Pasadena, El Nido, Palawan
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It’s an hour ride to get to Pasadena Village. We stopped on the side of the road and walked toward this house where we’re supposed to pay a registration fee of PHP 200 (USD 3.95) per head. I was shocked by the rate because I’ve scaled mountains and paid only 100 bucks for the guide. I didn’t want to think about my friends’ opinion anymore, I was busy dealing with my own shock. I tried to convince myself that maybe the price is worth it and thought that maybe, this is the only means of living of the residents in the area. What is 200 pesos, I could easily earn it back.
It would take us another one hour to trek the path to Nagkalit-Kalit Falls. We crossed a total of 10 rivers, and walked for 4 kilometers of rocky, wet trail. Compared with all the mountain hiking that I did, this trek was a walk in the park. I found the task fairly easy, in a sense that I didn’t have to catch my breath the entire time (I think months of working out prior to this trip has paid off!). It was not the same case with one of my friends, she was huffing and puffing, kept slipping on the floor, and almost gave up. At one point she even suggested we go our merry way and said that she’d wait for us to return. The tour guide wouldn’t hear any of it, neither did we. There is no way we would leave her there; if we had to stop then we would, but nobody should be left behind. So whenever it got too tough for her, we would take a short rest. To be honest, I liked the downtime because we had the chance to appreciate our surrounding. When the pace is too fast, you don’t really have time to stop and appreciate nature because your mind is focused on the finish line.
The waterfall itself is not as tall as the ones I’d seen before, only 10 kilometers high and the basin on its foot is also small. But the best thing about it is, there are no other tourists to deal with. There are only 3 other people enjoying when we got there and when they left we had Nagkalit-kalit Falls all to ourselves.
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Last day at El Nido. I made last minute plans to explore the island. Apparently there are more places to discover around El Nido sans boat ride. We hired a trike to drive us around. Off we go to Nagkalit-kalit Falls.
Regular fee for the inland tour is php 1500, don't haggle. The inland tours are the primary source of income of the trike drivers. As per my experience, they are known for their honesty and doesn't rip off visitors of the island.
45 minute travel time to reach the drop off point. Pay 150 / pax for the guide and prepare yourself for a 30 minute hike. The hike was not as easy as i thought it would be. Rain is a factor, this made the ground slippery. Navigating through muddy, slippery and uneven surfaces aint that fun, especially if you have old woman joints like me. I kept on asking our guide "Kuya, malayo pa ba?" i think i asked him that 5x.
My annoyance and inferiority complex about being out of shape diminished when we reached Nagkalit-kalit. Man, it's majestic. The water is cool and clear. Rock enthusiasts will have a field day with the sedimentary rocks around. The natural edifice is surrounded by lush flaura and fauna. The sound of the water is calming. We stayed for about 15 minutes as it's already late in the afternoon (not fun to hike back to ze main road at night). Albeit the short period of time spent, we had fun. We soaked ourselves in the cool water while admiring nature's handiwork.
The trek back is not as hard, my vintage flip flops didn't fail me. I felt a sense of pride for completing the hike without any mishap. We were tired after but every slip and tumble is worth it. A glimpse of magnificence is always worth it.
Till we meet again, Nagkalit-kalit Falls.
P. S. Kuya Jimwell was with us during the hike. He wanted to ensure we were safe.
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