After the cave and the lake and the many beautiful things we experience, we then ventured to climb the mountain where Panganuron falls is situated, the thick forest of Camotes made the climb rather challenging, especially to flabby chaps like me!
I could be the only person being physically tested by the climb, since most of the people I was with were laughing their way up! Well, the trail to the falls provides glimpses of untouched natural beauty – so this at least relaxes my mind but not my foot which was already hurting. We pass over streams that are so clear that you would have to step on it to feel that there’s water that runs through it. Forest of wild bamboos, I never thought that they could grow as tall as buildings! There were snakes (some saw them but I did not) and a spider so gigantic that I’m certain that it catches little birds for a meal.
At some point during the hike, ravines suddenly showed up, revealing the height and the hazard of hiking these woods without knowledgeable Guide. It rained the day before so the forest floor was damp; there’s some section of the trail that has fallen straight to the streams below.
I don’t want to sound like I just scaled Mt Everest here, Panganuron is not hard to find and not hard to climb either (at least to some), and I’m sure that everyone would have great fun trying. It just so happen that the conditions were not dry but other than the challenges it presented, it was a simple climb but I would still suggest to get someone who knows the place.
Some 30 minutes has pass when all of a sudden, I started to hear the sound of big water drumming hard ground, it was thunderous, and the group erupted with joy, we finally reached our destination.
The falls is a popular destination in the islands but our Guide said that it has yet to be discovered by most of the islands visitors. Camotes’ resorts and beaches are so attractive and comforting that most tourists don’t go out of these resorts. I believe that this is where the local government comes in; they should start prioritizing ecotourism for Camotes’ as this would provide livelihood for the locals.
Viva las islas de Camotes!
Panganuron Falls is a located inPoro, Camotes.