Monday, June 23, 2014

Taytay Falls, Majayjay, Laguna

road to Majayjay

Ever since I started riding my bike in 2008, Majayjay, Laguna is one of my favorite spots to visit. The twist and turns of the road from Nagcarlan, Liliw and Majayjay will surely give you the goose-bumps while you are riding your mountain bike or your motorcycle. I have passed this route for so many times ever since I enjoyed my annual visita iglesia of the different provinces in Southern Luzon and the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban.

It was a welcome opportunity for me to take this route anew for my motorcyle tour of the different falls in Laguna. Usually, I travel alone but Alvin Mendoza decided to join this tour and it was another opportunity that I won't miss.

How to get there

There are so many options on how to reach the spot.

Option 1 - Sta. Cruz Route (best route)
From Buendia, Pasay, ride the the bus (DLTB or Greenstar) going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Fare is P140.00. Travel time is 2-3 hours depending on the traffic in Calamba and Los Banos, Laguna. Then, alight at Sta. Cruz and ride the tricycle to Sta. Cruz market (loob ng palengke). Ride the jeep going to Majayjay. Fare is P35.00. Reaching the town of Majayjay, ride the jeep going to Taytay Falls. Fare is P16/pax. The availability of the jeepney ride is from 6 am - 10 am only. After the said hours, you have to rent the tricycle for P700.00.

Option 2 -San Pablo Route
From Buendia or Cubao, ride the bus going to Lucena.

From Buendia, ride the Jacliner, Jam, DLTB or Lucena Lines bus going to Lucena. Fare going to San Pablo City is around P100.00. Travel time to San Pablo City is more or less 1.5 hours. Reaching San Pablo City, ride the tricycle to the terminal of the jeep going to Nagcarlan. Then, jeepney ride to Nagcarlan. Fare is P40.00. Then, another jeepney ride to Majayjay. Fare is P16.00. Then, ride the jeep going to Taytay Falls.  Fare is P16/pax. The availability of the jeepney ride is from 6 am - 10 am only. After the said hours, you have to rent the tricycle for P700.00.

Option 3 -  Antipolo Route
From Antipolo, Rizal, ride the jeepney going to Siniloan. Reaching Siniloan, ride the jeepney going to Sta. Cruz. Fare is P35.00 and travel time is 45 minutes to 1 hour. Reaching Sta. Cruz,   ride the tricycle to Sta. Cruz market (loob ng palengke). Ride the jeep going to Majayjay. Fare is P35.00. Reaching the town of Majayjay, ride the jeep going to Taytay Falls. Fare is P16/pax. The availability of the jeepney ride is from 6 am - 10 am only. After the said hours, you have to rent the tricycle for P700.00.

Option 4 - Lucena Route (farthest from Manila)
Ride the bus going to Lucena either from Cubao or Buendia, Pasay.

Fare from Buendia to Lucena Grand Central Terminal is P209.50 (127 kilometers). Travel time is 3-4 hours from Buendia. Arriving at the Lucena Grand Central Terminal, ride the mini-bus/jeep going to Lucban, Quezon. Fare is P35.00. In Lucban, ride the jeep going to Majayjay. Fare is less than P10.00.  Alight at Barangay Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna. Then, ride the tricycle going to Taytay Falls for P20.00/pax.


But it was different on our part, Alvin and I are from Tanauan City and we used our motorcycles for this tour. We left Tanauan City 5:30 am and after 2 hours of biking, we reached the town of Majayjay. We have not taken our breakfast and we took it at Titanic Restaurant. They offer a variety of dishes from pork, chicken, goat, carabeef, horse and beef. A place for your appetite!

Alvin and I enjoying the meal
  
We tried their kambing (goat), horse and carabeef dishes. And we were all set and ready to go to the falls after the meal.

Alvin with his favorite pose
Just beside the resto is the famous and national treasure, Majayjay Church. And we visited the church as part of the morning ritual.


From Majayjay town, we rode for more or less 15 minutes before reaching the Barangay Hall of Gagalot.

There I met Kagawad Larry who was kind enough to give me the details of the Taytay Falls and even his contact number.

Entrance fee - P20.00
Overnight fee - P30.00
Rent of tent - P200.00 (good for 4 pax)
Rent of tent - P350.00 (good for (7-8 pax)
Tent space - free
Rent of hammock - bring your own

Best time to visit is summer.
Lean month is December.

Barangay Hotline - 0915-527-8826


parking area
  From the Barangay outpost to the parking area, the walk itself is less than 2 minutes.

food establishments
Food is not a problem here. There are so many food establishments (or turo-turo) within the vicinity. There are even lodging houses inside the parking area for your accommodation in case you do not want to sleep at the falls. But I saw a videoke bar just beside the entrance of the falls and surely, that would deter the tranquility of the night.

entrance
From the entrance/jump-off point, it took us only less than 10 minutes before we reached the site of the falls. You will enjoy the scenery along the way.


If you happen to be a nature lover, then, you will surely enjoy the sight of nature as it unfolds right before your eyes while you are taking your walk towards the falls.


