The last time I visited Tinago falls was like two decades ago and that was my first. I was tagged along by my sister and her college friends and being a kid, I went along gleefully of the thought of seeing a waterfall in action.
Twenty years later, my girlfriend wanted to go to Tinago falls because the last time she went, was also years ago. So we went with some good friends (Ace, Gik, Sho, Denny) and three Gawad Kalinga people from Manila, who happily tagged along last weekend to get away from the scorching summer heat.
My blood pressure was on an all-time high for the past week, so I thought getting a dip with Tinago’s cold fresh water lagoon would help cool that off. I’m not so sure if it really helps, but I wanted to go none the less.
To make the short story even shorter in 4 numbers:
- We hired a passenger jeep Buru-un line – P1, 400 for the whole duration we were there and back to the city. (thanks to Ace for shouldering a bigger chunk of the fare).
- Took the Linamon route (there’s the other – Buru-un route but longer walking trail).
- Descended the long winding staircase (pretty challenging going back up unless you’re an athlete).
- Finally, became little children again beholding the enchanting Tinago falls.
Entrance – P5
Cottage – P50
Life vest – P20
Bamboo raft ride towards the foot of the waterfall – P10
Experience – Priceless
- Tinago Falls is 13.5 km from the city proper. You can get there in 30 minutes or less depending on traffic.
- There are two popular routes going to Tinago and two entrances going to the falls itself: Buru-un route and the Linamon route. Buru-un entrance has a longer walking trail compared to the Linamon entrance, but Tinago itself is located in Barangay Ditucalan. There’s a third route actually but that route is probably taken if you come from Ditucalan or Marawi City.
- It would be better to get there in a group so you can divide the fare for hiring a passenger jeepney if your opting to commute.
- The road going to Tinago is not exactly car friendly but if you have a pick-up truck, SUV, van, jeepney or any big wheeled vehicle then there’s no need for you to worry getting your bottom scraped.
- If there are only two or three of you and your on a tight budget then you can opt to commute by taking a jeepney going to Buru-un (just tell the jeepney driver your going to Tinago) then once your at Buru-un, take the Habal2x or motorcycle ride going to Tinago via Buru-un route. I think it’s somewhere around P40-P60 per person i think (used to be P20). The downside is that you’ll be taking the longer walking trail in the Buru-un side.
More info from wikipedia:
Tinago Falls is a waterfall in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Iligan, a city known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls.
Tinago is a Filipino term meaning “hidden”, the falls being hidden in a deep ravine. Trekking to the falls requires approximately 500 descending steps called the winding staircase.
The falls is high, its very cold waters cascading beautifully into a deep and calm basin-like pool which appears like a blue-colored lagoon. Under the falls is a small cave where people can enter and listen to the rumbling waters.
Yeah, we had a great time and we would love to get back to Tinago anytime soon. That’s a wrap! ^___^
p.s. the water shots were made possible through an underwater plastic camera case and a cpl filter. Most photos posted here were shot by my girlfriend, one shot from Gik2x and the rest by me using my girlfriend’s camera – Nikon 3000. The vintage feel of the photos were done by me.