Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Unforgettable trip to Casaroro Falls

After a short dip in the cool waters of Forest Camp in Valencia, Negros Oriental, we continued our trip to one of its tourist destinations, the Casaroro Falls.  This magnificent falls is located in between the enormous mountains of Valencia, Negros(20-40 minutes from Dumaguete City) and is dubbed as the most photographed falls in Negros Oriental because of its distinctive form and beauty.   However, witnessing this beauty requires great adventure spirit…

We asked a few locals information about Casaroro Falls before venturing on our trip.  We found out that Casaroro is actually the source of the fresh water flowing in Forest Camp.  So, after getting instructions on how to get there and getting confirmation on the road condition and safety of the area, we rode our rented Honda motorcycle to begin our trip.  It was expected that the travel would be 15-25 minutes from Forest Camp to the falls depending on your driving speed. The well-cemented road made our drive blissful since we were able to enjoy the luxurious mountain view of Negros.

Casaroro Falls
Road going to Casaroro Falls(good, right?, just wait and see.)

However, as the road started to look steep and weather was getting colder, unfortunately the road was also getting harder.  The rest of the road going to the falls was very rough, rocky and some other parts muddy.  To be on the safe side, I decided not to ride on the motorcycle and just walk to give my partner a better maneuvering clearance in driving. 

Casaroro Falls
This is the beginning of the rough road.
I needed to repeatedly ride and walk until we reached a part with a sign “Casaroro Falls” 30 meters ahead. We then proceeded and finally reached the entrance to the falls.  A small-wooden waiting shed is located beside the stair that obviously will bring you down to the falls.  We approached the shed and waited for the person in-charge so we can pay the entrance fee of Php 10.00 only.  However, few minutes have passed and still there was no trace of the in charge.

The welcome sign.
Casaroro Falls
Entrance fees.

The sound of the falls made us very excited and decided to go down without waiting for the person in charge.  Without any information of what to expect, we started to descend the stairs.  We realized after taking a few steps that it will indeed be a very long and hard descend after seeing the hundreds of steps below us.  
Casaroro Falls
 Going down..

As we descended, the sounds of the birds, rushing falls, the swaying of trees as the wind blows, the silence made me shiver and gave us a second thought of whether to proceed or not. We talked and considered our options since there were no other visitors along with us but also thought that they might be other visitors already in the falls area. According the information I researched from the net we have to trek 350 steps to get to the place.
Casaroro Falls
A view of the stairs to the falls.

When we reached the base, we walked on a cemented pavement along a stream and crossed a short man made bridge before we reached our destination.
Casaroro Falls
Stream...
Casaroro Falls
 Man made bridge...near the falls.

Finally, drenched with sweat, we reached our goal.  To our surprise, we were the only visitors in the place which made us a bit scared.  Nevertheless, Casaroro falls is certainly a beauty of nature to behold.  Unique to this falls is its narrow opening which causes the large volume of water to fall at once and thus, causes a loud sound.  Large boulders surround the area along with forest trees and plants.  After taking a few pictures, we hastily turned back and headed up.

Casaroro Falls
 The magnificent Casaroro Falls

A note to visitors planning to visit the falls.  Don't come alone or two(don't follow us hehehe), it is much safer to be in a group as the place a bit secluded.  If there is someone in your group who can safely drive a motorcycle it's advisable to rent one since "habal-habal" going to the falls is very expensive maybe 200-300 pesos.  Come early and go home early.  Going there in a rainy day is not safe as the road and the stairs are slippery.  Be extra cautious for any unexpected happenings like SNAKES! crossing you way.  Not to scare you though, we saw one but it got scared of us and ran away.  That's why we also ran with all our might.

Casaroro Falls

And that's our unforgettable trip to Casaroro Falls...

5 comments:

  1. Hello Ms. Jaja. This is so cool and a truly unforgettable experience. I hope someday you might want to invite your students to travel anywhere and I hope I am one of them..haha...You know us, were excited not just exploring new places but also about the "GOOD FOOD". Nice photos.

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  2. Thank you mel...We will have our adventure after your defense!

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  3. I bet the 350 steps back up was a killer! :-)

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