Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Day Trip to Hulugan Falls

It's one of those hurriedly-arranged out-of-town trips which I am truly glad I decided to join.

The muddy, slippery trek was well worth it. The majestic falls, at 70 ft, is indeed awe-inspiring.


What to expect:
1. Prepare to trek for at least 45 minutes. If the trail is muddy due to rains, you'd trek for more than one hour. It will be longer if there's a lot of visitors since there'll be a queue going to the waterfalls.
2. The trail is a combination of cemented road, dirt road, and steep, rocky slopes.
3. Wear proper trekking footwear. I prefer sandals since it will give you a good foothold, especially if the trail is muddy. Don't wear ordinary thong slippers, you'd end up walking barefoot. Don't wear your favorite sneakers. You'll regret it, I tell you. The mud is unforgiving.
4. Grab a walking stick. Ask your guide to provide one. You will definitely need it, especially if the trail is muddy.
5. Bring as little as possible during the trek. You'll need both of your hands to negotiate the steep and muddy terrain. Ask your guide to safekeep your belongings.
6. You may bring food/snacks to the waterfalls area. Just make sure you maintain the cleanliness of the place.
7. Waterproof your gadgets! They will get wet, especially if you go near the waterfalls.
8. There are a lot of food stalls at the jump off area. Don't fret if you didn't have time to prepare or buy food.
9. There are shower stalls and comfort rooms at the jump off point. They charge P15.00 for use of shower. P5.00 for answering the call of nature.
9. Registration fee is P15.00 per head. There is no fixed rate yet for the guide fee. We paid our guide P900 since we made him carry all our things and made one of our friends use his pink boots. There were 7 of us in the group.
10. Since the place is already a popular tourist destination, expect a lot of people during weekends and holidays.



How to go to Hulugan Falls via commute:
1. From Cubao or Buendia, take a bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. (From Buendia, fare is P140.00.) Tell the conductor to drop you off at the terminal for Lucban-bound jeepneys. The terminal is located at Pagsawitan.
2. Ride a jeepney going to San Salvador.  You may also ride Lucban-bound jeepneys since they pass by San Salvador. You may opt to topload if you feel like being more adventurous. Fare is P30.00
3. Ride a tricycle to the Hulugan Falls registration area. Fare is P10.00 each
If you opt to bring a vehicle, you may park it near the registration area.

Side trips:
1. You may trek further to see Aliw Falls if you have time. It's another 45 minutes to 1 hour of trekking. You may opt to camp out in the area.
2. You may also drop by Magdapio Falls in Cavinti (more popularly known as Pagsanjan Falls).

Sending you happy thoughts...

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