Monday, May 14, 2007

Casaroro Falls

This is probably my best and most favorite shot of Casaroro Falls. I think it gives a sense of scale of the waterfalls. The mysterious figure in the foreground is Janina Rivera, one of the Fellows for this year's Writers Workshop. And to think this was taken with my Nokia 6233 cellphone!

Yesterday I took some of the Fellows up to Valencia, with our ultimate goal the waterfalls some five kilometers further uphill. We left the car at Forest Camp and hoofed it onwards.

I had taken this trail before last year, I knew it to be a little tough, I just didn't remember how tough! Still, no one really thought about giving up and turning back. We braved on, despite the rough roads and steep inclines.

It was worth it by the time we got to the falls. You could see the tired faces perk up and gasp in wonder. Everyone took a dip, except me. Later on, everyone was commenting how refreshed they were, due in no small part to the soft waters of Casaroro.

At the start of the trail, still close to Forest Camp.

Finally! the entrance to Casaroro Falls. This was after two hours of trekking (with a little cheating in between, by way of a short -- a very short -- tricycle ride.)

Heading down the steps...

...and taking a little time to admire the view

Down at the camp area, a quick stop on the suspension bridge....

My obligatory Buddha shot.

And, of course, what better reward after a gruelling trek than to frolic in the waters?


  1. wow.. lovely! I love waterfallssss.. ahihihi

  2. oohh!! nice ... I really miss nature trips.

  3. Hi, looks inviting. My friends and I are planning to visit dumaguete this sept. Would like to know how to get to Casaroro Falls. and how long is the travel time. Thanks!

  4. Hi, K: Casaroro isn't far. From Dumaguete, head over to Valencia town proper. From there, grab a ride to Forest Camp.

    There's plenty of habal habal (motorcycles) that you can rent, but I don't really feel it's safe. You might grab a tricycle all the way to the "Y" junction and walk from there.

    I really don't recommend walking from Forest Camp to the falls (which is what we did) but if you're feeling She-Ra and all...

    Best way is to rent a van going up, but that's a tad expensive.