Our Trip to Taytay Falls of Majayjay, Laguna
My family went to Taytay Falls, Majayjay, Laguna last June 14. We were staying in Sta. Cruz for the weekend so it was the perfect time for us to see the falls. My husband had already been to the place several years ago, and he mentioned that the place is quite a beauty.
From Sta. Cruz, we took a jeepney ride to Majayjay, and from there, another jeepney ride again going to Taytay Falls. The route to the falls is an uphill climb and I found myself praying that we reach our destination without getting into an accident. Sorry, paranoid lang! Ayoko malaglag sa bangin! So our total travel time was about 2 hours, including the waiting time for jeepneys.
Tips for first-timers:
- Taytay Falls is about 2 storeys high
- The place is serene, but a little crowded
- PhP 1,000 is more than enough budget per person
- Entrance fee is PhP 20; Camping tent rental fee is PhP 200
- No cell phone coverage in the area (this means more time appreciating Mother Nature’s gifts!)
- Wear rubber slippers. Well for me, it would be safer if you wear water shoes, especially for the kids.
- Bring waterproof cases for your gadgets.
- Water is icy cold. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, LOL.
- Kids’ supervision is a must. Let them wear non-slip water shoes and don’t let them out of your sight.
- Bring trash bags for your garbages. Please.
- The comfort rooms are filthy. Ugh.
- Never leave your valuables unattended.
We were dropped at the Barangay Hall. The entrance fee per person is PhP 20 (cheap, isn’t it?) For budget travelers out there, add this place to your must-go list.
Camping is the most sought after activity there. You may bring your own tent or rent one for PhP 200 (overnight). Food is also available at the entrance but you can bring/cook your own if you want.
Our nature tripping started at this point. My eldest was so excited to see the waterfalls he could hardly hide his megawatt smile. I’m glad that I said yes to take a breather and enjoy the great outdoors even for just a while.
It was quite a long and narrow trail; about 10-20 minutes of trekking, depending on how fast you walk. The first half of the trail has a fence for safety but you still need to make sure that your children are well-guided.
The path that led us to the falls made us feel that we’re entering a secluded rainforest. We already smelled the sweet of the earth, heard the chirping of the birds, and felt the cold breeze of the air.
The end of the trail led us to the beautiful Taytay falls, which happened to be a real hidden gem. Tanggal lahat ng pagod namin. The water “falls” into a basin-like structure, which I suspected to be man-made.
Water is icy cold and crystal clear. With only half of my body submerged into the water, I only lasted a few minutes. I was freezing, at kumuha na lang ako ng lakas ng loob sa kanta ni Elsa sa Frozen na, “the cold never bothered me anyway.” I couldn’t enjoy the water that much (post-Titanic ang peg), but the trip was definitely one of my favorites because it was both my first time to camp with my family (hubby + kid) and to experience swimming in a waterfall.
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We didn’t plan to stay overnight but we still rented a tent. I’m glad we did because it rained late in the afternoon. Both our stuff and our food were safe!
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The pristine water descends a series of boulders and rock piles below the waterfall basin. These streamlets (or mini pools as I like to call them) are more kid-friendly, but of course you still need to supervise your children. The last thing you want to see is your child slipping on a rock then hurting himself/herself. I was worried half the time actually, both for my husband and my son. You can never really prevent accidents from taking place.
Taytay Falls is a breathtaking view. Both locals and tourists should cooperate to restore its beauty. So before I end this travel post that I tried so hard to write (I’m not a travel junkie in the first place, y’know!), I would like to remind everyone who would soon visit, to please take all your garbages with you back home.
I think that children should be exposed to more outdoor activities like swimming and other sports. I’m considering martial arts, soccer, and archery lessons for my kids. Another great idea that isn’t like archery is skating, check out some of Skates HQ’s “derby gear”