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In advance celebration of Majayjay Day (October 2), I agreed to be toured by a staff of Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort to Majayjay's popular waterfalls called Taytay Falls, the closest tourist attraction to the resort which is nestled in Lucban, just along the border of its neighboring town of Laguna. I tagged along a fellow travel blogger for the breezy road trip and 15-minute trek (from the attraction entrance). I also considered the side trip a perfect opportunity to add creative points of views to my Instagram account which I started roughly a year ago.
A tour of the distant waterfalls is a highly recommended itinerary of the resort to its guests since there's no sight of any beachfront anywhere nearby. The attraction is accessible from the border of Quezon Province anyway along the Majayjay-Lucban Road which can be reached from Metro Manila's Alabang in approximately 2 hours only. The area seemed to have locals intermingling without any predilection for border issues as I noticed. After all, according to the Lucban Historical Society, a part of Lucban used to belong to Majayjay.
Breezy Road Trip
Our road trip from the resort was quick and pleasant. Roads to the waterfall trek entrance were nicely paved and the scenery looked attractive. I was able to see a grandeur of greenery via sprawling rice fields and lush vegetation. The area is densely populated even with the presence of the tourist attraction. All in all, it took us only 15 minutes to finish the ride.
Along the road before entering the parking area, we had to stop at a post to pay the necessary environmental and parking fees. At the same site, we were offered tent rentals for P300 each to which I begged off because we were only there for a day tour.
|Taytay Falls in all its glory|
Falls Known By Many Names
I learned from our resort tour guide that tourism promotion for the waterfalls is being funded by the World Bank with the initiatives of the former first lady Imelda Marcos. This is why some locals call it by another name -- Imelda Falls. Others know it as Majayjay Falls.
The kilometer-long trek allowed us to view a lot more of the lush vegetation. It was winding but generally easy to traverse. It helped to hear the rush of gushing water next to the trail where an irrigation from the waterfalls is installed. The water that flows there actually helps supply water to the nearby rice fields of the town. We even passed by a decent hanging bridge to have photo opportunities. I figured that the hike alone was good for coming up with enough materials for my Instagram account.
The Falls Finally
At the site, we spotted a few tents pitched along the banks of the stream and a throng of guests having a frisky time at the flowing water. From the closest dry spot, the cascade looked intense. It's as high as a two-storey house. I managed to take a quick dip only because the water was really biting cold. Our tour guide even segued that one can leave a bottle of wine or soda and have it considered chilled a few hours after.
As of this writing, I've already posted a few photos that I took at the site on Instagram. Follow me there as Turistatrails!
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Where To Stay When Visiting Taytay Falls in Majayjay, Laguna?
Check out my review of Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort here.
Check out my Lucban travel guide here.
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