Ditumabo Mother Falls

Ditumabo, San Luis, Aurora

Ditumabo Mother Falls
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Mk A.
5.0 Stars

Ice cold water falls. It's a 45 minutes to 1hr trekking and it's worth it.

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Rencel D.
5.0 Stars

Trekking? Not my type. Never.

Such a fool to reach Mother Falls without even knowing I was already trekking 128517 but heyyy, nakaka-proud lang because if you know me by heart, you'd actually congratulate me for reaching Mother Falls with minimal complains. Or maybe I was just too excited for this Baler trip 128513

There were too many people and I guess it made the experience a little bit fun. Yung tipong nahihirapan na kayo umakyat or tumawid pero nagtatawanan pa kayo kahit di kayo magkakakilala 128514

Ang saya lang sa feeling makita yung price ng pag-trek mo for more than an hour (plus another cos balikan). SOBRANG GANDA NI MOTHER FALLS!! Sobrang lamig ng tubig pero it won't make you chill while indulging yourself in the water.. Ahhhh 128166128153

We stayed there for almost an hour I think. While going back, someone commented, "sana may zip line na lang pabalik. Nakakapagod." =)))) 128527

But it was all worth it!!!! 128524128153

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Veronica A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Peach L.
4.0 Stars

If not for the recent storm that affected this tourist spot, I would've given this a 5.

BUT. The boulders that almost occupied the pool of water below the mother falls made me take out 1 point just because there were a few times that my ankle almost got sprained. 128529

I'm sad that I wasn't able to see Ditumabo's original beauty, but it is still a sight to behold. 128522

We decided to schedule our trek to the falls on the morning of Easter Sunday so we won't encounter a large crowd only to find out that a lot of people probably thought of the same thing. 128539

After having breakfast at Bay-Ler Inn, we drove towards the place... with the help of Waze and a couple of stop-overs to ask for directions. 128513 The rough road going there made our drive a lil bit slow. We saw a number of small parking areas but since our companion already knew where we're going, we went straight up.

The road ends where the the large stream begins.

At the foot of the mountain is where the largest parking lot is located, there's a rough signage indicating the parking rates which ranges from 10-30 depending on the size of your vehicle. I forget to ask the rate if you ride a kalabaw. *toogoodoogsh!*128539 Then as you walk towards the small bridge made of coconut trunks which will bring you to the other side, a few kubos will greet you. The huts have products you'd most probably be needing before and during your trek. I bought a couple of bottles of water thinking that I won't have a chance to get a drink when we start walking... but I was wrong.

If you feel the need to do the number one or two, there's a public restroom in the area... so I would advice that before you get too excited and prance towards the bridge and up the mountains, do your business there first. 128522

I also noticed that there are some stores that are selling pairs of rubber slippers. It's a good thing we're wearing our trusty ol' Tribu sandals (ehem plugging) that we also used when we went to Sagada, otherwise, I would've worn the neon-too-painful-to-the-eyes slippers. 128513

The bridge was slightly rickety so I had to walk slowly while gauging the depth of the stream. Lol.

The road towards the Mama falls is not paved... it's soil, rocks, and clay. Dry, though... with a few puddles. 128513 The first few minutes we were walking uphill, I was reminded of how much I am missing Sagada and so the little trek towards the falls was actually sort of a trip down memory lane. Once in a while, I stopped and looked at a spider and picked a wriggly worm or a bug. The probinshana in me was in full swing! 128522

During the length of the trek, there were about a couple or more streams that we had to cross either using the makeshift bridges or in my case, since I was impatient in waiting for the people to cross the bridge faster, I found other ways to get to where I wanted to go (e.g. climbing the boulders or crossing the stream). Middle of the trek, there's a long hose connected to the water from the mountains which you can use for drinking or washing. I used it both for drinking and drenching my head because it was hot. The water's ice-cold and extremely refreshing. 128522

Somewhere during the walk-slash-climb-slash-hike, I saw a baby falls and a stream with a decent pool of water and I couldn't resist the urge to swim. So I asked my companions that I'll just take a quick dip and then we'll continue walking. Besides, I was already sweating and I needed to feel rejuvenated. Turned out, a quick dip is all I really needed because the water was freezing cold. Lol!

When we reached our destination, I was surprised to see a large number of people, majority of which, standing on boulders facing the waterfalls and enjoying the cold mist that's coming from the falling water. Some were standing beside the raging water doing dives or jumps. The falls was a lil hidden from sight but once you go up towards it, you will see it in all its glory. It's protected by the mountains and the trees and the whole place is a breath of fresh air.

