I quickly consulted the internet to see how it looks (Buntot Palos isn't really known widely, unlike its neighbor waterfall in Pagsanjan). Then wow, the tall waterfall, which happens to be a namesake of a slimy fish, easily captivated my eager spirit. Its stunning beauty called us, made us want to actually see it right before our eyes. Another awesome adventure with the Tramping Philippines is on the way.
Sunday - May 19, 2013
Located in the eastern part of Laguna Province, specifically in the town of Pangil, Buntot Palos is just a few hours drive (3 hrs at most) either via Manila East Road thru Rizal Province or via SLEX thru Calamba-Los Baños-Sta. Cruz. But as for us, we drove via SLEX, then through Calamba, Los Baños and Sta. Cruz until we reached the jump-off in Brgy. Balian, Pangil, Laguna at around 8AM.
|8AM at the jump-off to the waterfalls.|
We started off at 08:30 AM on an uphill concrete road which reminded me the beginning of Mt. Sembrano. But beyond that road, the hike just went easy on a trail that's wide and a bit muddy. Locals use the path everyday so you would constantly meet them along the way. For a seasoned mountaineer, trekking up to the falls could take less than an hour. But on a relaxed pace, 2 hours should be enough.
|trek was mostly on a wide gradual trail|
|easy trek, hassle-free|
|right before we take the final descent to where the dramatic cascade of water happens, a wide campsite will be encountered.|
|first glance at the waterfalls|
|prepping to swim|
|while others were already having a good time under the falls,|
|Agnes and I had a hard time trekking on the side. It really pains to be a non swimmer|
|nonetheless, we managed to arrive where the action is taking place|
|big chunks of edgy slippery rocks right under the falls|
|Buntot Palos from a different angle|
|yours truly at Buntot Palos|
We left the area at 1PM, trekked back down and freshened up at the resort. After that, at 2:30 I think, we drove again our way back to Manila, but this time via Rizal province (we went around Laguna lake). Another awesome day in this yet another beautiful waterfall.