I felt so bored for that weekend so I messaged sir JP if he is available. Fortunately, he is not busy and I mentioned to him if we can visit the Puray/Panas Falls. I’m always fascinated to witness a waterfalls! Thankfully, he agreed that he will accompany us and serves as our guide. Sir JP always wanted to explore the other part of Puray so when I sent him a message was just the right time to do it! I can’t remember how many times Sir JP and I planned this adventure, we've set it way back 2014 but were not pushed through because of bad weather condition and sometimes he's busy with his travels around the Philippines. Another adventure for me and my loving partner. Yey! I invited also my other friends but they woke up late.. so it's just the three of us.
We met at Jollibee Commonwealth Market at 6:00AM, after our light breakfast we rode a jeepney going to San Isidro Rizal from the terminal located beside Jollibee Commonwealth Market. The fare is fix 25.00 malayo or malapit the term for that is deretso. I think its less than 1-hour of travel time from Commonwealth Market to San Isidro and it depends on the traffic, then at San Isidro terminal we rode a trike going to Barangay Mascap, and from Mascap we waited a trike designed for off-road but the trike going to Puray were mostly occupied/full. The locals from Mascap adviced us that it’s better to walk and follow the trail beside the river and a lot of locals also leaves in the area going to Puray whom we can ask if ever we lost track. They said that we don't need to worry because they will tell us the way going to the Falls. The river is shallow and not too rough because it didn’t rain for that day.
At 7:30AM we started our hike at the cemented road going to the intersection in across elementary school, we turned left to the shortcut and crossed the river for many times and at the right area, the wide rough road where the off-road trike used.
Start of our hike
First river crossing
River crossing again
I lost counting how many times we've crossed the river but my estimation would be 10-times. It didn’t rain heavily that time but only drizzles and thank God because based from news many river crossing incident happened that caused injury or death to some of our fellow outdoor enthusiast because of unpredicted strong current of water, just like what happened in Madlum river in Bulacan and San Jose Tarlac.
Intersection in Puray
With my partner (MaryangLaagan)
Are you familiar with this? hmmmm
The last river crossing before the falls
Boulders going to Panas/Puray falls
It's almost 10:00AM when we arrived at the Panas/Puray Falls and I must say the trail going to waterfalls is quite challenging. There's one trail that was steep and where we had our take 5 and we strictly followed locals advice to just follow the trail.
With sir JP (jps-travelogue)
As always I am amazed with the magnificence of waterfalls and Panas Falls is another one on my list! The strong water that flows from above is picturesque and the abundant forest surrounding it is stunning and you'll see green all over.
It only saddened me when I saw a lot of plastic wrappers, cigarette butts and other waste along the sand area. So we decided clean-up or pick-up all the plastic that we see around the waterfalls, hindi talaga kaya ng konsensiya ko na iwan mga basura sayang ang kalikasan kung masisira. I hope the locals or tourists going to Puray/Panas Falls observes cleanliness or as we explore our nature and other destination. Be responsible to our nature and not to ruin it, so for the next generation they can still see His beautiful creation given to us.
After our early lunch, a group of youth came and they were shouting with amazement. They told us that they hiked for 3 1/2 hours from San Isidro and finally they witnessed the magnificence of their pride - Puray Falls of Rizal! They invited us to see the other part of the falls. We followed them and went up at the top of waterfalls' "mouth" and saw a small river basin good for those who don't know how to swim, hehe. We stayed there at the top of the waterfalls for almost an hour and just mingled with them.
Off-road trike in Puray
It's almost 2PM when we decided to go back and rode a habal-habal (trike) to San Isidro. Sir JP and my partner felt so nervous, but to me it was additional adventure! Haha.
Nonetheless, another gala for us to be cherished. Salamat sir JP sa time at pagsama... sa uulitin.
How to get there:
- Ride a jeep at Commonwealth Market beside Jollibee going to San Isidro Rizal.
- From San Isidro terminal ride a trike going to Mascap we pay 50.00 each
- From barangay Mascap ride an off-road trike, and try to haggle with them for 300.00 or you can hike for almost 1.5 - 2 hours, the intersection located infront of Elementary school, the left road they call it "shortcut" where the locals always used when they need to walk going to Puray, just follow the wide trail and you will cross a river don’t worry about the trail because it is established and you can ask locals around the area if you are hesitant. and right road the off-road trike usually used, the road more steep and far.
- Take van from Cubao to Eastwood, Rodriguez, Rizal at Rodriguez, Rizal take a trike to Barangay Mascap. From barangay Mascap ride an off-road trike, and try to haggle with them for 300.00 or you can hike for almost 1.5 - 2 hours, the intersection located infront of Elementary school, the left road they call it "shortcut" where the locals always used when they need to walk going to Puray, just follow the wide trail and you will cross a river don’t worry about the trail because it is established and you can ask locals around the area if you are hesitant. and right road the off-road trike usually used, the road more steep and far.
Note: No registration fee or any fee going to Panas /Puray Falls
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