The first time I visited Hulugan Falls, I had no idea about the existence of Talay Falls. After a tiring trek and when I was about to get home, resting a little at Kapitan Ramon’s house drinking a bottle of soda to quench my thirst, that’s when the guide Kuya Larry and Kapitan Ramon mentioned about Talay Falls, to my dismay. Especially that they said it was just about half an hour trek.
What?!? Why did you tell me just now?
I took my time appreciating the beauty of Hulugan Falls knowing that after all the hardwork and the aching muscles brought about by the climb, I am to go home and should be able to enjoy the comfort of my bed. Home is a little more than an hour away from Luisiana, anyway.
If I only knew that there’s Talay Falls nearer than Hulugan Falls from the jump-off, I would have allotted time to visit it.
Oh well, there’s always a next time. And just like how I always convince myself whenever I fail to visit a promising destination, I told myself, “Now, I have reason to go back”.
To which I did. This time, though, I’m not solo. I went with friends. One who is considering this visit her birthday climb, and the other who’s satisfying his itchy feet.
I was surprised to the number of people visiting Hulugan Falls. The first time I went there, I was alone with one group of people. Now, they’re everywhere. Congestion is apparent and cannot be ignored.
I specifically asked our guide to bring us to Talay Falls as this was what I missed the last time. The waterfall is not as grand as Hulugan Falls, but it sure does have its own charm. Upstream is another falls which is still part of Talay Falls, to which the visitors started calling Hidden Falls for reason I do not know. Suddenly there’s Hidden Falls when it was just Talay Falls before the people started flocking the site.
Fronting Talay Falls is the perfect place to have lunch. Bamboo seats and table were setup for the visitors to utilize.
Like Hulugan Falls, expect that the trek to Talay Falls is muddy and wet. Bring a dependable hiking shoes or sandals, they will be your bestfriend during the whole trip.
• Bring trekking shoes or sandals with grooves that will work against muddy trails. Trekking pole may also come handy.
• Bring water. Believe me, you will need it. Kapitan Ramon’s house, which serve as the registration area, is also a small store that sells bottled drinks.
• If you are coming from Manila, leave early to avoid getting stuck in traffic. Once you are out of Manila, travel should be smooth and continuous.
• Brgy. San Salvador is the next barangay after Cavinti. They have installed tarpaulins to avoid people getting lost. There’s usually a ‘konduktor’ on jeeps plying the Luisiana-Cavinti road so do not hesitate to ask them.
How to Get There
There are two ways to get to Luisiana, Laguna. The first one is via SLEX. The other one is via Manila East Road.
Via Bus (Total travel time: 3hours 20mins. Total Fare: P165)
There are several bus companies that can take you to Sta. Cruz Laguna from Taft in Manila or Cubao in Quezon City. Fare is P140. Travel time is approximately 3 hours.
Once in Sta. Cruz, hail a jeep heading to Lucena. The jeepney passes right in front of the bus terminal. Ask the driver to drop you off Brgy. San Salvador. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Fare is P25.
Manila East Road
Via Bus (Total travel time: 3hours 20mins. Total Fare: P133-P158)
Legarda plies the length of Manila East Road from Legarda. You can take the bus to Famy in Laguna. Fare is P103 from Legarda for 2 hours. You can then transfer to either AH Bus to Lucban (Hourly. P30 for 1 hour) or a jeep to Sta. Cruz then alight in front of Pagsanjan church (P38 for 40 mins). Then transfer to the jeepney going to Lucena and alight at Brgy. San Salvador (P20 for 30 mins).
Via Jeep 1 (Total travel time: 2hours 55mins. Total Fare: P141)
Jeep to Siniloan is found in front of Robinsons Malls in Junction, Cainta. Fare is P83 for 1hr45mins. You can then transfer to jeep to Sta. Cruz then alight in front of Pagsanjan church (P38 for 40 mins). Then transfer to the jeepney going to Lucena and alight at Brgy. San Salvador (P20 for 30 mins).
Via Jeep 2 (Total travel time: 3hours 510mins. Total Fare: P150-P165)
Alternatively, you can take the jeep to Tanay, Rizal from Crossing in Mandaluyong, or anywhere along Ortigas Ext, then transfer to jeep going to Siniloan located at the terminal (1 hour for P45-P60). Travel time from Tanay to Siniloan is 1 hour for P47. Then from Siniloan, transfer to a jeep to Sta. Cruz then alight in front of Pagsanjan church (P38 for 40 mins). Then transfer to the jeepney going to Lucena and alight at Brgy. San Salvador (P20 for 30 mins).