The seamless cascade of water from a high elevation to an otherwise peaceful body of water is an apple to weary eyes.Waterfalls provide a milder anticipation compared to mountain climbing but releases more adrenaline compared to island hoping. The dizzying height of waterfalls is an easy temptation to pulse seekers.
On March 4, 2017, I and five other friends took off from Cagayan de Oro City and traveled an estimate of more or less two hours to get to the City of Waterfalls- Iligan. We started our journey at 8 AM. However, we decided to go spelunking at Lasang Park in the municipality of Initao- an hour away from CDO.
This man-made forest park houses five mini caves. The last cave, leads directly to the sea. Isn’t that amazing?!
Monkeys also run free on the canopies and the occasional snake could be lurking idly by corners. You just have to be careful not to step on them. Rest assured though, because the entire park is safe and nothing poisonous or deadly will bite you.
Meandering through caves left our stomachs grumpy, so we headed to Ramen-ya for lunch. This Japanese-inspired restaurant is in Iligan City, and is quite near the bus station It’s the perfect spot for travelers who want to sate their Asian palette with superb and affordable Japanese cuisine.
Finally after the long sojourn, we have finally set our for Tinago- one of the most popular waterfalls in Iligan. Before reaching the bottom of this 73-meter waterfalls, you have to go down from 365 steps. The staircase itself is quite a challenge for taut muscles and full stomachs. Do not fret though, because everything is worth the trip once you caught sight of the majestic view of Tinago falls.
This day-tour may wear your bones, but it feeds your soul with the beautiful creations of God. The preparation was planned days ahead and the journey was tiring, but with good company and panoramic destinations, everything is worthwhile.
Models: Chenny Catalan, Melodina Villaflor and Teresa Absin