Mountain Trekking at Mangyan Village and Talipanan Falls
DIY Travel Guide to Talipanan Falls and Mangyan Village
Talipanan Beach, Oriental Mindoro
www.deville.com [June 2012]
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April 2012. Mindoro Island has always been a sure-fire destination having a strategic location, bound from island to island – it’s an easy access for travelers and adventurers. Standing next to Batangas Pier, there’s a lot of areas to explore and re-visit. I disagreed with some who say that Puerto Galera has lost its luster. We’ve been in Puerto Galera and some areas in Mindoro since way back 2000. There are actually new resorts that were developed and why local and foreign tourists keep coming back.
Puerto Galera Island Hopping Includes Snorkeling, Underwater Cave, Fish Feeding, Giant Clam Shell, Sandbar
photo by: Ranelle Dial
This year, we’re back home in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. From the pier, we headed first to Talipanan, Puerto Galera. Bamboo House Resorts staff will offer you an island hopping activity, body massage or hiking around Barangay Talipanan. We tried them all! 🙂
From the resort, we took an hour of hiking going with one resort staff as our guide to Talipanan Falls. We made our entry to Mangyan Village, crossing rivers, uphill trekking to the virgin forest of Talipanan. Our guide told us that by next year, the local government will install handrails on steep areas of the mountain and they will charge tourists minimal entrance fees..
photo by: Ranelle Dial
The Talipanan Falls seemed easy to handle as I thought so, we had a teenage boy as our guide, he could hop and jump around the uphill rocks and ravine as if he was just playing. And we were like this looks like an above-average difficult level. 🙂 I remember our Mount Makiling trekking to mud river, it has slippery ravines. Yes I get exhausted that time in Makiling as I was trying to help a chubby kid climbing a mountain wearing very slippery sneakers. But in Talipan Falls, the trails are just a foot away to a deep, narrow gorge, minus the mud – I find it easier to navigate uphill, you have to hold on the wall’s tree roots, boulders and not the tree branches to balance yourself out on steep trails .
On the way, you’ll cross a number of water streams, climb the boulders and slide on it. By the way, our grandparents and kid were with us, they had no choice but to wait instead for a smaller waterfall situated in the hills area we’re we had to hold on a rope and rappel.
Reaching the Talipanan Falls, it’s not really made of impressive beauty, but what makes it beautiful is because of its untainted condition. What’s amusing was the waterfall basin was not that big and deep, you can actually spend a hydro massage direct from the waterfalls.
By the way, Bamboo House Beach charged us PhP50 (approx. $1.25) per head for the service of the tour guide. We were 8 in the family, not bad after all, it’s always best to give tips to locals. Going down wet, we slid every boulder we came across. Our next stop was – a cravings for heavy seafood lunch at Dreamwave, White Beach and a few swims and then head to Island Hopping.
Peak seasons are from March to May, October to December
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