It wasn’t hard for my friends to make me say yes to a trip to La Union, because I was thinking of surf and sand. Didn’t expect that there’s a side trip to Tangadan Falls that would involve a mountain trek. I developed a fear of this since I slipped and fell down a mountain in an Ethnographic Research project we had in Botolan, Zambales almost a decade ago. But I conquered this fear when I thought being judged as the killjoy of the group if I do not join was more scary. :p
From San Gabriel Market (15-20minutes away from the surf town of San Juan), we met up our guide Pedro. It’s about an hour long drive to the trek site. The road is narrow and steep. Only one vehicle can effortlessly pass by, so the hugot of the photo below is, “Ang masikip na daan papuntang Tangadan, parang pag-ibig lamang. Kapag hindi nagbigayan, may tiyak na masasaktan.”
Thank you Lord that after the moments of panic and pressing on prayer, we made it safely to the site. We arrived around 11am, definitely not the ideal time, because the heat was close to intolerable. just had to remember na ginusto naman naming na tumuloy ng ganong oras kahit na several hours delayed kami sa original start time. :p
Here’s our group na todo fresh pa. :p (L-R- Gerald, James, ME, Joy, Ruth, Mitch, Red, Biel, Randy)
Wala pang 10 minutes na lakaran at babaan ng bundok portion, gusto ko na mag-give up. I really felt na babagal lang ang grupo because of me, kasi nangangatog talaga legs ko sa takot. Buti na lang sobrang motivating ng mga kasama ko. At buti na lang, sa akin na nila pinadikit ‘yung guide para mas madali ako makababa sa site. Best tip I got was not to step on the dry leaves kasi madulas.
The trek was almost an hour. Thank goodness about 100 meters from the falls, may stairs na! 😀 There’s also a banyo naman, so hindi naman kailangang mag#1 or #2 sa gitna ng gubat at gawing pamunas ang dahon na levels. Hehe.
Because it’s the weekend and kasagsagan ng summer, there were a lot of tourists who went to see Tangadan Falls too. I guess ‘yung iba locals na gusto lang ring mag-relax-relax at magswimming at amgpicnic. Tangadan’s pretty alright, but it’s not the best waterfall I’ve seen (not that I’ve seen many) and the experience there wasn’t that great because it’s hard to appreciate nature when there’s a lot of background noise. What I really appreciated was the trek getting there, because it’s my first time to do something like it. Plus shempre I was with friends. Any adventure is always better with people to talk to and to laugh with. 🙂
I think I spent more time sa cottage eating chichirya and drinking Coke. Coke Mismo costs 20pesos and a small bag of V-Cut costs the same. Hindi naman taga ang presyo, tamang tubo lang. 🙂 I think the cottage rental was 500pesos. Hindi ko maalala kung magkano ang renta sa balsa.
Our trek back was easier for me emotionally (hahaha) but harder for me physically kasi paakyat. Hingal galore and dehydrated to the max ako, but it’s okay kasi at least I wasn’t scared na. Nakaubos yata ako ng dalawang 500ml mineral water (20pesos each) na binebenta doon sa may parking.
wala na kaming group picture after trek, so ‘eto na lang ang selfie ko. Parang bagong ligo, noh? Bagong ligo talaga. sa pawis. Hihihi! May banyo naman sa parking malapit na pwedeng puntahan to freshen up.
Salamat uli sa guide namin na si Raymond Macaraeg aka Pedro na saksakan ng kwela at very good sa customer service. Pedro’s contact numbers are 0995 3992099 and 0946 2222102. Five years na siyang guide papuntang Tangadan Falls at suportahan po natin siya kasi proud siya sa trabaho niya na nakakatulong sa kanyang makapagbigay sa pamilya at maiayos ang sarili rin niyang buhay. mabuti daw na doon siya busy kaysa naman daw magdrugs siya. Odiba? Love it.
There’s another route to Tangadan Falls that’s shorter and involves cliffdiving. Ask Pedro for more details! Btw, the tourguide fee ranges from 70-100pesos/person.
If you plan on commuting to Tangadan Falls, from San Juan, get a San Fernando-San Gabriel jeep. Then from downtown San Gabriel go to Bucao, Duplas. Hire a tricycle to bring you to Duplas which passes through Barangay Bucao and ask the driver to bring you to the drop-off point to Tangadan Falls at Barangay Duplas.
Next stop: San Juan! But before that, look! Galing pala kami ng Jerusalem! :p