There's really nothing much to do here except to take a photo or two, or have a quick dip, or if you're braver than me, take a swim or do a few belly flops on the side of the falls. 128513 Most tourists were just sitting or standing on the boulders with their mouths left agape in pure amazement. 128514

As for me, I tried to swim only to find out that it's much colder there than in the small pool that I dipped into earlier. My friend told me that this place used to be more beautiful. It had a bigger pool of water and less rocky area but since the storm, the boulders ate most of the area and claimed it as their own. Too bad. Although I think the rocks brought a lil more character to it. You just have to be very careful in walking on those, though. Otherwise, you'll end up with bukels. 128513

We spent about an hour there which was just fair since we walked about an hour or so, too. And since it's already lunchtime, we stopped at the middle of the trek where the carinderias were waiting. Most of them were only selling merienda like suman, grilled hotdog, kakanin, palitaw, grilled corn, etc. I was amused to see a shawarma shop there so naturally, I bought a jumbo shawarma for myself. Lol. The serving was generous for P70. And the taste was satisfactory. And since walking took most of my energy, I also ate hotdog with kanin, and one palitaw. Ok, I was just making an excuse to eat. 128513

Going down was a lil easier than going up but you have to be doubly careful because there are areas that are slippery. It's really a must for you to wear an appropriate footwear. Other than that, it's an easy climb. Just don't bring too much stuff, make sure your hands are free to hold the branches and cracks on rocks when climbing. We were with kids and they were able to endure it. 128522

There's an environmental fee, by the way. So I guess it's safe to say that Php200 per person is enough. That already includes your food unless you plan to eat everything in sight. 128513

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Mica C.
5.0 Stars

I was here way back in 2014. Against the tricycles advice, we trekked starting from the dirt road. What an experience! It was a 1 1/2 hour hike to reach Mother Falls but it was worth it! I enjoyed the fresh buco chopped in front of us which was situated at the middle of the road. My tip is to bring slippers with straps because of the strong current. We started our hike at 4 pm, best to do it much earlier to avoid nighttime while trekking down. Wear a wet suit so you won't have to change when you are at the foot of the falls.

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Patrick V.
4.0 Stars

I first visited Mother Falls way back August 2013 and recently came back to see if the place has changed. The trail seemed harder and longer than before. The place was super crowded unlike before where you would just share the place with 5 or 6 other people.

Also,there were food stores on the first part of the trek. Okay so I had to try everything - Kamote-cue, Siomai, Grilled corn, Palitaw, Kwek-kwek, and also lugaw! (They have unli-lugaw!)

I still enjoyed the long, rocky trek and the cold waters. (Now Playing: Let It Go from Frozen) ... The cold never bothered me anyway! 10052

This place is definitely worth breaking your flip-flops for! Hahaha!

PS: Don't forget to bring drybags as your things will definitely get wet once you come closer. 128522

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Zia M.
4.0 Stars

My box-mates and I decided to have a quick getaway and enjoy the holiday in Baler.

And since I've been here before, I was the one who did our itinerary. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon, due to remarkable and terrifying ride going to Baler.

We trek the Mother Falls on our last day because we are dead tired from the trip.

We hired 2 tour guides, because we are a big group (14 pax) and we have 2 kids. They said that we were lucky the Falls on that day were open because before it was not due to the weather.

While we were trekking, I realized that this wasn't the type of trail we have trekked before. It was harder, and the current of the water is so high, you'll literally need a rope and assistance to transfer from on end to another.

Upon reaching the Mother Falls, I felt so shocked but still amazed by the view. It was devastated. There were logs and stones and the thing that's blocking the water current were also destroyed by the typhoon Lando. 128546

The water falls is so strong, no one can even get near it! It was like meeting Storm Signal #4! 128563

But, there was this tree log that was so perfect for the shot of anyone who'll go up there. It was still picturesque. 10084

Wishing that people in Baler can redeem their status after the storm Lando.

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Roegan T.
4.0 Stars

Went with the crew here the other weekend. We were supposed to surf first but we all woke up a bit late. So we decided to check out Mother Falls (also known as Ditumabo Falls) instead. 9748

It's a 30-minute trek to the falls that involves a couple of river crossing. I almost lost one of my slippers because of the strong current. But good thing Kuya Ding and co. were there and went after it. I highly suggest wearing trekking/hiking sandals (the one with straps).

