The famous Tangadan Falls, a hidden gem located at San Gabriel, La Union, the town just after the famous surfing area of San Juan. A place for trekking, cliff diving and of course swimming.
It was a holiday and since my birthday is coming up we decided to go on a short trip to Tangadan Falls. We woke up early at around 3am and headed to San Gabriel La Union at 4 in the morning. From Baguio through Naguilian Road it is a 2-3 hour drive via private car.
We reached the parking area, well actually front yards of the the people living near the starting point of the hike, at around 7am. It took us this long because we had a couple of stops, eating breakfast and buying water for our trek. They charged us 50 pesos as parking fee. Also people around would be asking you if you already have a guide. We actually went with our 2nd cousin who lives near the area, so we didn’t need a guide. Not sure about how much they would charge people, but I think they charge per person. By the way they don’t require people to have tour guides, if you want to go and follow your heart, lol! go! But i recommend getting one since the river can be quite confusing. The route started with a short walk through the fields.
Then the long walk through and across the rivers started. It was a fun trek, going up and down large boulders, jumping from one rock to the other, crossing rivers and walking through very narrow paths (one wrong step and you’re in the water, LOL). It is a very hot place so if you’re planning to go here prepare your skin with a lot of sunblock and a lot of cover. hahaha!
After sometime walking you would reach a forest area, it has a couple of small trees more of bamboos and bushes.
Then you’ll reach the diving area, it’s quite breathtaking you’ll feel that the hike is worth it.
But then it is not yet the end of the long hike, Eventually you’ll find yourself near the river again.
A little bit more hike and you’ll reach the breathtaking Tangadan Falls. The hike would last up to 1-2 hours depending on your group’s speed and also on how many stops you make just to take pictures. haha! Near the falls you would see a couple of bamboo huts, they will cost you 400 pesos if you get one, but just like us you can just place your bags in one place and it wouldn’t get lost. LOL! The waterfalls is really beautiful, I think it is 40 ft fall from the top. Tourists are not allowed to cliff dive in this area because it is quite dangerous. You can hire one of the bamboo rafts to go under the waterfalls and have a back massage, hehe! They charged us 200 pesos for an hour but I think it also depends on the number of people. Also for people like me who doesn’t know how to swim you can hire life vests for 50 pesos.
By the way, the rocks submerged in the water are very slippery so be careful! We swam around the area for awhile before we decided to eat merienda. And then we swam some more and decided to leave.
I just wish that the local government would try to preserve the area, because people are already building a lot of bamboo huts near the falls and it defeats the purpose of hiking and being one with nature. haha! ano daw?!
But nevertheless the place was really worth the long hike, it was a breathtaking place to go to and I recommend that thrill seekers and nature lovers go there! It is a very beautiful place!
Here’s a short clip taken with Xiaomi Yi action camera:
That’s it guys! ‘Til the next lakwatsa…