Date of latest trip: February 13, 2016
Date of latest trip: February 13, 2016

As summer approaches, most of us will be looking for various ways of how to cool down. For some, the most effective way to escape the heat is to travel to cold places, such as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City, or the very famous place where broken hearts go, Sagada. (READ: Sagada, Mountain Province: A Traveler’s Haven). However, not everyone could afford to travel to these places, either because of the cost that they could incur or the time needed for the travel. Therefore, the best alternative for people within Metro Manila would be to travel to nearby provinces such as Laguna, which is home to more than 30 captivating waterfalls, including the enchanting Taytay Falls.

Taytay Falls is located in Barangay Taytay in Majayjay, Laguna, and part of the Mounts Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape. Among the locals, it is also known as Imelda Falls, named after first lady Imelda Marcos. The waterfalls is also known by some visitors as Majayjay Falls because of the municipality where it is located. The waterfalls is revered as a tourist attraction in the province because of its crystal clear and icy cold water originating from the majestic Mt. Banahaw. Furthermore, the water flowing from the waterfalls to Dalitiwan River is utilized by the residents of Barangay Taytay, as well as its neighboring barangays (Gigantone, Rizal and Burgos), as a source of domestic and irrigation water.

Throughout our numerous visits in the area, I was able to appreciate the majesty and beauty of Taytay Falls. Even during summer days, the waterfalls never failed to provide us with relief because of its ice-cold water. The vegetation in the area is still intact in spite of its development for ecotourism, and as well as the creation of water diversions for irrigation purposes. During our last visit, numerous improvements were done to further develop the ecotourism services of the natural park where the waterfalls is located. With the combined efforts of the local government of Majayjay, the Protected Area Management Board of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR PAMB), the local residents, and visitors, we will be able to ensure that this natural landscape will be conserved and protected.

When we left, we took nothing but pictures, we left nothing but memories.

Additional Notes:

  • Overnight camping is allowed in the area.
  • Since it is already an established ecotourism destination, you really don’t have to worry about the availability of food. There are numerous food stalls near the entrance of the ecopark.
  • Last trip of jeepney from Barangay Taytay to Sta Cruz jeepney terminal in Majayjay Poblacion is 4:30 pm, but you have to be at the jeepney terminal by 4pm to ensure a seat.
  • 6pm is the last trip of jeepney bound for Sta Cruz, but in case you were not able to catch it, you may take a tricycle all the way to Sta Cruz, or may opt to stay in Taytay. Lodging houses are now available for visitors.
  • Rules and regulations are posted within the ecopark, pls be guided accordingly.
  • Since Majayjay Falls is near to Liliw, you may want to go there and buy tsinelas as pasalubong for your family and friends. (READ: Liliw, Laguna: More than a Tsinelas Capital)
  • Always be reminded of a simple rule: garbage in, garbage out. Help in protecting and conserving our environment.

Acknowledgements:

I would like to send my sincerest gratitude to the people who were with me during this trip.

My Majayjay chasing waterfalls buddies
My Majayjay chasing waterfalls buddies

 

Travel Guide    
Route Mode of Transportation Estimated Travel Time
DLTB/HM Bus Terminal (Cubao) to Sta Cruz, Laguna (Pagsawitan*) Bus (Sta Cruz Bound)* 3 hours
Pagsawitan to Majayjay (Poblacion) Jeep (Majayjay Bound) 45 minutes
Poblacion to Taytay (Barangay Hall/ Registration Area) Jeep (Taytay Bound)/ Tricycle 15 minutes
Barangay Hall to Taytay Falls Foot 20 minutes
*Near 7/11    

 

Estimated Budget (in Pesos)  
Transportation (one-way)  
Cubao to Sta Cruz, Laguna (Pagsawitan*) 149
Pagsawitan to Majayjay (Poblacion) 35
Poblacion to Taytay (Jeep)* 17
   
Registration Fee 20
   
Food 100
   
Tent Rental  
Small tent (good for 1-4 persons) 250
Big tent (good for 5-9 persons) 350
*tricycle ride is Php 200 per ride  

 

Here are some photos during our Taytay Adventure:

taking our first few steps at the entrance of the ecopark
taking our first few steps at the entrance of the ecopark
the narrow pathway and the clear water going to the wwaterfalls
the narrow pathway and the clear water going to the waterfalls
a clearer view of the path and the water way
a clearer view of the path and the water way
my friends as we walk along the trail
my friends as we walk along the trail
walking along the vegetated trail of the ecopark
walking along the vegetated trail of the ecopark
the natural "love" swing
the natural “love” swing
the hanging bridge inside the eco park
the hanging bridge inside the eco park
captivated by the river
captivated by the river
taking a love shot
taking a love shot
colorful tents pitched within the ecopark
colorful tents pitched within the ecopark
vegetable vendor
vegetable vendor
souvenir and food stalls
souvenir and food stalls

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