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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cavinti Falls: Trek and Rafting in Pueblo El Salvador Nature's Park and Picnic Grove (Cavinti Laguna)

I'm sure you're familiar with Pagsanjan Falls or Magdapio Falls written in our academic textbooks.  But, little do we know that is also known as Cavinti Falls as it is located in Cavinti Laguna

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Since 2007, the municipal government of Cavinti established the Pueblo El Salvador Nature's Park and Picnic Grove, originally known as Cavinti Eco-Park, in Brgy. Tibatib to offer a much cheaper route by treking, hiking and rappeling to Cavinti Falls for a minimal fee of 270 php/person as opposed to the popular shooting the rapids means.

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Being an adventurer, I was very eager to register and embark on our journey.

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There are several packages available.  You can even include the Cavinti Cave on your package.

Package A - 50 php
  • trekking
  • deck view
Package B - 270 php (our package)
  • trekking and rappelling via metal ladder
  • raft riding
  • entering the main falls
Package C (coming soon) - 1,250 php
  • trekking and rappelling via metal ladder
  • raft riding
  • entering the main falls
  • boat ride exit to Pagsanjan, Laguna (shooting the rapids)
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The pathway is already fully developed and well-maintained so you'll easily find your way through.

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We've been told that the first stair case down to Nakulo Falls.  I wanted to check this out but my companions were too worn out by the time we passed by this again.

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We reached the view deck that has this "El Salvador Del Mundo" statue.

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This is where we geared up.

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We then proceeded to our 589 steps downward.

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I really loved the rappelling part.  The first rappelling is 14 feet or a around 5 seconds to go down to.

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We then continued to the trail which had a bit of a thrill passing through giant trees.

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It was very cool and windy in the middle of the forest so it was quite pleasurable for me.

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The second rappelling part is shorter. 

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We could already see the boats below from here.

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We then had to go down a long and steep staircase but which required safety gears.

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Then, before I knew it, we were finally near.

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There were a lot of tourists flowing from Pagsanjan.

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Together with the other tourists, we all proceeded to Cavinti Falls where we were supplied our life vests. 

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And, we lined up for our turn to raft inside Cavinti Cave.

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It was really cool to see the raft go near the falls.

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And gently fade as it goes inside.  No words can sufficiently depict the sensation we felt as we went near the falls.  It was a surge of cool air and water combined like a whirlwind around us.  Be sure to have waterproof gears as none will be spared from wetness at that point.

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We didn't have the time to change.  We quickly trekked up.  The rappelling parts were a new experience for me since I've never climbed up a ladder so high in the mountains before.  We also encountered a few drizzles.  And, then we all saw a beautiful rainbow at the end of the track which made us all smile. 

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There were huts and tables at the Picnic Grove so we set out our lunch picnic style.  The food was so delicious especially after a 2-hour trek.

Overall, we Travel Tripsters, highly recommends this very affordable adventure in Cavinti Falls.  It is so near Metro Manila that a day-trip is easily manageable. 

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How to go to  Pueblo El Salvador Nature's Park and Picnic Grove:

Public Transport: 
  • Take bus to Sta. Cruz Laguna - ETA 2 1/2 hours
    • Cubao ( (HM Transport): 180 php or 140 php regular
    • Pasay/Buendia/Gil Puyat (Jac Liner, DLTB, Greenstar):  140 php
  • Upon reaching Sta. Cruz Laguna, take jeep to Cavinti: 15 php - ETA 30 minutes
  • Upon reaching Cavinti, take tricycle to Pueblo El Salvador Nature's Park and Picnic Grove, Brgy. Tibatib: 40 php - ETA 30 minutes
Private Vehicle:
  • SLEX: Take the Calamba exit going all the way down to the town of Pagsanjan. Upon reaching the public plaza of Pagsanjan, you either turn right from the municipal hall heading to the municipal proper of Cavinti or turn left taking the Lumban-Caliraya route.
  • Eastern Route (through Antipolo or Tanay, Rizal): Turn right upon reaching Municipality of Mabitac-Famy going to the direction of Pagsanjan, passing through the towns of Siniloan, Paete, and Lumban.  When you reach Brgy. Bagong Silang, Lumban, you either make a u-turn and start ascend going to the direction of Caliraya Lake or go straight to the Pagsanjan Hall and start ascend going to Cavinti Proper.
Things to Bring:
  • Sunblock
  • Comfortable clothes 
  • Rain or Trekking Jacket (it might rain or drizzle) or Windbreaker (against the wind)
  • Swim Wear
  • Waterproof Trekking Footwear
  • Waterproof camera and dry bag
  • Drinking water
  • Towel and change of clothes (the lighter the better)
  • Food (for your picnic after the trek)  
Disclosure:   Our participation is partt of the #CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour, a Tourism Advocacy Campaign to help generate online buzz for the upcoming Cavinti Water Sports Olympics: 1st International Competition happening on February 8-14, 2015.

The #CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour is organized by Herald C. Bebis for the Municipality of Cavinti headed by Hon. Mayor Milbert Oliveros. The event is fully supported by the Municipal Tourism Office, DigitalFilipino, Pelikula Padayon, Caliraya Lake Mountain Resort, Camarin Resort and Lago FishingVillage.
Pueblo El Salvador Nature's Park and Picnic Grove
Address Cavinti, Laguna, Philippines
Budget Per Person 150-800 Pueblo El Salvador Nature's Park and Picnic Grove Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours Monday to Sunday:
(even holidays)
7am-5pm
Reservation Required No (encouraged)
Contact cavintitours@gmail.com