The trek is easy as it only involves stepping on a couple of mid-sized rocks and clay. It was also fun crossing the sturdy bamboo bridges! We were trekking with a lot of other people that morning -- an indication that this is truly a very popular destination for both locals and tourists. 127939127939🏻127939🏽

Kuya Ding told us that the reason why it was called Mother Falls is because it's the largest waterfalls in Aurora. Along the way, we saw smaller streams and falls which are IG worthy as well. 128516

When we got to Mother Falls, we all dropped our things and started taking photos. We found the medium-sized stones helpful as we sat on them to rest and take photos. The water was freakin' cold! We stayed near the catch basin area and was overwhelmed by the strong current. It was fun though because we couldn't take a decent photo in the water. 128514

It was a really great trip! Get in touch with Kuya Ding at +639393607555 if you want a ride and tour guide. He charged us Php500 per tricycle (we got 2 tricycles) for Mother Falls and Millennium Tree. It sucks though since we weren't able to check out the famous tree. Hopefully next time when we come back. 128521

❗️Important tips/notes:

☑️ Wear hiking sandals! Or you can just remove your slippers when you cross rivers.

☑️ There are stores along the way for snacks, bottled water, soft drinks, etc.

☑️ Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

☑️ Prepare Php50 entrance fee going to the falls.
The tricycle ride lasts for about 30 minutes from the town proper of Baler.

☑️ They're starting to put concrete on the trail so probably next year, it will become more accessible for smaller cars. -- which is kind of sad since it ruins the natural vibe of the place.

Overall, make time for Mother Falls when you're in Aurora. :) Definitely worth the trek + trike ride! 128076🏼

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Marjorie G.
4.0 Stars

On our second day in Baler, our first destination is the elusive Ditumabo Falls where you can find the Mini-Hydro Power Plant of San Luis, Aurora. Did I say that climbing the PAGASA station is a challenge straight out from Survivor? Forget that! Getting to Ditumabo is the real deal. It involves a pound of patience, great balancing skills, ultimate caution, a ton of determination, and a never-say-die attitude.

Our trike drivers had to brave this very rocky and muddy trail to get us to the drop off point, all the while trying to put up with all those horrendous screaming that we did (in a quality that made us sound like some pigs were being butchered) as we went over bumps along the way.

When we finally reached a clearing, we got all excited to see a river and this mini falls. We soon learned it was just a prelude. We later found out that we had to cross not one, not two, not even three, but four goddamn rivers!

The first challenge is the water current; it is too strong, the kind that says, if you fall and get drifted away, you would be leaving Baler in a casket. Then there were the rocks of different shapes and sizes so you need to practice extreme caution when crossing. There was a moment when I stepped on this one rock that was too slippery I lost my footing. Before I knew it, poof, I fell right on my ass. That hurt!

If we were not risking breaking our necks crossing those streams we were walking; walking in a forever kind of way. It didn’t help that the pathways were rugged, muddy, and narrow.

I’m not good at measuring road length so I’m not giving you that. Let’s just say that it took us about two to three hours, some bruise and scratches, and in my case a painful hip and ass to get to the damn falls. After what seemed like an eternity we reached the last stop and saw the amazing Ditumabo Falls. The mist from the falls was coming too strong that we weren’t able to come up with a clear picture.

I gotta give it to our trike drivers/tourist guides. Thanks to them we were able to get out of the place alive. They braved those rivers like they were walking in the park. While we were whimpering like total losers and trying to keep ourselves from falling, these two were doing it like a boss, damn they must be ninjas!

We found that going back was a little easier. We stopped in one of those rivers and took a dip. Dip because swimming is virtually impossible with the strength of the current. But it was so nice, the water was cool, the view was great, I loved it!

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Zia M.
4.0 Stars

You see all those people down there? You might think that there's a freaking classroom study or whatnot due to the overpopulated area during that time. 128547

We went here during the morning on a Sunday. So I suggest go here during weekdays to avoid heavy traffic of people. Again, there are too many people who arrived at the same time, we all looked like there's an apocalypse coming from the city!

Upon arriving the area, you can park your car before the 10-minute trek entrance gate. Then pay for the corresponding fee, and trek for additional 45-minutes more. The trekking is fun, suggested for all ages, because I can even see oldies in their swimwear attire joining us during the trek.

And then, the moment of truth will happen once you dip yourself in the SUPER DUPER REALLY REALLY FREAKING cold water! 128518 I tell you, if you're cold blooded human like me, you'll def like it! (Minus the people, of course) And as you go near the falls, the colder it gets. *chills*

This place could have been better if only they manage the people who arrive the area. Although I must say that I haven't seen any trash during out trek and in the falls too, but the carrying capacity of the falls should be observed.