And after minutes of walking, you will reach the camping site. There are toilets and places for your cooking needs which are provided for free once you have paid the entrance fee.



A couple more of steps and you will reach the Taytay Falls. There is actually a man-made basin nestled at the bottom of the falls. There you can enjoy swimming in the cold waters of the falls!



Again, you will surely be delighted to the sight of the falls and its surrounding areas.


You will surely stare at the falls for a couple of minutes. We did!


After more than 30 minutes, we decided to go to our next destination, Bunga Twin Falls in Nagcarlan, Laguna. There are a total of 14 prohibited acts at the site of the falls. Just make sure you read the banner at the entrance. Almost all the acts mentioned pertain the eco-tourism activities.

There is another falls in Majayjay called Bukal Falls. We decided not to go there since the trek to the falls is 2 hours. The site of the falls is near the boundary of Majayjay and Liliw, Laguna. Another place to visit is the Majayjay Paradise


It was Really Fun in Taytay Falls!








  



85 comments:

  1. Its more fun viewing the best out of nature :)

    - Alvin

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  3. Sir.. 6am-10am lang po ba talga mga jeepney going to falls?..

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    1. Sabi ng isang konsehal. Better coordinate. may trike nman kung sakali

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    2. sir itatanong ko lang po sana yung statistics nung turista na pumupunta sa taytay falls from 2011 - 2014

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    3. Honestly, I have no idea. But you can coordinate with the barangay, active naman sila sa ganyan.

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    4. sir kailangan lang po sa ce project namin. feasibility study about sa taytay falls. please po.. sama na lang po namin kayo sa acknowledgement namin... CE V po ako ng Southern Luzon State University, Lucban Quezon

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    5. ok, but I still do not have the statistics

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    6. Hi kung 6am -10am lang yung mga jeepney pano pag pabalik ng Manila anong pwedeng sakyan? Thanks!

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  4. Hello po! Ask ko lng kung panu yung way papunta sa Liliw? we're also riding bike and it will be our first time going laguna. We're from alabang btw! Thank you po in advance.

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    1. I assume that you will be coming from Manila or North. From Manila, you have to go to San Pablo City. Inside the city, you have to go to the church of San Pablo. There is a street there that directly goes to Liliw, Laguna. If I am not mistaken, you will pass Rizal and another town before reaching Liliw. This is the best route. Malayo pag sa Lucena kayo dadaan.

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    2. Alabang pala kayo. If your bike is below 300cc definitely you cannot pass the SLEX. Then, you have to use the old road from Alabang-Susana Heights-Binan-Sta. Rosa-Calamba. Then, proceed to Turbina, Calamba, then Sto. Tomas, then Alaminos and then San Pablo City. From San Pablo City, again remember the church of San Pablo for the route to Liliw, Laguna. Enjoy your trip! =)

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  5. Thank you for this! very useful! :)

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  6. Hi sir! I'm planning to go po kasi tomorrow. Sa susana heights po kami manggaling. Mga ilan hours po travel time? Dalawa kami. Mga magkano po kaya budget kailangan? Papunta doon and pauwi naman sa Alabang. Thank you!

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    1. Papunta and pabalik sa susana heights po pala :)

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    2. Sori for the late reply.
      Busy teaching sa FEU.
      Commute mga P500 balikan ang fare.
      Motor - 300 sa gasolina.
      sori ule

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  7. hi! 700 po talaga yung sa trike? ilang oras po ba un? :) THANKS

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    1. Malayo kasi sa bayan sya at very rugged and steep ang road. Anyway, just do not miss the jeepney ride para makamura kayo. enjoy =)

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  8. Hi, yung jeeps from Taytay Falls pabalik ng Majayjay Town proper ay may oras lang din? Thanks :)

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    1. Ndi ko lang alam. Better ask the jeepney na sasakayan nyo. The other alternative is trike back to town.

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  9. Kuddos to you Sir Jun Villegas! Very helpful!

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  10. hi! sir ask q lng po kung may sasakyan po n derecho po ng taytay falls, majayjay laguna kung manggagaling po kmi ng alabang hindi po kc nmin alam ang ppunta jan. tnx po!...

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    1. From ALABANG, ride the the bus going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna or any bus going to Calamba, Laguna. In case you have the Sta Cruz Bus. then, alight at Sta. Cruz and ride the tricycle to Sta. Cruz market (loob ng palengke). Ride the jeep going to Majayjay. Fare is P35.00. Reaching the town of Majayjay, ride the jeep going to Taytay Falls. Fare is P16/pax. The availability of the jeepney ride is from 6 am - 10 am only. After the said hours, you have to rent the tricycle for P700.00. BUT IN CASE you have the Calamba bus/van/jeep, alight in Calamba and board the bus going to Sta. Cruz. The Sta Cruz bus or the Calamba bus will use the same route. But in case of Calamba, it ends in Calamba but you have to take the bus to Sta Cruz.

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  11. Hi Sir Jun, mayroon po bang room na pwedeng irent for an overnight stay near the falls?

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    1. Meron po ata. I saw some lodging along the trek. Pero usually po tent.

