Buntot Palos: Hidden Falls of Laguna

Buntot Palos
Buntot Palos

Buntot Palos Falls stirred my interest when images from the Internet revealed a raging 90-foot waterfalls surrounded by rocky cliffs and abundant vegetation. It was a mere 2 hours drive from Manila to the jump-off in Brgy. Balian, Pangil, Laguna and another 2 hours (at most) hike from there. Ideal for a day trip to escape from the city. I learned about it from another blogger/mountaineer, Renante Mina who was eager to hike it. After one week of preparation, Renante and I, along with 22 others traveled to Laguna, to explore this wonder of nature.

Goto Eatery
Goto Eatery

The group met at 4:00AM in EDSA-Shaw Crossing and rented a jeepney to save up on travel time and trouble transferring from one vehicle to another. We arrived in early in Pangil, only to get lost locating the Barangay Hall of Balian. We contacted our guide, Joy (he is a guy) and in a matter of minutes, he arrived in the hall and directed us to the jump-off. We saw an eatery a few meters from the barangay outpost leading to the registration area and decided to take our breakfast before we start our journey.

Gotong Batangas
Gotong Batangas

It was my first time to try Gotong Batangas. What sets congee apart from the other version Filipinos know is that it has no rice. It is more like a soup with beef tripes and innards. Mixed with rice, the soup warmed up our growling stomach and pumped up our adrenalin.

Hikers
Hikers

Our research bared that the trail is easy but just to make sure, we hired three members from the barangay patrol to guide us. It is an steep concrete road from the registration area going to Nissy's Resort. This also signals the start of the trail. The path to Buntot Palos was rather wide and easy since horses and carabaos also pass this route. A smaller trail will shift left from the main trail that leads to the falls.

First Glimpse of Buntot Palos
First Glimpse of Buntot Palos

I can hear the deafening roar of the water as we reach the final approach going to the falls. Finally, a glimpse of Buntot Palos as branches and thick leaves try to hide the magnificent view from us. I stopped to gaze at the overwhelming beauty in front of me.

Buntot Palos
Buntot Palos

Buntot Palos
Buntot Palos before the descend

Buntot Palos
Buntot Palos as seen from the ground

Buntot Palos
Wider view of Buntot Palos

The descend was the hardest part of the trail. It is slippery and one has to hold on to roots to get down. One wrong step and you will roll down to the big rocks below. The view was simply magnificent from where I was standing. The water current breaks down the hard rock beneath and then flows into the catch basin resembling a tail. This waterfalls would be ideal for rappelling.

The pristine and cold water more than made up for the long journey. I settled to take a rest while I prepare my gears. I started to take several images but the water keep spraying droplets into my camera filter even from afar. So much for long exposure shots! The basin is shallow but goes very deep as you approach the solid rock where the water drops from the top of the narrow canyon. Most of us swam in the cold brackish water but no one dared to go as far as beneath the furious waterfalls.

Group Picture
Group Picture

It was a rewarding trip for everybody. There were newbies who wanted to try hiking, some other seasoned mountaineers and some other travel bloggers whom I met for the first time. The area is still untouched and known only to mountaineers. A trip to Buntot Palos Falls is a very rewarding experience for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.

Utazo at Buntot Palos
Utazo at Buntot Palos

The trip will never be complete without Utazo having a picture with the scene on the background.

Mike Laagan at Buntot Palos
Mike Laagan at Buntot Palos

We left in the mid-afternoon and reached Nissy's resort where we washed up before heading back to Manila.

CONCERNS:

The trail is relatively easy but it is recommended to get guides as protection from bandits. They have tanods (barangay peace and security officer) equipped with radio and actively in touch with the barangay hall. It is not advisable to stay here overnight since there is no camp area. The trip from Manila to Pangil is 3 rides and around 3 hours when taking public transport. For a group around 20 to 24 person, renting a jeep will cut down the travel time by one hour and the hassle of having to transfer from one jeepney to another.

EXPENSES:

Jeepney Php 6,000.00 / 24 pax = Php 250.00 / pax
Registration fee = Php 25.00 / pax
Guide 3 x Php 300.00 = Php 37.50 / pax
Wash-up at Nissy's Resort = Php 25.00 / pax

Total Cost = Php 337.50 / pax

ITINERARY:

0330H Assembly at Chowking EDSA Central
0400H ETD Take jeep to Tanay, Rizal
0530H ETA Tanay / take jeep to Siniloan
0700H ETA Siniloan, Laguna, take tricycle to Brgy. Balian Pangil, Laguna
0730H ETA Brgy. Balian Pangil, Registration
0745H Final Preparation, Secure Guide, Breakfast
0830H Start Trek
1030H ETA Buntot Palos
1430H ETD Back to Jumpoff
1600H ETA Nissy's Resort, wash up
1700H ETD Back to Manila
2000H ETA EDSA / Shaw Crossing






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52 comments:

  1. Thank you for the beautiful article!

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  2. ngayon ko lang nabasa to hehehe nice sir ganda ng article and picts, si Utazo parin ang bida hehehe

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    1. salamat sir, marami pa ako need na improvement sa pagsusulat. si utazo naman usually ang may picture sa blog ko, sya kasi ang mascot ko. may kanya-kanya kasi kami mascot pag naakyat

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  3. Ngayon kolang din nabasa.. ayt! na pe pressure ako hah. hihihi! :)

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  4. This is very helpful, saan puede macontact yung guide?

