There is always something exciting about trekking… Trekking that is to get to a certain magical place. It always feels like the trek is the work we put in in order to get the reward, the magical place. Well in this case, the work isn’t too much, a 20 minute hike in an easy to follow trail of cemented pathway, dirt, wooden bridges and a few stony river crossings are all the “obstacles” on the way. If that has discouraged you already, remember that it is only for 20-30mins. With the proper gear and companion/s, you will reach your reward quicker, still energized and fresh. The reward is astonishingly captivating, remarkable, and worth it. The reward is The Falls of Ditumabo. Ditumabo falls is also known as The Mother falls by many local residents.
With that being said, let us go through a quick review on what to expect when embarking on an adventure to Ditumabo Falls.
Ditumabo Falls is located in Brgy Ditumabo, San Luis which is about 30 minute drive from Costa Pacifica Resort in Baler. It is one of the major attractions when visiting Baler.
Upon arrival to the area heading to Ditumabo Falls, the cemented road will come to an end and you will be forced to go on rough road. You may continue with your vehicle or you may also hire a tricycle. Be advised that this road is very bumpy and it would be a lot easier if you arrange for a van. Going with a trike might leave you with a few leg bruises and head bumps. This rough road is about 1km until you reach the spot where you will begin to set on foot.
There is no entrance fee to see the falls. At the beginning of the trek however, you will be asked to register your names for monitoring purposes.
During the whole trek towards Ditumabo Falls, I have classified the 4 different types of paths you will go through. These are the dirt path, cemented path, wooden bridges, and stony river crossings. I have witnessed a lot of visitors going with flip flops and sandals on. Though this may work for some, I personally prefer going with a pair of socks and sneakers. This has protected us from slips and injuries along the way and it has quickened our trek to the falls.
Somewhere along the path, there is an old lady that is collecting donations after crossing a wooden bridge. She says that they have built the bridge and that they own the area of land tourists pass by after the bridge. While she was picking up some trash left by some mindless visitors, we struck conversation with her. She was pleasant and sweet. To all future visitors, please be nice. 🙂
After a few more minutes of trekking in dirt, cement, wooden bridges and stony rivers…., aha! We have finally reached the Mother Falls. An astonishing sight of strength, peace and tranquility greets you as you move in closer to feel its force. Upon seeing it, we hurriedly took off our wet socks and shoes, stripped I our shirts, and ran towards the water. The water was ice watery cold and clear and the wind force generated by the pressure of falling water was just amazingly powerful.
Sneak Peak at Ditumabo Falls: