Extra-challenge to get to Cavinti Falls

 

I can still remember back then when I was a child reading history books, that Pagsanjan falls was one of the famous falls here in the Philippines. Since I’ve never been there what I can only do that very moment is to stare at the picture of Pagsanjan falls and imagine what it really looks like in person.

Until last week I was given a chance to experience the eco-adventure activities around the municipality of Cavinti, Laguna and the falls that was said in the book is included on our itinerary. (finally!)

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The painting represents the legendary lore about Magda & Pio  long, long ago. (forgot the story though!)

I also learned in this tour that the famous Pagsanjan falls is now called Cavinti falls, since the main falls of Pagsanjan are actually located within the boundaries of Cavinti, Laguna, but the more popular access by canoes originates from the town of Pagsanjan. However the Sangguniang Bayan (legislature of municipalities in the Philippines) approved the proposal by the officials of Municipality of Cavinti on 2009, renaming the falls to Cavinti falls.

Actually, it doesn't really matter whether the waterfalls is in Cavinti or Pagsanjan because anyone would still love to visit it regardless of name or location.

Going back, let’s go ahead and start the Cavinti route!

Here are the photos how to get to the falls:

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                                                                               (photo opp before we start the challenging route) 

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                                                                                                 Then we start to walk.

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                                                                                                            And walk..

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                                                                                                           And walk…

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                                                                                                            1st  rappel and then…

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                                                                                                         Walk again.

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                                                                A quick stop to El Salvador Del Mundo’s grotto to catch our breath.

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                                                  This is a nice view to do the 2nd rappel because we were able to see what’s down there.

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                                                        Although after rappelling, the steep steel ladder stairs are waiting for you. Lol!

Approximately it’s 45 minutes of hike/trek and rappel, 1178 steps or 2 kilometers from Pueblo El Salvador, to reach the Cavinti falls.
My friend who went there advised I may rent a banka or small boat to take me to the falls or "shoot the rapids." The standard rate is about Php 1250-1500 per person which includes the round-trip boat ride, entrance fees, and use of life vests.

Good thing I didn’t followed my friend’s advise (Lol!) I was able to enjoy the nature while getting my body fit because of the challenging route and I don’t have to pay some charges.

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“Tiring but WORTH it!” Suddenly this quote pops-up in my mind after seeing the exceptional beauty of Cavinti falls a.k.a Pagsanjan falls. It’s like I’m having a flashback of my childhood days, remembering the moment that I can only see this mesmerizing body of water in the book. It’s an honor to witness it in person.

All I can do is take a picture of it and dip my tired feet on it’s refreshing water.

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                                                                     My troll face preparing to test the power of the falls.

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Groufie shot from kuya Azrael before we ride the balsa or bamboo boat to get to the devil’s cave that is behind the waterfalls.

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And yes we made it inside the cave even though the current of the falls before we enter is like a torture chamber. Though it’s part of the trip so what we did inside is to take more selfies as we can.

After 10 minutes of staying inside the devil’s cave we decided to go back to the outside world because of the frigid wind inside the cave.

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                                                                                                         Wet hair don’t care.

I don’t know how we survived the typhoon-like-current-of-water, but kudos to our bravery!

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After the great experience with the falls, we have to go back since we don’t want to cut down our budget the only option that is left to us, is to hike/trek and rappel again.

 

Tips:

This is a very challenging trip either your going to take the Cavinti route which is; hike/trek and rappel or the Pagsanjan route wherein your going to ride a tourists board a fiberglass or wooden boat paddled by 2 skilled and licensed boatmen in a ride known as “Shooting the rapids” make it a habit to bring bottled water we need to be hydrated believe me! And since your going to get wet when you reached the falls I advise you to bring extra shirt and also bring underwater camera to capture the moments even you get wet.

 

If you’re interested to take the challenge and have a tour kindly contact and check the information below:

Herald C. Bebis
www.facebook.com/heraldbebis
09055174371

#CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cavintiecoadventuretour

Website: www.cavintilaguna.com

Municipality of Cavinti
www.cavinti.gov.ph

 

The #CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour is a Tourism Advocacy Campaign to help generate online buzz for the upcoming Cavinti Water Sports Olympics: 1st International Competition happening on February 8-14, 2015.

The #CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour is organized by Herald C. Bebis for the Municipality of Cavinti headed by Hon. Mayor Milbert Oliveros. The event is fully supported by the Municipal Tourism Office, DigitalFilipino, Pelikula Padayon, Caliraya Lake Mountain Resort, Camarin Resortand Lago Fishing Village

 

Thank you for reading! :3

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2 comments

  1. hahha..devils cave pala tawag dun sa cave..
    omg

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  2. Thanks Martin! At least kaya pa din mag OOTD moments kahit challenging yung journey hahaha!

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