The high and mighty. Showering me from the mountains
After breakfast, we check in to our Villa in Barangay Zabali. It is a house converted to inn which can accommodate up to 40 persons. We left our baggage bring our cameras and swimming gears heading to trek to the falls. Aurora Province, our first tour will be the Mother’s Fall or Ditumabo Falls in San Luis, Aurora Philippines.
The Wooden Bridge, Imagine 300-500 passers everyday during the vacation season
From Baler to San Luis, it takes around 30 to 45 minutes drive. Our tour guides give us briefing before we start the trek going to the falls, it will take one hour walking into the river, land and wood bridges before reaching the falls.
The Sun, The Forest and The Greens
Freshly picked coconuts. Oh LIFE!
The river is very clean and locals maintain the spot. Bottled water and food are not allowed in the falls and trekking area but there are food stalls available at the jump off offering fresh coconut juice, grilled corn, barbeques and sodas.
Jump Off to the Mother Falls
The futile land of Aurora is very diverse and have beautiful scenery. It was a breathtaking sight for all of us. The water is crystal clear, cold and refreshing. The entire trek is perspiring and tiring but our eyes were fed by luscious surroundings. Reaching the falls gave us chills because the water.
The trail life
A Man-made Dam to prevent flashflood during the rainy season
The Ditumabo Falls is around 140 feet high. The flowing water gives cold air, refreshing everyone from their sweaty clothes. I did not resist from the cold water, I immediately dive giving icy bites on my skin. We swim for 30 minutes before deciding to go back because it was crowded. People coming from different towns filled the place.
High School Friends Photo Ops in the Water Duct
The Groupie on the Duct, my college friends.
We need to move to give space to other tourist so we went back. It was not easy going back because people are piling up on a line, trails and bridges are built for just one person. We need to take turns which makes trekking back longer. Trekking into the stone river area is not easy, people in different ages need to wait for their turns.
Water Duct from the falls to cascade the water downtown
Little trinkets of water from the mountain
Some people where thrown away by the current of the water and it was not easy task controlling the rapids. When we reach the jump off, all of us are tired and starving.
Mini Dam with my Sister Jec and Future Bro-in-Law Chris
The refreshing water from the Falls with Xy and Bandam (Bonding with great friends)
It’s time for food tripping. I choose to get grilled corn for Php 20.00 / $0.45, coconut for Php 25.00 / $0.57, bottled soda for Php 10.00 / $0.23, barbeque for Php 30.00 / $0.68 and chip for Php 15.00 / $0.33. The good thing visiting here is that price is not that expensive unlike other known tourist destination, so KUDOS to Aurora Tourism.
The Mother Falls of Aurora
Image Sources: Nilo Canlas and Xyrik Manongsong (Approved Photos)
Manlalayag is Seafarer in Filipino. I want to be a pirate who travels to Collect Memories and Steal Happiness from the places I want to go.