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Cunayan Falls, L Pimentel, San Luis, Aurora
Part 14 of the Libotero Baler Roadtrip series
From the Aurora Provincial Capitol in Baler, we then drove northwards to the adjacent town of San Luis where some of the province’s natural wonders are located.
En route to San Luis, we were looking for convenience stores to buy some cold drinks to quench our thirst in the scorching noontime sun but then there were none! Actually, there were some but they were so “primitive”, they didn’t even have Coke, not even bottled water, at the least. We finally found the first decent convenience store across the San Luis Municipal Hall and bought some “C2″ and “Real Leaf Green Tea”, haha!
San Luis Municipal Hall
Upon driving further, we encountered a detour as one bridge was badly damaged and impassable.
This bridge must have been damaged by the typhoons that visit the province regularly. Good news is that there are a lot of infrastructure projects currently ongoing in the province so everything must be okay now.
After some few minutes, we still haven’t found what we were looking for, the Cunayan Falls. When we encountered locals walking around the streets, we asked directions, and we were directed to go further, just follow the road, and watch out for a road sign that would lead us to the waterfalls.
But after almost an hour, we felt that we’ve gone too far. We even started to go uphill already.
Feeling that we’ve gone way beyond the waterfalls, we just continued driving and looked for someone who seemed reliable in giving out directions. A few minutes later, we encountered a middle-aged man who looked well-informed and alas, he confirmed our doubts: we already passed by the waterfalls. For that, we asked for directions and took note of them very well.
We did a U-Turn and headed back to civilization!
The very picturesque national highway of Aurora, except for those campaign posters!
This time, all eyes were open. There were six of us and we thoroughly inspected all the road signs that we encountered, until we finally reached the intersection to the waterfalls. Our original plan was to visit Ditumabo Falls, dubbed as the “Mother Falls”, still in San Luis, but we weren’t ready for the few kilometers of trekking, so we settled for the Cunayan Falls which was located just a few meters away from an interior road. From the national highway, the interior road to the waterfalls is a bit rough.
It wasn’t paved, and was only made of sand and gravel. As we got nearer to the falls, we were surprised when we were charged a P20 toll, not once but twice! We just learned at the entrance of the Cunayan Falls that we passed by private property and therefore, they had all the right to collect an amount from us. Okay, settled. At the waterfalls, each person was charged P10.
Welcome to Cunayan Falls. We were informed that it is more popularly known as “L Pimentel Falls”. That explains why we mostly got scratching heads as reaction when we asked for directions to the Cunayan Falls
Trash.. Errr! Why can’t we all dispose of trash properly?!!!?
Streams around the waterfalls…
There are a few cottages around the waterfalls as well… So if you wish to spend the whole afternoon here, you definitely can!
The lush forests surrounding the waterfalls…
Steps to the parking area…
The Waterfalls. The Cunayan Falls isn’t actually that high. Actually, our initial reaction was, “This is it?” But then, the water was so clear plus, it wasn’t deep as you could just stand directly below the falls effortlessly,.. so it was very inviting for a dip!
The Cunayan Falls
So yeah, we just took a dip, literally, for our feet, haha… The water was very refreshing, it was cool.. Uhm, cold actually, perfect for summer getaways! We would have wanted to swim but then we forgot to bring extra clothes from the hotel, boo! For that, we just spent a few more minutes enjoying the cold water passing through our feet LOL.
The Cunayan Falls is located approximately 30 minutes from Baler, Aurora.
(…to be continued)