Our spontaneous trip to the famous Pagsanjan Falls started when a friend of mine uploaded an album in Facebook entitled “Pagsanjan”. The set of pictures were really impressive which drove me nuts for the whole day. I was so fascinated, I showed it to my little brother; to my surprise, my little brother did not pay any “wwwooow reactions”. He even asked me where and what Pagsanjan Falls is. I was like “Woah! Seriously? You don’t know what Pagsanjan Falls is?” I even bragged to him that I passed my Sibika at Kultura during my Grade School years because of my usual-slash-irreplaceable answer to the question: “Magbigay ng halimbawa ng Talon.” Of course, without any second thoughts, my immediate answer eversince was – Pagsanjan Falls. 1 point din yun! πŸ™‚
With my desire to let my brother meet Pagsanjan Falls, we started researching the how to’s. I was told about the details and I got skeptical w/ the estimated budget that was quoted – an affordable P800.00 all-in. I did not believe it at first because my friend who just went to Pagsanjan told me that it is P1375/pax for the Pagsanjan Falls Experience, a total of P1500 actually with all the municipality fee, raft fee, etc. So, P1500 plus the transpo fares. I kept on asking why the estimated budget was so cheap but when my friend told me that we are going to take another route which is through Cavinti, though I never heard of it before, Go lang ng Go!

How To Get There:
by Public Transpo
-From Buendia, take Green Star Bus to Sta. Cruz Laguna. Fare is P130.00. Once you reached Sta. Cruz Terminal, ride a jeepney just across the street to Sta. Cruz Market . In Sta. Cruz Market, look for the street in front of Mercury Drug Store, there you can find the jeepneys to Cavinti. Fare is P23.00. Ask the driver to drop you off the cemetery, you can take a tricycle from there to Pueblo El Salvador Eco Park. (There are 2 eco-parks in Cavinti so make sure to be specific, locals call it “Pueblo”) Tricycle fare is 10.00/pax.

The 45-minute trip to Cavinti is exhilarating. The atmosphere is quite relaxing and the air is really fresh (Real fresh, not amoy poopoo ng cow). Imagine a town in the outskirt of the Province of Laguna and is situated in the foothills of Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges, superb!

The real name of Pagsanjan Falls is Magdapio Falls. This most popular falls is not actually located in Pagsanjan; it is seated in the heart of Cavinti, Laguna. But since the falls is usually accessible via Pagsanjan, it become popularly known as Pagsanjan Falls.

Doing it the Cavinti-Way! πŸ™‚
With elevation of around 400 meters above sea level, the tour to Pagsanjan Falls starts at Pueblo El Salvador Eco Park in Barangay Tibatib, Cavinti. The entrance fee is P200.00. We are supposed to get the P500 package but it’s no longer available. The local government already stopped the eco-park offering this packages since the municipal wants all the tourists to take the route from Pagsanjan.

Lesgow Sago!

A peaceful walk at Pueblo El Salvador Eco-Park… πŸ™‚

You think it’s easy?

It’s not as simple as a walk in the park. Not all the roads in Pueblo are well-paved. You have to overcome the muddy roads and these big roots

The Grotto of El Salvador del Mundo in the middle of the eco-park

It is an approximately a 45 minute trek – aside from the not-so-easy-walk in Pueblo’s Eco Park, the descent includes a combination of more than 672 steel steps and 2 35 ft rappelling. Ready?
Safety harness and gears. Don’t worry they’re Petzl.
C’mon! Let’s do this!
1st Rappel. 35-40 ft lang naman. Sisiw! πŸ˜›
Here’s what your gonna see on your 2nd rappel. The beautiful sight makes you want to hurriedly jump down

And after traveling 400 meters down, you’re going to be rewarded with this magnificent sight.

Magdapio Falls a.k.a. Pagsanjan Falls

And Tsaran! Our reason for visiting this popular falls…

Mark meets Pagsanjan Falls πŸ™‚

The main attraction at Pagsanjan Falls is the raft ride. Tourists will be asked to board the bamboo rafts and raftmen will be pulling the rope laid across the lagoon. Raftmen encourage the tourists to enjoy the natural back massage. Promise! Ang sarap! Don’t miss it!

WOW Pagsanjan Experience!

