Monday, May 19, 2008

Pagsanjan Falls

The famous Pagsanjan Falls is located in Brgy. Anglas, Cavinti, Laguna, which is a popular day-trip about 100 km SE of Manila near the town of Santa Cruz. Aside from the view of the falls itself, its main attraction is the raft ride. Skilled raft men will bring tourists aboard bamboo rafts by pulling on ropes laid across the lagoon for only Php70.00. It’s really nice to be at the far end to have a glimpse of another cascade on top of the Main Falls. Slow and meandering with homes and palms crowding the banks covers the lower part of the river. With a rainforest canopy, it does not take long before the river valley turns into a deep gorge and the quiet waters become cascading rapids.

In order to get there, take a ride via the South Luzon Expressway, from Manila. go around the cloverleaf to reach Calamba after you reached Canlubang Exit. Then from Calamba, follow the provincial road passing Los Banos, Bay, Victoria, Pila, Sta. Cruz and finally Pagsanjan. Going to the Pagsanjan Falls is by by boat paddled and pushed upstream by two boatmen.

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