Just outside Ma. Cristina Falls, we found manong Angel, a habal-habal driver who stays beside Agus bridge to wait for travelers who will hire a habal-habal to explore Tinago and Mimbalot Falls. He offerred a total of 250.00 Php, 2-way, for me and my friend. We immediately agreed to his offer since we knew that it was cheaper than what we’ve budgeted.
Before heading towards Tinago Falls, we stopped by lechong baboy (roasted pig) stores in front of Macapagal Mansion to buy 1 kl of lechong baboy and puso (rice wrapped in coconut leaves) for our lunch.
We paid 40 Php for the table and since my friend and I are both non-swimmers, we rented life jackets at 40Php each. Local children acted as our tour guide who accompanied us down to the falls. There is no actual fee for these children but they expect tips from travelers.
Halfway through our trek, we passed by a brightly colored snake tied around its neck with a sack. According the coconut vendor who claimed to have caught it, he saw the snake dangling from a branch of one of the trees around.
Like my first time in Tinago, I forgot my trembling legs upon having the first glimpse of the waterfalls. Living up to its name, it’s like a jewel found amidst a deep forest. The sun’s rays seemed to highlight the beauty on our sight.
It was hard to get a good spot for our lunch since it’s weekend and a lot of travelers are already in the area. Luckily, our guides managed to secure one table with a commanding view of the ethereal falls.
After our hearty lunch, we took a dip in its waters and rented a raft to go nearer. Our guides convinced us to climb the rocks around the falls after assuring us that they will not leave our side. It was a good thing that we agreed because it was a totally different experience when we went out of the raft and swam to the rocks and climb on it. Yes it was difficult, waters are coming from everywhere but the guides stayed true to their word and they literally pointed out where to step in order to have a safe climb.
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