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    Spent my Saturday night at Taytay Falls. I didn't know the place is icy cold, I was literally freezing. The falls is located in Brgy. Taytay, Majayjay, Laguna, thus the confusion - people would call it Taytay Falls or Majayjay Falls, sometimes Imelda Falls.

    It was raining when we arrived, which didn't stop until we left. Nonetheless, I had fun. I actually couldn't believe I was able to spend a night away in this place knowing that work is waiting for me at the office just the day after.

    We took a one hour jeepney ride from Sta. Cruz to Majayjay. The place may have been badly hit by the 2009 typhoons, this is what's left of their bridge:

    Commuters have to walk to the other side and take another ride to the town.


    We were there at around 2:00PM and the Brgy. Taytay-bound jeep has just left. We hired a tricycle for another 30 minute ride.

    We didn't bring tents, so we rented one of the (unfurnished) rooms here:


    View at the front yard:



    Below is the pathway leading to the falls. It's still about half a kilometer away.


    View from the top...



    The falls, at last!


    Breath of fresh air...


    It was raining and the water is extremely cold, most campers are actually staying in their tents. Despite us freezing, we stayed for at least 30 minutes and managed to take pictures under the rain.

    I'd say summer is the best time to visit the place.

    We left early the next morning. I saw the Majayjay church when we arrived the other day and I thought the trip wouldn't be complete without a stop over.

    The side entrance.



    I'm sure this is more than a century old structure. I am happy to see that they're actually trying to restore what is left.

    Impressed with the huge, massive walls!


    It was a breather... really.

    I wish I didn't have to go back to work.

    HOW TO GET THERE:

    Take a bus from Manila to Sta. Cruz. You often see them along EDSA. Hourly trip is available if you go to HM bus, their terminal is located in Cubao (near Victory). Manila to Sta. Cruz is about 3 hours. Get off the bus at the Sta. Cruz plaza.

    Jeepneys going to Majayjay are found along the Sta. Cruz Market. The jeep ain't leaving until it gets full, so you'll have to wait for a few minutes. You're lucky if you're the last passenger. Be bored for around 30 minutes more of travel time.

    UPDATE: Yes, THE BRIDGE going to Majayjay HAS BEEN FIXED!

    In Majayjay, you'll see "This way to Majayjay falls" signage everywhere. The people are friendly, you won't be having a hard time hiring a tricycle to bring you to Barangay Taytay (where the falls is!). But if you get there before 4PM, the last jeepney trip to Taytay may still be waiting for you.

    In Taytay, you'll be welcomed by some Barangay officials who'll ask you to register. They are more than happy to entertain your queries.

    Enjoy the icy cold waters of Taytay, err Majayjay Falls!

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    26 comments:

    1. lucas said...
       

      yan pala ang majayjay falls. ilang beses na kaming nagplano na pumunta dyan pero di matuloy-tuloy. taga-laguna ako pero sobrang layo niyan sa amin...pero sa tingin ko magiging sulit naman. i love falls!

    2. Ronnie said...
       

      it's good to hear that you had fun. kailangan talaga natin lagi ng breather. have a great week!

    3. Ely said...
       

      @lucas, 1hr from Sta. Cruz, plus 30mins from Majayjay. Medyo malayo nga pero hindi ko masyado naramdaman. Sulit naman., hehehe. Mas ok pa sana kung hindi nun umuulan.


      @Ronnie, yes!!! I wish I could do this every weekend. hehehe

    4. aajao said...
       

      i WILL someday go there! wifey has been there for a good number of times already. hindi pa kami mag-asawa nun. nung kinasal na kami, nawala na ang social life nya. LOL. haha!

      kidding aside, maganda pala talaga dyan ano? at mahaba nga ang lakbayin bago makarating sa falls? hehe ang ganda. papunta dyan malamang dumaan kayo dito sa may amin sa Rizal? ;)

    5. Ely said...
       

      @aajao, nawalan ng social life dahil sayo? hehehe. Malayo nga, pero sa Laguna to ha, hindi Taytay, Rizal. Hehehe. Confusing ba.