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    1. The name of the guide is JOY. He is a barangay patroller, his number is 09472835415.

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  5. saan po pwede kumontact para sa guide?

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  6. saan po pwede ma contact para sa tour guide?

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    1. The name of the guide is JOY. He is a barangay patroller, his number is 09472835415.

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  7. HI Sir. Need pa po bang schedule pagpupunta dun?

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  8. Hi Sir Need pa po bang mag paschedule sa pagpunta sa falls?

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    1. You may coordinate with JOY. He is a barangay patroller, his number is 09472835415. Much better if you inform him in advance so they designate your guide before you arrive there. The have some sort of system for the guides.

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  9. Nice article. Buntot Palos is a wonderful paradise. Hope to visit that someday :)

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  10. Hi Mike
    We'll be visiting Buntot Palos this Friday, Thanks sa blog!

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    1. enjoy mam, coordinate kay dun kay Joy in advance para mag-designate sila ng guide/tanod ng maaga

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  11. hello, ok lang ba ang magpunta sa buntot palos kahit hindi mountain hiker? mahirap ba ang mga daraanan? Thank you

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    1. Hindi naman po mahirap ang trail, medyo maputik lang pag umuulan.

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  12. Hi ask ko lang kung pede bang puntahan ang buntot palos kahit hindi mountain hikers? Mahirap ba ang mga daraanan? napakganda kasi ng falls n yan.I hope makarating ako someday thank u

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    1. Very easy lang ang hike to Buntot Palos. Karamihan sa kasama namin ay first time hikers.. I hope marating niyo rin eto. Advisable na pumunta ng tag-araw or yung hindi umuulan kasi maputik ang trail.

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  13. Nice article sir! nakakaakit na pumunta. Ask ko lang po pag dating po ba doon may mga pwede ng makausap na tour guide or what ? thanks po!

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    1. meron na po mga guide dun sa barangay yung barangay po kasi ang assign ng sasama sa inyo, kasi rotation po sila and naka-radyo sila para may communication just in case may mangyaring di inaasahan

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  14. Hello Mike
    Is there any nearby hotel or resort where we can stay overnight before the hike if we plan to take that hike to Buntot Palos?

    I will be delighted to hear ur reply

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    1. I am sure about any nearby hotel or resort to stay since this can really be done for a day and the hike is roughly one hour even for beginners.

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  15. Hi Mike,
    Is there any service Jeepney or Van for Rent that you can share the contact number. that who knows how to go Hidden Falls?

    Thanks in advance

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    1. I was trying to contact the driver of the jeep we rented but cannot reach him anymore. May I ask where will you be coming from? If you are coming from the within Metro Manila except for the southern part, you can just ask go the jeep terminal in Crossing, behind Greenfield District. there are jeepneys plying the Tanay, Rzal route, you can haggle a jeepney there all the way to Pangil. When you get to Pangil proper, just ask for directions on how to go to the Barangay Hall of Balian. The barangay will assign guides to you when you get there.

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  16. Thank you Mike will take that

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  17. Great blog! Papunta po kami dyan bukas and sobrang laki tulong ng mga info. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. you are welcome, thanks for dropping by!

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  18. Hello

    I would like to know kung gano kalalmin yung tubig dyan sa buntot palos. I'm planning to there with my friends.

    TY:)

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    1. I honestly have no idea how deep the catch basin is, but what I do know is that it is safe to jump into the water with head first.

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  19. Hi po sir! I would like to ask lang po if there is an alternative bus that I can take if I am from Taft, Manila? Would the buses bound to Sta. Cruz be alright? I really enjoyed this post!

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    1. taking the buses bound for sta cruz is alright

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  20. Sir tanong ko lang po kung pwede mag overnight at kung magkano? Salamat :)

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    1. pwede overnight sir pero hindi sa may falls mismo kasi walang medyo patag na lugar na pwede mag-tent. dun sa bandang ibabaw po sir. pero i do not really recommend mag-overnight unless hapon na kayo dumating dito.

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    2. sir join ako nxt event nyo duon..

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    3. this weekend sir, balik ako, overnight kasama mt romelo

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  21. Sir saan po kaya pwedeng dumaan if we are coming from paranaque ☺ were planning po kasi to go there next week

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  22. Sir saan po kaya pwedeng dumaan if we are coming from paranaque ☺ were planning po kasi to go there next week

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    1. via sta cruz laguna sir para mas malapit na sa inyo

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  23. i like adventures. i been to a lot of beautiful places of the Philippines. iwant to explore more. ask if i can join ur group whereever your destination? thnks

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  24. Sir Mike, what is the best route going to Palos Falls. We are from EDSA Crossing.thanks.

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    1. via Ortigas ave, passing through Pililia Windmills

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  25. sir sino po pwd kontakin sa guide ? thank you :)

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    1. maam, punta lang po kayo sa barangay hall, sila po kasi assign ng guide na barangay security!

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  26. Hi Sir! I would like to ask if kaya ng kids yung trek? TIA.

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    1. there are two trails sir, yung isa ay madali lang, maluwag and malilim. eto yung dumadaan sa outpost ng barangay. eto po sabihin nyo sa guide. yung isang trail po kasi ay sa ecopark ang daan. medyo matarik at masikip yung saan.

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  27. good day sir, this sat po, sched namin pumunta sa buntot palos, 8pm po kasi aalis ng sat, meron po bang malapit na camp site na pwede pong puntahan, kasi po for sure 12mn na kami makakadating

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