Mt. Romelo, Siniloan, Laguna
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One of the hidden beauties of Mt.Romelo in Laguna is the famous Buruwisan Falls. Just to give you an idea, if you'll ask the locals about this mountain, they'll answer you Buruwisan Falls, probably because this is one of the best waterfalls in this mountain.
Yes, there's absolutely a lot of trekking on a muddy and slippery trail involved but it's definitely worth it. The place is crowded during summer as this place is perfect for family outing and overnight camping.
If you want to go on ovenight camping, here's what you need to consider:
- Bring power bank for phones and cameras just in case you run out of batteries.
- Avoid setting up tents near the rocky side of the mountain for safety purposes.
- Be alert! This mountain has so many theft incident reports like laslas tent.
- Insect repellant. No need to bring more water just enough trail water because there's a water source here.
- Leave No Trace- make sure you'll bring garbage bag for the trashes.
- Make sure you'll put your gadgets in a waterproof dry bag.
What I don't like is the trash left by previous campers like bottles of Emperador etc. And the funny thing was.. We saw a used napkin( mukhang madugong akyatan haha)
The first time I went here , t'was an overnight camping..we were really surprised someone was selling Pinipig and we're like what free delivery? expect that the price is a bit expensive.
Oops! Don't attempt to dive or jump, unless you want to commit suicide. As per Kuya Lando, out of 10 who jumps here, nothing survives..Hmmm, I'd probably do "Tarzan moves" this time.
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New Buruwisan Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Mt. Romelo.
It is actually the tourist attraction for all the mountaineers and even non hikers going in the mountain.
There are easy trails for non hikers who just wants to visit the majestic waterfalls and another trail for those who want to have adventure.
The swimming area of New Buruwisan falls is very spacious and wonderful for photo enthusiast.
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A great outdoor adventure!!!
Buruwisan multifalls is located at Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna. You must cross the 4 hills of Mt. Romelo before reaching these beautiful falls. They have tour guides that will take you to the falls for 200 pesos. You will also have to pay 50 pesos as an entrance fee.
You will be asked if you want to take the easy path or the hardcore path. For the easy path or trail, it will take about 4 hours of trek to reach the falls (including stop overs for resting). It would be optional to rent a horse going up and downhill for 300 pesos I think, that's why they called this trail a "daang-kabayo". The hardcore path, otherwise, could only take you about 2 hours of trek (including stop overs for resting). And yes, we took the hardcore path and we didn't hire a tour guide even a horse; so it's just ourselves since 3 out of 6 from the group already knew this place.
Be sure to wear sandals or hiking slippers since most of the paths are totally steep going uphill and downhill or matarik. Sometimes it's even slippery especially when it's wet . You would also need to use your balance especially when going downhill more over if the trails were just soil and no rocks and trees to hold on to. There were also some stores on the hills that were selling bottled water and even buko juice to replenish your tired body.
The last part of the hardcore path is quite a challenging one. You would need to crawl down from a higher part of the hill down to the rocky ground where the falls is, through the help of rocks and tree branches and roots. Imagine a rappeling wall? That's how it looks like with a more elevated structure down to the ground. I think we spent about 2 hours from ground zero up to the Lanzones falls. Even the tour guides we passed by thought we're really fast.
We reached the Buruwisan falls, at last, but the lake and the falls itself was dry maybe due to the humid weather. So we went to the Lanzones falls which was located at the opposite side of the Buruwisan falls. About 10-15 minutes of walk through the steamy and rocky path and we reached the Lanzones falls. This is like our reward from a sweaty and tiring trekking. The water was pure cold and the level of the water wasn't too deep on the surface, about 5feet and 10inches or at least reaching my nose near the waterfalls spot. Sarap talaga!
We spent more hours of bathing in the stream and so we decided to check the other falls called "Batya-batya". The said falls was farther from the other two. You would need to crawl up another obstacles of steepy hills and walked through a high lake just to reach the falls. Imagine tubig baha reaching my stomach? That's how deep it is. The falls was also dry but the enjoyable part of the falls - you can hang ala Tarzan or whatever jungle heroes from the top of the falls using the "baging" or the tree vines down to the deep water. Much deeper than Lanzones falls, about 7 feet and counting.
Overall, it was a hell of an adventure that I can never forget. Definitely, a must-try for those seeking adventures or wants to try hiking.
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