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Dominic D.
5.0 Stars

Or what I personally call the Mother Effin Falls.

And I mean it in a good way.
Lucky enough to have visited it in two different seasons: March and November; though one thing is common in both visits, the sheer coldness and volume of water is mindboggling.

Which is quite nice after a 30 or so minute trek through bamboo bridges and rocky terrain through the river.

Hope this place issues a quota or batching system sometime soon as its getting pretty developed - concrete roads going to the parking area.

A nice reprieve to the bum and tricycle-breaking offroad trip getting to the area.

Whether they do issue a systematic way of handling the crowds or not:
Remember to just be early or late for the mother effin journey and you'll be just fine.

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Mon V.
5.0 Stars

If you want to have one of the best nature trip, go here and you will not be dissapointed128077. The water is very cold (but bearable) and the location is just perfect. You only need to shell out 30 pesos for environmental fee and you can stay here all day, there are a lot of small eateries so its guaranteed you won't get hungry.

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Chrislyn F.
5.0 Stars

The ride going to this falls was not easy. The road was rough and unpaved, with small boulders seemingly strewn over it, testing the suspension system of the tricycle cab that I hired.

Much of the four-kilometer trip was also uphill, making the engines cry out as our drivers, tatay Romeo struggled to stabilize the vehicle as we trudge along.

Taking pictures while crossing the stream was a bit tricky. I was worried about splashing water on my phone, which was precariously slung on my shoulders as I gingerly maneuvered between slippery rocks.

Now sweating because of the long "thirty-minute" hike, I didn't waste time before dipping into the ice-cold water beneath the falls, swimming and frolicking likes a duck on a pond. I tried swimming all the way to the base of the falls but the dropping water was too strong.

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Sas R.
5.0 Stars

Worth the 30 minute hike. It was a bit far from Baler around 40minutes by tricycle but it was worth it. One of the best falls that i've seen.

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Kin B.
5.0 Stars

Unwind 128151

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Abby C.
5.0 Stars

Our 1hr trek going here is very worth it. The path was very rocky with flowing water. When we arrived, there were a lot of people. The water from the falls was ice-cold. Also, the pressure from the falls was very strong that I can't even take a picture of my friends with the falls in the background. I can't open my eyes 128584 All our photos from the falls were either blurred or covered with water droplets haha...

while trekking back to our parking area, my slippers got stuck between two rocks. When I tried to pull it, the current of the water got my slippers huhu goodbye slippers. Now I had to walk for 30 mins with only one slipper and take note, the path was very rocky :))) good thing there are stores near the end of trek which sell slippers 128077128077128077

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Jaypee D.
5.0 Stars

Our reward after almost an hour of rocky and slippery trek. Now I know why they call it the Mother Falls. Enchanting. Breathtaking.

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Lorraine G.
5.0 Stars

The "buwis buhay" trekking is all worth it, when you get to see the Mother Falls - it is priceless! 128076

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Paula P.
5.0 Stars

If I'm going to count how my times I've said the words "ay p*ta, aray, sh*t, help!", baka abutin ako ng bukas. Hahaha! Imagine how scared I was when I found out that we're going to trek for 45-1hr. Sabi nung guide, "1.8kms lang po mam". Oh, okay lapit lang pala. Pag kakita ko palang nung first stream na dadaanan, muntik na ko mag back out. Sabi nung guide isa lang daw dadaanan, liar! 4 kaya! Hahahaha. May tawiran portion din sa tulay na feeling ko bibigay sa akin. Good thing I'm wearing my training shoes, kung hinde, goodbye toenails na ako. They advise people na magtsinelas, pero mas okay kung close shoes IMO.

...but, all of my misery was gone after I saw the Mother of all Falls! You'll see her babies while trekking, but this one was huge. The water is so clear. Really worth all the sweat! May Father Falls pa pala, jinoke ko pa kung nasaan, yun pala meron talaga. Aabutin daw ng kalahating araw para makapunta dun. 128561

Never miss this when you visit Baler. Just wear comfortable clothes and shoes (yung tipong ok lang sayo kahit mabasa at masira).

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars

Because of the long weekend the place was full. I suggest they start prohibiting AUV from entering the trekking area to prevent traffic.
For the falls it was beautiful and the water was cold. The view was relaxing and worth the trek.

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