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! 🙂
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.
You think it’s easy?
Here’s what your gonna see on your 2nd rappel. The beautiful sight makes you want to hurriedly jump down
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. 😛
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.
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. 🙂 (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. 🙂