If I’m bewitched and intimated by Maria Cristina Falls at the same time, Tinago Falls awed and calmed me. After a 500 steps descent to reach the falls, its calming just to be near and seeing water cascading beautifully forming a basin-like pool. Truly a sight to behold.
Tinago is a Filipino term meaning “hidden”, the falls being hidden in a deep ravine. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Iligan, a city known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls. Under the falls is a small cave where people can enter and listen to the rumbling waters. – Wikipedia
To get here we rode a jeepney bound to Buru-un and ask the driver to drop us in Crossing. You’ll know you’re there if you see single motorcycles falling in line like tricycles. We rode a motorcylcle/habal-habal to Tinago Falls. It is a good 10-15 minute ride. To return to Crossing you can asked them to get back to you on a specific time if you want.
Upon arrival you’ll be crowded by locals offering their services as guide. Since we’re not familiar we opt to have one but believe me it’s not needed it’s easy to get to the falls. Our guide is Bossing. He talks a lot. So talkative but in a funny way. He’s not irritating at all. There’s an entrance fee of P10 and an optional donation.
Earl going down the winding staircase.
Another picture of Tinago Falls
You can get close the falls through raft with the help of locals. You can give them a small fee for the trouble. 🙂
I’m jealous of Earl being able to take a dip. Curse that monthly visitor.
He’s indeed enjoying every bit of it.
I can sit and watch this majestic falls the whole day. It’s refreshing just watching it. I’m so at peace being surrounded by nature. I know I’m sounding like a recorded player but really God is amazing.
3:30 PM We’re back in Crossing. Rode a multicab to the bus stop/terminal.
4:00 PM We’re at the terminal waiting for the bus back to CDO.
4:20 PM Bus arrived and left immediately. It’s already half-full anyway.
7:20 PM Arrived at Bulua Terminal. It’s a 4-hour travel time due to traffic. Then rode a jeepney to Divisoria and had dinner at Park Cafe (Divisoria Plaza).
8:30 PM Finally back at the hotel.
Bits of Info:
Weak signal or no signal at all (depends on your network)
Entrance Fee – P10
Donation – Optional
Life Jacket Rental – P20
Table Rental – P50
Cottages – P100-P300
Directions and expenses on our 1-day tour of Iligan City:
|Jeepney ride from Cogon to Bulua Terminal||12|
|Breakfast (La Paz Batchoy P20 and Suman P6)||26|
|Bus fare to Iligan City||85|
|Jeepney ride fron bus stop to church||7.5|
|Jeepney ride from church to hi-way||12|
|Entrance Fee to NPC Park||35|
|Lunch (Cheeseburger and Iced Tea)||43|
|Jeepney ride to Crossing from NPC Park||7|
|Habal-habal ride to Tinago Falls jump-off||25|
|Entrance Fee to Tinago Falls||10|
|Habal-habal ride from Tinago Falls jump-off to Crossing||25|
|Multicab ride to Bus Terminal bound to CDO||7|
|Bus fare to Bulua Terminal||85|
|Jeepney ride from Bulua Terminal to Divisoria||12|
|Dinner at Park Café (tocilog)||70|
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