Hiking 101: Buntot Palos Falls, Pangil, Laguna

What’s the best way to jumpstart your new year’s resolution of trying new things? Go hiking.

For someone who lives a sedentary lifestyle and has been in an on-and-off relationship with workouts and similar activities, even a beginner’s hike can seem like a 9/9 difficulty level already. But since the enthusiasm is there, my friends and I went to Pangil, Laguna to get our adrenaline fix.


Getting there

We boarded a bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna around 4 or 5am and got off at the end terminal. The long bus ride, estimated 2-3 hour trip via SLEX, made us hungry. We were blessed enough to have been dropped off right in front of a small carinderia where we decided to have breakfast. From there, we took a jeepney hoping to reach either the eco park or Brgy. Balian Outpost. Based on online sources, we should have taken a jeepney bound to Siniloan and get off at Brgy. Balian Outpost. However, we were quite unsure if we’ve taken the right jeepney and started asking the passengers how to get to our destination. They told us to get down at the tricycle station and take a trike going to the outpost. And so we did. Maraming salamat po! 🙂


Registration

All visitors are required to register and hire a guide. We were a group of 6 people during that time and we paid Php 125.00 each. It was already around 9am when we got to the outpost and prepared for our trek. 



Adventure time


Only 2 out of the 6 people in our group has hiked more than once. This trip is personally my 2nd hike, as my first one was at Mt. Banahaw during our senior field trip in high school. Based on the blogs that I’ve read prior to this trip, depending on the climber’s pace, you may reach the falls between 1.5 – 2 hours max. However, none of us girls had any kind of preparation, not even a short jog prior to this trip which resulted to a LOT of take 5’s and near-breakdown scenes. Lol. Kidding. We were just not fit enough to have a faster pace.


There are 5 stations on the way to the falls. My favorite out of the 5 is the 3rd station where you can buy newly harvested coconuts which would definitely quench your thirst and hunger.


As we get nearer to our destination, the trail got more challenging. Some parts, even though it was scorching hot, were muddy and slippery.


Just as some of us were about to give up on life, there it is, finally, in front of us; the majestic Buntot Palos falls. The view was truly rewarding.


A few more ascends and descends were made before we finally stood in front of the falls. The 3-hour trek was all worth it.


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We settled down, had lunch, relaxed and enjoyed the scenery around us. The boys went swimming while us girls were struggling as the waters were ice cold. We spent around two hours in the area before we started trekking back down to the outpost.


Going down was much harder than going up the trail. It was probably due to our exhaustion plus the heat of the sun. Two of my friends opted to hire ponies to bring them down to the outpost. I personally struggled stepping down the trail as I didn’t have my glasses on and I’m having difficulty identifying the level of the ground to step on. It took us another three hours to get down, yet conquering the trekking experience was all worth it and definitely something to be proud of.

Our guide led us to the Barangay Hall where the bathrooms are located so we can take a bath and prepare to go home.


Budget

You’d probably notice that most, if not all, blogs, articles and write ups would indicate that Buntot Palos day hike is one of the cheapest hikes you can have. It’s true as we only spent less than a thousand for this trip, all-in, including an early dinner at Jollibee. 🙂


Notes:

  • For ladies who are first timers/ beginners, I’d recommend to wear leggings and comfy shirts.
  • Wear trekking shoes (if you have) or old sneakers/ rubber shoes that are slip-proof and can be dirty.
  • You may bring slippers or aqua shoes as the pool (I don’t know what’s it called) is rocky.
  • Bring trail food such as cookies, chocolates, and anything that can boost your energy.
  • Don’t forget your water.
  • Have a small first aid kit for emergency purposes.
  • Be a responsible traveler. Clean as you go.

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