The Philippines without a doubt catches the eyes of tourists around the world. Its beauty simply stands out from the rest! Just like Laguna, the province located southeast of Metropolis is well-known for its majestic wonders such as waterfalls, hot springs, and delicacies that’ll surely satisfy your cravings.
The Province of Laguna is the number one answer when thinking of a day tour that is not too far from Metro Manila. Tourists visit the province for its breathtaking and awe-inspiring waterfalls like Pagsanjan Falls located on the eastern side of Laguna, and Taytay Falls at Majayjay.
But have you ever wondered what else Laguna can offer?
In that case, we have something just for you! In the small town of Pangil at the peak of the mountain, you can find the hidden gem “Buntot Palos”.
What is it all about?
Buntot Palos or also known as Hidden Falls because of its beauty hiding in the forestry of Sierra Madre. In English, it means “Eels Tail” and no one seems to know the origin of the name.
Buntot Palos is famous for those who love trekking then relaxing after a long walk. You need to walk at least two hours from its two entry points, Pangil River Eco Park and Barangay Balian before reaching the heart of the falls. The path is muddy and slippery that some trekkers will surely love.
Buntot Palos is 80 meters long with the water coming from the mountains of Sierra Madre. Are you also looking for some thrill? You can jump from its walls and straight onto the deep side of the natural pool.
How to get in Laguna?
From Metro Manila, there are two different ways to get there, either via the Rizal Province Road or via SLEX (South Luzon Expressway). If you’re planning to use public transportation, you can take the bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna from Cubao or Pasay, or the Famy-bound Van at Legarda station.
When you take the SLEX route, you need to ride a bus that is bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna, and transfer to a jeepney going to Siniloan. Tell the jeepney driver that you are going to Balian, Pangil. After alighting from the jeepney, walk for at least eight to ten minutes and you’ll reach the entry point going to Buntot Palos. You need first to register at the outpost and pay the entrance fee of only 25 pesos and the fee for the guide which is 400 pesos good for 5 persons.
Due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine that is being implemented in the Province of Laguna, the local government of Pangil is not allowing any tourists to visit the falls as of today. You may follow their Facebook page at Hidden Falls or Buntot Palos sa Balian to keep you updated.
Our country may be one of the poorest countries in the world, but no one can deny that our country is also abundant in precious places that will surely make every Filipino proud!
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