Tinago Falls, seen on travel shows, net and pictures has long captivated my heart. The realization of a long time dream spurted when I first met Lai of pinaytravelista.com, a blogger from Iligan City who happened to visit Bukidnon for Kaamulan Festival.
After a stressful 3-day workshop in CDO, I decided to finally get refreshed in one of Iligan’s numerous waterfalls.
The trip was my first solo to Iligan. Despite a very detailed instruction, I still got lost which I usually do.
A little community has benefited from the tourism activity in the area. They provide snacks and refreshments to the visitors.
A little trail measuring hundreds of meters leads to the falls.
Getting closer to the falls excited me more and more. And at last, the wonderful falls unleashed its full glory right before my eyes.
I pulled my foot up with red droplets. I got a long, deep cut and little bruises. Blood was dripping. The wonderful view kept me calm then. It was worth bloodshed, anyway (haha!).
With Lai’s first aid, the bleeding was stopped through painful cleansing and compression (with curious audience), I was back on my purpose. I explored the area, taking pictures.
The child in me was so envious of the little kids climbing up a tall swaying tree.
When I was supposed to go home, the enticing water held me back. I couldn’t resist plunging in its refreshing embrace.
Feeling the cascades right on my skin was a totally awesome feeling! So relaxing; stress washed away.
It seemed so soon but it was getting late so I had to end that bit of heaven.
When everything went right, we slowly headed back to the entrance and sufficed our stomachs with camote and buko juice.
Unmindful of my wet shorts and underpants, we took a habal-habal back to Buru-un proper, took a late lunch, headed back to the city and parted ways.
It was 3:30pm when I departed Iligan. I traveled back home to Bukidnon for 7 hours with a throbbing pain. The long trip was really worth the fun I experienced in Tinago Falls, an experience even worth a bloodshed (hehehe!).
Thanks to Lai of pinaytravelista.com for being my companion, guide, first-aider and photographer.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From CDO, proceed to Bulua WestboundTerminal. Take a bus bound for Iligan (*P85.00). Travel time takes around 2 hours. From the terminal, take a jeepney to the city proper (*P8.00). Then take another jeepney ride to Brgy. Buru-un (*P15.00). Drop off at public market. Take a habal-habal to the entrance of Tinago Falls (*P25.00 each minimum of 2).*Fare rates as of 2013.