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    2. How much po kya overnyt ng room..

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  12. Okay po ba tong destination for solo traveller? :)

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  13. I'm planning to go there this October 19, 20, or 21. Hope I won't get lost!

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  14. Sir kpag Hindi b kmi umabot ng 6am to 10am sa jeep pwede b xa lakarin?

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    1. malayo, mga 1.5 hours - 2 hours

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    2. Sir dba my resort sa taas nyan ung my pool na kasama??? Sabi sakin meron daw

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  15. meron ba maayos na comfort rooms sir. and how about the tents ok din ba linis? thanks.

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  16. meron ba maayos na comfort rooms sir. and how about the tents ok din ba linis? thanks.

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  17. Hi sir, good day. Ask ko lang po if its accessible via car. Thank you!

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  18. hellow po ask ko lang okay lng na magsama ng bata. were planning to go there kaso may kasama kmeng 4yrs old

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  19. hellow po ask ko lang okay lng na magsama ng bata. were planning to go there kaso may kasama kmeng 4yrs old

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  20. Hi ask lang sir ngpaparent po ba,sila dun kitchen utensils if ever po na mgluluto kme?

    Thank you po

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  21. This is very helpful..thanks

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  22. Hi pano po papunta sa Majayjay coming from Pasig

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  23. Hi pano po papunta sa Majayjay coming from Pasig

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  24. may masasakyan po ba pauwi kapg 5pm na?

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  25. Open po kaya sila sa 26 0f march..sat. ok lang my sariling sasakyan at may sksmang mga kids??

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  26. My msaskyan pba pablik from tatay falls-majayjay to sta.cruz..?? Sa hapon ???tia

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  27. Hi Kuya Jun Villegas, pwede po mag ask if meron kang contact na Room for overnight? Good for 20pax sana :)/ Thanks' ~Arren ^_^

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  28. even summer ba ay malakas parin ang falls? thnks

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    1. Ndi po masyado. Pero summer po ako nung nagpunta

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  29. Hi sir..ask ko lang po..from kamay ni jesus in lucban quezon..how to get there po..were planing to go this sumer.tnx

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  30. Hi sir..ask ko lang po..from kamay ni jesus in lucban quezon..how to get there po..were planing to go this sumer.tnx

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  31. Hi, sir! I wanna ask if there's a pool na nakabukod sa falls area?

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    1. wala pong swimming pools.. pero merong resort malapit dun (5-10 minute drive).. Daliwitan Resort..

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  32. magkano. po ung arkila nG tent or room overnight thx

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  33. Sir may rooms po ba dun na pwedeng mag rent ? If ever, mga mgkano po kaya ? Thankyou.

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    1. meron po dun.. sa harap ng pay parking may isang malaking sarisari store.. pinakamababa nila is 800 good for 2-3 pax.. (kung ndi ka nman choosy) malinis nman in fairness.. nay 1300 and 2600 din cla..

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  34. Sir may rooms po ba dun na pwedeng mag rent ? If ever, mga mgkano po kaya ? Thankyou.

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    1. meron po dun.. sa harap ng pay parking may isang malaking sarisari store.. pinakamababa nila is 800 good for 2-3 pax.. (kung ndi ka nman choosy) malinis nman in fairness.. nay 1300 and 2600 din cla..

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  35. very helpful ... thanks po sumulat nito :)

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  36. thank you sir very helpful...ask ko lang kung may dala kang sasakyan ,saan po mabilis dumaan sa sta. cruz o sa san pablo. THANKS PO .

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  37. thank you sir very helpful...ask ko lang kung may dala kang sasakyan ,saan po mabilis dumaan sa sta. cruz o sa san pablo. THANKS PO .

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  39. thank you sir very helpful...ask ko lang kung may dala kang sasakyan ,saan po mabilis dumaan sa sta. cruz o sa san pablo. THANKS PO .

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  40. Hm po kya rent ng tent ngayin dito.tnx

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  41. Mgnda nga po tlga jn bnalik blkan nga po nmin yn kso last tym n pmnta kmi ay nnakawan kmi ng gsolina sa pay prking nla at wlang gs2ng mngot...so be careful po at i check lgi ang sskyan to be safe bka kz s susunod ay ndi lng gsolina mwla.

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  42. it was really fun.. nice adventure sa mga koboy na tao..👍👍👍

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  43. it was really fun.. nice adventure sa mga koboy na tao..👍👍👍

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    1. Hi. How much po ang rent ng tents? Still the same? Planning to go there po this May. :) Thanks

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  44. Sir.pwde bng mkahingi ng contact no.png incase lng po.
    Tenk yu.

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  45. Sir.pwde bng mkahingi ng contact no.png incase lng po.
    Tenk yu.

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  46. Sir.pwde bng mkahingi ng contact no.png incase lng po.
    Tenk yu.

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  47. Open po ba yung Majayjay alls ngayon?

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  48. Open po ba yung Majayjay Falls this coming weekend?

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  49. Pwede po ba mag overnight using tent na nirent sa kanila? Thank you sir!

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  50. Punta kme minsan jan, thanks po sa article!

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