The thunderous sound of the water falling down the 300 meter high cliff was really scary. I cant explain what I felt – a combination of 70% excitement and 30% nervousness. But whoala! As we got nearer, we were treated with an unexpected and wonderful surprise – it was my first time to see a full rainbow. I kept on saying, “Wow rainbow! Ang ganda! Ang ganda!” It was totally amazing that this magnificent falls is enveloped with this beautiful rainbow, unbelievable! I was in awe and smiling, that I almost forgot that we are less than a meter away from the falls — then suddenly, a huge volume of water hit me. Actually, I was not wearing a helmet or any protective head gear. Yes, that was dangerous but I just want to know the feeling of that huge amount of water (from 2 biggest rivers in Laguna) hitting my head. Di pa kasi ako nakaligo sa falls kaya inenjoy ko lang. πŸ˜›

Shooting the Rapids

This is the most sought-after and most popular activity in Pagsanjan Falls. Here, 2-3 tourists passengers are treated to a thrilling wild river ride. The expertise of the boatmen are being showcased; try this and be amazed at how the ‘bangkeros’ maneuver and paddle the canoe against the strong current.
Want to be the Best Mamang Bangkero 2011? Watch his moves!

Shooting the Rapids Stop-Over

Hungry? Don’t worry there is a barbeque stand in the middle of this rainforest, about 900 meters away from the main falls. Boatmen will not really advise/encourage you to eat here because they say it is quite expensive – food are priced in dollars because most visitors are foreigners.

If you are going to stop at Talahib, as a courtesy, you may treat your boatmen – water or softdrinks will do.

Okay lang naman yung price ng food P50.00 for a big BBQ. It’s yummy! However, you’ll be surprised with the price of softdrinks in can – P50.00. Dami ko pa naman binili. Tsk!

Good thing, there’s a special treat while your eating at Talahib…

Talahib Falls – locals say that Talahib means ‘half’

Friendly Tips/Things to Remember/Important Info
(Whatever you might wanna call it, read it):

* Pay a visit at Church of Sta. Cruz, the church is really nice

* Make sure to bring ziplocks to protect your cameras, cellphone, or any other digital gadgets

* You don’t have to get a hotel/hostel room if you’re thinking where you can change clothes and have a shower. There’s a shower room just across Pagsanjan Falls. It’s clean, got ample supply of water, and FREE. πŸ™‚ (wala lang ilaw tsaka sabitan ng damit).

* Don’t bring a big backpack. Since the municipal government doesn’t allow tourists to take the Cavinti Route, you won’t be allowed to take Pagsanjan Route going back if you took Cavinti. In short, you need to climb up those 672 steel steps and take the 90 degree angled ladders. Whoah! It was a very intense-slash-I thought-I’m-gonna-die-climb. I dont recommend this route for those with heart illness, asthma, arthritis, and those who just had a major heartbreak.

* Bring a lot of water.

* There’s a hidden cave just behind the falls. They call it the Devil’s Cave, quite scary but I love staying inside that cave. You can swim inside the Devil’s Cave, just be mindful of the rafts.

* And ahmm.. (optional) Don’t forget to taste the water as well (wala lang, first time ko talaga makakita ng falls, kaya tinikman ko na din). Infairness, Masarap siya! Matamis yung tubig. πŸ™‚

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  1. @ rheiyha,sorry sa late na reply. open for public yung ecopark at yung daan na to, so pwede ka makapunta. hindi lang sya ganung pino-promote at sinusuportahan ng local government dun.

  2. Wow! Ang ganda and mukang masaya! Tanong ko lng, saan nyo iniwan backpack ninyo? Plano kong pumunta don mag-isa pero hindi ko alam kung saan ko puwede iwan backpack ko. Salamat!

  3. @ Marjorie,Parang may kubo dun. Actually, mesa na may bubong na pawid. Pwede mo iwan yung gamit mo dun, pwede mo isabit. Madami nga lang langgam. Doon din tumatambay yung ibang bangkero ang guide na nag-aantay pa nung mga nagra-raft. Safe naman, doon ko nilagay yung akin. Pero wag ka na lang din magdala ng kung ano-anong masyadong mahalagang bagay para di ka kinakabahan

  4. hello, im from cavinti, the reason kaya may conflict sila sa route kase nag-aagawan kung kanino talaga ang falls, mejo may away ang cavinti and pagsanjan, before lahat ng revenues from the falls nakukuha ng pagsanjan, now, sa cavinti na kase pinaglaban ng mayor namin yung rights namin jan. madaming issue noon kaya siguro kanya kanya na sila ng way para kumita. dati pwede naman yung bababa ka using cavinti route then pagbalik mo magshooting the rapids ka, ewan ko bakit biglang may ganyan na sila. Simula nung nakuha ng Cavinti ang falls, parang lahat ng taga pagsanjan galit sa amin, tulad nung pumunta kame sa “Tabing-Ilog” mas mahal yung siningil samin na entrance fee kase taga-cavinti daw kame.pero syempre irerecommend ko na gamitin nyo ang Cavinti Route kase mas may thrill. Enjoy kayo!

