to eat nearby although there are some sari-sari stores a few steps away from the Eco Park.
Safe budget per person would be around Php800.00 per person. Check the complete list for other fees here.
For more information, please contact Panguil River Eco Park 09153795866, 09323729861, 09328684844, 09158854218.
The camping ground at the Panguil River Eco Park.