Saturday, November 19, 2016

Falling for Hulugan Falls

Fig. 1: Hulugan Falls from a distance


Hulugan Falls, Luisiana, Laguna, Philippines. Who says falling in love has to be expensive? Well, not at all the time! Prep your bags and have a getaway that will surely capture your hearts. I know the cold season is just around the corner, but hey, our hearts don't need to be frigid too.






If you'd like to have a rewarding experience of seeing Hulugan falls, the best months to visit are actually December-May. Rest assured, you don't have to worry much about the rain ruining your trip. Especially that the route to Hulugan falls, when it rains, can be a bit messy and difficult to trek (regardless of the rain, be on proper foot wear). However, if you could risk a little, June-August can actually be more surprising! The falls looks magical with more water pouring down after the rainy season.

HOW TO REACH THE AREA:

A. PRIVATE VEHICLE
Well, it's easier to have a car. The area doesn't have lockers for your baggage, so if you have a car, it's a plus. It's a 3 hour drive away from Manila. 

1. Take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and exit at Calamba.
2. Take the national road, and you will pass by different towns (Los Banos to Pagsanjan). Before you get to the town proper of Cavinti, turn right to Cavinti-Luisiana road
3. Look for a signage that says "Hulugan Falls". This might be difficult to notice so keep an eye on it. 
4. You will see a long road once you see the Hulugan Falls signage. You can ask any local to guide you going to "Bahay ni Kapitan". You will pay the Tourism Fee (P20) after registering.

B. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

1. Go to Cubao or Buendia and ride a bus going to Santa Cruz (P140)
2. Ride a jeepney going to Lucena and tell the driver to drop you off at San Salvador (P30).
3. You will see a long road once you see the Hulugan Falls signage. You can ask any local to guide you going to "Bahay ni Kapitan". You will pay the Tourism Fee (P20) after registering.


Time duration of trek: 30 minutes - 1 hour depending on your pace.






THINGS TO TAKE NOTE: First, there's NO FIXED PRICE for the tour guide. But please, be generous enough to give a good amount. Next, if you want to do overnight, you'll pay P50 (bring your own tent). If you feel hungry, there are food stalls around the area. Lastly, there are houses where you can rinse after the long trek, so you don't have to worry going home muddy (P10).


This can be a tiring activity but you'll surely enjoy it! Perfect for weekday warriors (yes, not all people have weekend day offs, right?!) and perfect for those avoiding the weekend rush. What makes this trip more appealing is the budget damage- for less than P500, you get to fall in love with Hulugan falls. ***






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