  5. Hi Sir/Maam,Thanks for sharing. Yun nga din yung mga naging kwento sa amin nung guide namin na si Kuya U-tol. Pinag-aagawan kung kanino ba talaga dapat mapabiling ang famous Pagsanjan Falls. Kasi geographically speaking, it should belong to Cavinti kaya lang parang ang naging premise is since yung falls ay matagal nang kilalang Pagsanjan Falls kaysa Cavinti Falls dapat daw ay mapabilang sa Pagsanjan. Kaya noong mga panahong pumunta kami dyan ay pinagbabawal ang pagdaan sa Cavinti Route.Pero definitely, mas recommended at prefer ko ang pagdaan sa Cavinti. Para hindi lang yung kagandahan ng Pagsanjan Falls ang makikita mo kung hindi pati yung adventure.Salamat ulit!

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  7. wow naman!!nakaka excite gganda ng mga pic.jan ahh!!!tnung ko lang po merun po bang mag guguide ng way pag nandun na sa park..???madada-anan parin po ba yng dun sa park until now?kc talaga namang napk laki ng save pag dun ung way mu at chalenging pa!!!hahahang plan kc kme magpunta jan ng bf ko bfore sya mag punta n abroad!!!dis sept.PROMISE ko kc sa kanya yun!!!so pls.pls.pls sav my no.para pg my mga tanung pa ko madai ako maka cnnect s u..salamat talaga huh!!!GOD BLESS more!mahilig kc ko sa mga adventure!!!kay mga ganyang senario/place ang gusto kung pinupuntahan..^_^ to popla yung no.ko 09462096520–marinel/niel–tnx.talga!!!

  8. @rinel/niel,yes, may guide na sasama sayo pababa at paakyat uli sa park. kasama na din yun sa babayaran mo na 200 pesos. mababait yung mga guide dun, sila pa nga mag-offer na dalin yung mga gamit mo. ang alam ko nadadaanan pa rin sya.yes, mas okay talaga sya daanan. sarap i-experience nung adventure.sana mapasyalan nyo yan ng bf mo πŸ™‚

  9. sir, tanung lang po kung same parin yung expenses pag nagpunta kami sa tuesday?chaka same route lahat. thanks!

  10. hi there got kuya utol contact no. ang singil na nya per head is 270 via cavinti.. punta kami maya dun.. to bad sira pa din un tulay ng pagsanjan kaya iikot kami un way nya tru caliraya lake.. thanks chasing phil. ni share ko un info.at iba mo pixs sa group ko para makita nila un adventure via cavinti! maya na alis namin..Godbless!

  11. thanks a lot @ chasing phils. sobrang n-excite me sa nging edventure nyo kaya go go go din kami. yahooo…

  12. Gusto ko ung rappeling part,exciting. Since ndi na po nila inaallow ung cavinti Route ndi na din ba nmin maeexperience ung rappeling..?

  13. Hi,Maeexperience nyo pa po sya. Bukas pa naman po ang El Pueblo. HIndi lang talaga sya yung traditional way nang pagpunta sa Pagsanjan Falls

  14. @ bheninpink,Mga 45 mins yung trek pababa. Mas mahirap yung pagbalik paakyat πŸ™‚

  15. It was so tiring, but when you get to the falls,you'll say it's worth it. thanks for the tips chasing phil… anyway, does anybody know kuya Utol's new number. the umber posted above says it's unattended. we left our camera there, and only kuya utol would know where it is as he was the only one left there at that time..we were the last group of people to leave the place. Kuya Utol chose to stay there when we told him to come with us. I hope i could still get it back since that's the only camera we brought. :'(

  16. Hi, pwede po bang mag camping somewhere in cavinti or a little bit far from the falls? or if non may mga resorts poba na mura kung saan pwedeng mag stay?

  17. Haha masaya yung pababa kaso yung paakyat pabalik yung worry ko πŸ˜› Great pics and post by the way πŸ˜€ I'll make sure to try this one out soon πŸ˜€

  18. @ Leiyah Chan,tama, yung paakyat ang nakakapagod. But definitely, it's worth every pawis and hingal. πŸ™‚

  19. Hi ask ko lang if pwede padin mag take ng cavinti route? kasi 2011 pa po itong blog nyo. and kung may tour guide ba na pwede kunin pagdating dun sa pueblo ecopark? thanks πŸ™‚ planning to go there this january πŸ™‚

  20. Hi po pwede pa rin po pumunta sa Pagsanjan via Cavinti. Meron pa rin pong tour guide pagdating sa Pueblo Ecopark. Goodluck and enjoy on your trip! πŸ™‚

  21. Balak ko po sana i-try ito sa bakasyon ko kaso sa January pa po yun. Maulan po ba sa month na yun at hindi ba advisable gawin?

  22. Is it okay to travel.alone? Even if your a girl, I want to take his route because my budget is.kinda.limited please reply! Big thanks.

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