    6. _ice_ said...
       

      wow sarap ganda naman jan...

      naku kaso wala na me sa manila.. dito na em sa davao..

      next time na lng..

    7. Ely said...
       

      @ice, madami naman maganda puntahan dyan sa Davao ah. Baka andyan team namin this March.

    8. the spool artist said...
       

      whoa! i've lived in luzon for years before, but there's definitely a wealth of places i haven't gone! majayjay is definitely one of them. the church alone is a great reason to go.

    9. Honney said...
       

      Hi, Ely! How's work? LOL.

      Haven't been to Taytay Falls. I was surprised na may ganyan pala kagandang falls malapit sa Maynila. Sino kasama mo pumunta? Hehe.

    10. Ely said...
       

      @the spool artist, you're right!

      @honney, Mga barkada ko sa Laguna. at sa Laguna to ha, hindi Taytay Rizal, hehehe. Musta naman ang pagbblog? Dami na naman opps?!?

    11. Chyng said...
       

      Intersting place, pwede i-day trip! Ü

    12. Ely said...
       

      @chyng, hmmmm...pwede rin!

    13. moonsparks said...
       

      wow, over the weekend lang talaga to? ayos a. ok na bakasyon para ready na ulit for another week of work. yan ang nami-miss ko, na pwede ka talagang mag-out-town pag trip mo. dito, wala ka talagang mapuntahan. hay.

      interesting yung church ha? ang ganda talaga ng mga ganitong old structure na kahit papaano, nape-preserve pa. sana maalagaan.

    14. the donG said...
       

      ive never been there. we just passed by once but really never had the chance to drop by.

      keep up the travel posts.

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    16. Ely said...
       

      @moonsparks, and i plan to this everyweek, hehehe. I do really like the church too! It looks so huge!

      @the dong, thanks! Not as magnifiscent as Pagsanjan, but the trip was worth it.

    17. Blogger EJ said...
       

      Nice pics. I miss being able to convene with nature.

    18. fufu said...
       

      wow... a nice place!!

    19. reyna elena said...
       

      wow! really nice! reminded me of rained down tour we did one time in sorsogon!

      BTW, love the music!

    20. Ely said...
       

      @ Blogger EJ, nature mesmerizes me...

      @Fufu, thanks!

      @reyna elena, talaga? yan theme song ko ngaun. Hehehe

    21. Anonymous said...
       

      thanks for sharing your trip. I just like to ask what is the easiet way to get there. Ok na ba yung bridge?

    22. Ely said...
       

      @anonymous, I don't think gawa na yung bridge now...

    23. Anonymous said...
       

      hi..i totally agree with you guys...the place is awesome...i even cried nung andun kmi sa my ilalim ng falls mismo...we spent our weekend sa place ng friend q and yes...hindi p gawa ung bridge until now pero being there was a great experience to all of us...you really can't contain it...you will trully appreciate the beauty of God's creation..=D

    24. Ely said...
       

      @anonymous, tnx for the update! Umiyak ka talaga? Hehehe. Ako kasi I was at my happiest at that time. I had no idea, it's gonna end soon after.

    25. marvin said...
       

      Hi po, ask ko lang kung ganun pa rin po yung entrance fee (P30/ head) & nagpapa-rent pa rin po ba sila ng tent (how much po) dun, kasi i've been there 3x but that was 2005-2007 pa, & I'm planning to go back there with my friends..thanks for blogging this.


      -marvin

    26. Ely said...
       

      @marvin, hmmm... i think 20 pesos na yung entrance fee. Di ko sure kc ndi ako nagbayad eh. hehehe. We didn't ask if there are tents for rent kasi kumuha kami ng room. But I'm quite sure they still do, hindi ko nga lang alam kung magkano.

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