Falls: Talay, Hulugan and Aliw | Luisiana, Laguna

Starting out our travel year with a trek in 3 unexploited falls located in Luisiana, Laguna. They are Hulugan Falls (left side photo), Talay Falls (mini and main falls – right upper right and right center photo) and Aliw Falls (right bottom).

After the registration, we headed to:

Talay Falls first since it is the nearest falls within the barangay hall and the trails are not that difficult to take. There are 3 parts in talay trail:

First is the “steady-muddy” trail wherein common trail that people usually deal with then they trek. A path covered with plants, trees and branches. Apart from plants and trees, mud is everywhere. You might feel the weight of the mud on your shoes as you go along the trail. Pico De Loro’s trail is pretty much the same with this one.

Second part of trail will be a mini “river” not literally a river but you have to cross there for you to reach the falls.

First mini river to cross

  I’m wearing rubber shoes during that time (which is more advisable since the trails are so slippery and muddy).

After crossing the mini river, only a few minutes walk then you see the Talay Falls 1.

 

Talay Falls 1.

 

It’s quite short and nothing special. Well, you have to explore a little to see the Talay Falls 2.

 

Talay Falls at the back

(With the gang)

You have to climb using a rope and fit yourself in a narrow  passage that serves as the third trail.

Struggle is real going up..

Once you’ve reach the top,  this is what awaits you..

 

Talay Falls no. 2

 

Henry over there

 I like how the rocks were formed here. Big boxes of rocks stacked together to form a picturesque.

Hulugan Falls was next in line. Not too far from Talay, its just half an hour trekk from Talay going Hulugan. If you were in fast pace,  maybe less than half of an hour will do.

Going especially leaving Hulugan was quite challenging and exhausting. You have to literally go down so that you can reach the bottom of the gigantic Falls. Try to imagine going down from 6th to 8th floor using stairs, thats how exhausting it is.. Double the exhaustion going up since you have to climb the assault in getting back to the jump off site.

Down hill going Hulugan

 

And TADAAAH!!

Hulugan Falls

 

A giant God’s masterpiece.

A beautiful and majestic creation. The volume of water was not that in a full blast. A little calm but on the on the otherhand the ice-cold water awaits you at the bottom.

Lastly, Aliw Falls is our last destination.

Going there is very easy compared to Hulugan, Aliw falls is located in out barangay so our tour guide wasnt able to accompany us going the.

Aliw falls is quite new attraction in Luisiana since there is only way going there and that’s passing through a public resort and rice field. The path going to Aliw Falls is still on process. A 20-30minutes trek Is alloted time to reach the Falls.

 

Aliw Falls

  For some reasons, this is my favorite spot since it’s more serene and easiest to trek unlike the 2 falls.
Going There..The place is quite accessible. Only two to theee rides from Buedia if you have taking public transportation.

  • Ride a bus at Buendia going Sta Cruz, Laguna
  • Alight at Sta. Cruz town proper and ride a jeep (top load will be amazing) going Luisiana-Lucban-Kamay ni Hesus
  • Alight at Luisaian – Hulugan
  • Go to barangay hall to register and your good to go.
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10 Facts and Realizations of a Newborn Outdoor Enthusiast

1. Your physical well-being will be tested.

Outdoor activities require strength. You literally need to be strong for every walk, climb and grip. Plus the heat to the sun, cold breeze during night trek, heavy backpacks. Every muscle in your body works, so better have a warm-up first or else your first time will be you last.

2. You will push yourself beyond your limit.

There will be times that you’re about give up especially if you are a first timer.  Even though your lungs and your heart are about to explode, you can’t feel your legs’ existence and you can’t even carry your things still,  there’s part in you saying that you have to finish it ‘coz turning back is a great NO-NO.

3. Exhaustion becomes relaxation.

Mountain assaults will definitely exhaust you plus the heights that will wreck your nerves. After a looong hours of  walk, run, climb and grip, reaching the finish line or the top will give you an excellent view. The picturesque view of nature can calm your soul. Exhaustion is part of the adventure but surely, calmness and serenity will follow.

4. You’ll get connected with nature.

Since you’re doing outdoors, most of the time. You’ll get connected with nature so sooner or later. You’ll get used to its physical beauty. You may have the tendency to care for it unconsciously. It might help you to release unwanted feelings, burden and anxiety.

5. You’ll be extreme.

There are times that ropes do not exist so the only way for you to reach the top or to go on the other side is to have faith on the rocks, in the grass, on the soil and even to your shoes.

6. You will conquer your fear.

This applies to everyone who has Acrophobia. Climbing mountain that ranges 700 – 2,000 meters above sea level is a nerve wrecking activity for those who have fear of heights. To be with an outdoor-junkie/adventure seeker means to be with  someone who can get you out of the box. With the motivation that he/she gives you’ll soon forget your fear and reach the top.

7. You’ll learn to trust yourself.

For every struggle that you face along the way, you’ll learn and understand that trusting yourself is the biggest factor to succeed. Even how exhausted and wasted you are.

8. Motivation will push you forward.

You can’t hit a goal without motivation. You also have your partner and your team to motivate you. Your partner will be your best motivator in reaching the summit or the finish line.

9. Outdoor activities will deepen your relationship.

Well, for me it is. I personally, is not an outdoor-junkie. I don’t remember any sports that I played when i was in high school or in college. I just became an OD-junkie when I meet my boyfriend. I might say that it deepens our relationship in a sense that we were able to support and share each other’s interests. Like me,  I like heights, small trips, adventures, scenery, picturesque view while he likes all outdoor stuffs, majestic view and photography. You tend to know each other’s capacity and limitations. Both of you will adjust in every circumstances.

10. You’ll change for the better.

You’ll tend to realize the importance of patience, motivation, faith and goals. Do not get upset if your partner is and outdoor junkie. All you have to do is try and enjoy new experiences. There’s always be a good and life changing realizations after the trip. Stepping out from your comfort zone is better than staying inside the box for the rest of your life. Life is too short. Have life and enjoy!