In every hike, we always have to be prepared.
When someone says the trek is just okay and bearable, always remember that your physical ability and even threshold for pain is different from others.
A simple hike for some might not be simple for you and vise versa. So always be ready, especially when the rain comes and the trail gets muddy and slippery, that can make a supposed easy trail, difficult. And that’s what happened to me, to us, in Buntot Palos Falls in Pangil, Laguna.
Buntot Palos means Eel’s tail. And of how they came up with that name to this waterfalls is a mystery. I mean there are a lot of stories told to us by our guides and locals there and we were like, “what seriously?” They have many versions and it’s ridiculous! Haha! So it is better to just say that it is still a mystery. Haha!
It was my second time to join the travel events of S&B Adventure, the first time was in Marinduque. It just shows that I am satisfied and happy with this group, besides I also found some friends through them.
But I have to be honest. At first, I joined because I had to take some photos for a client for a social media marketing campaign. But in the end, it turned out to be a great adventure! And for me who loves waterfalls, which is very evident in this blog, I enjoyed it and had a great time.
It was raining by the time we arrived at the starting point of our hike going to Buntot Palos Falls. For those who want to travel to this waterfalls, this is located in the mountains of Laguna, so the trail is actually quite similar to a trek to the mountains. Don’t be like me who thought that the trail might probably more flat because we were going to a waterfalls and not a mountain. But it’s not. You get what I’m trying to say? Hehe
It was also my second time to hike during a pouring rain, the first was also in Laguna when we chased 3 waterfalls in one epic weekend. You already have an idea what happened to us while trekking, right? It was muddy and slippery, but it helped that I was with some great company. My longtime friend, Ronald, whom I met in Batad, Ifugao joined me in this adventure.
After like hiking for two hours, I finally heard the sound of the splash of water. We finally arrived. I had some first glimpse of the waterfalls.
There was still a bit of rain. I was soaking wet with sweat and rain, yet when I saw Buntot Palos it was like all my body ache just went away. This has always been the effect of waterfalls to me. Buntot Palos is massive and grand. Sometimes when you see it in photos, you’d first think that this is just ordinary. But wait until you see it before your eyes.
It’s huge yet has a calming effect, taking all your stress and worries away. That’s the power of nature.
When the group made their way towards the falls for a swim, I stayed for a while to the rocky parts to take some photos for the campaign I mentioned earlier. I just used my phone and it well. I liked my concept of the photo. Look!
Then it was the time for swimming! The water was so cool, it relaxed my tired muscles after an exhausting hike under the rain.
After having lunch and fully enjoyed Buntot palos Falls, it was time to go back.
The hike going back was even tougher than I expected. We went through this steep assault from the falls going up. And since it was still raining, it was a struggle for my overweight self. Haha!
You know in a hike. When the trail gets tough sometimes you get to question yourself, “why am I doing this?” Because in reality you’re making yourself suffer. You get tired. Your body ached for days. But the thing is, you still keep going.
That’s it. You keep on going.
The truth is, for me, this life is way better instead of staying in the city and doing the same routine each day. The physical pain, struggle and adventure makes me better. And in a world full of wordly things, routine and stress, going to waterfalls makes me feel more alive.
How to get to Buntot Palos, Falls – Travel Guide
Through Travel Groups and Events
There are some Travel groups/ events going to Buntot Palos Falls. Just check google or facebook and you’ll see some. For me, I joined S&B Adventure. I had a great time. Highly recommended!
Commute Via Rizal and Laguna
At Edsa Central Crossing, there are jeepneys going to Tanay, Rizal. Ride that jeepney and the jump off point is Siniloan, Laguna. From Siniloan, Laguna, just ride a tricycle to Barangay Balian, Pangil, Laguna. Register and secure Guide at the Barangay Hall. Then start the hike to Buntot Palos.
Buntot Palos Itinerary Dayhike
3:30AM Assembly at Edsa Crossing
4:00AM Departure to Pangil, Laguna
(You have the option to commute or travel through your own car. This is via Rizal- Siniloan, Laguna)
7:00AM – Arrival at Brgy. Balian, Pangil, Laguna
8:00AM – Start of Hike
10:30AM – Arrival at Buntot Palos
12NN – Lunch
1:30PM – Start trek going back to Jump off
3:30PM – Wash up at the Resort near the jump off
4:00PM – Going back to Manila
5:00PM – Early Dinner. There are a lot of Resto/Carinderia along the way
8:00PM – Arrival in Edsa Central Station
Buntot Palos Falls Map
Location: Brgy. Balian, Pangil, Laguna