Luisiana, Laguna

“Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know everything happens for a reason.”

Luisiana, Laguna

Luisiana is a fourth class municipality in the province of Laguna. Locals call this town as the”Little Baguio” because of its high elevation and cooler climate. Most of the travellers have their own means of transportation but when you want to go there through a public transport, you can ride a bus from Manila to Sta. Cruz then a jeep ride from Sta. Cruz to Brgy. San Salvador, Luisiana (loo-sha-na).

From the registration area, you have to walk about 2-3 kilometers before you reach the start area of downhill trek. The road is still under construction so no vehicle is allowed.

Hulugan Falls

A waterfall is a place where water flows over a vertical drop or a series of drops in the course of a stream or river. Waterfalls are commonly formed in the upper course of the river. Hulugan  is just one one of the falls in Laguna.

From the road, you have to trek downhill around 1-2 hours depending on your speed and number of travellers before you reach the waterfalls. Visitors need to be extra careful because its very dangerous when you get out balance.

It advisable to go there during weekdays because of the enormous amount of visitors during weekend. One disadvantage is we have to wait for people to go uphill before we go down because there is only a single route and we cannot force them to be in a hurry because of the difficulty of the trail.

The falls is said to be between 65 to 70 meters high (213 to 230 feet). It is one of the tallest water falls in Laguna. Before you reach the site, a 1-2 hour needed trekking because it is situated in the middle of a mountain. For those who have health issues may need to think twice because the route is somehow difficult for non- climber. However, the experience is nice. I strongly suggest not to bring a lot of things because you will definitely have a hard time on the downhill part.

According to locals, this is not a natural water fall where most of the water comes from a river. The water is from an irrigation system from different rice fields in Laguna. The tour guides do not usually discuss the history of the falls because some of them do not actually know where the water is coming from. They are not also familiar with the history of the place.

According to the tour guide, the waterfall becomes huge during planting season. Simply because the rice fields needs more water to grow.

Breakdown

  • Alabang to San Pablo – 97 php
  • San Pablo City to Liliw  – 23 php
  • Liliw to  Majayjay – Tricycle 60-70 for 3-4 passengers and 50 php for solo passenger.
  • Majayjay to Luisiana – 23 php (Jeep Ride)
  • Luisiana Town to Brgy. San Salvador – 8 php (Jeep Ride)
  • Tricycle Ride from Bgry. San Salvador to the registration site – 10 php
  • Registration Fee – 15 php per head adult/child
  • Tour Guide – Ramon Estrabo (tip will depend on the traveler)

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Los Baños, Laguna

Laresio Lakeside Resort & Spa 

This new resort in Laguna just opened last April 2015. It is located at Alviar Compound, Purok 1-B, Brgy. Tadlac Los Baños, Laguna.

From Manila, you can ride a bus going directly to Los Baños or when you have a private car, you drive through South Luzon Express Way then Calamba Exit then going to Los Baños.

Alligator Lake?

The Alligator Lake or Tadlac Lake is located at Brgy. Tadlac. This is listed as an inactive volcano by Phivolcs. The lake is situated directly below the Northeastern slope of Mt. Makiling and has no outlet and is only replenished by rainfall.

The lake -filled Maar (broad, low relief volcanic crater caused by phreatomagmatic eruption or an explosion which occurs when underground water comes into contact with hot lava or magma.

The largest know maars are found in Seward Peninsula in Northwest Alaska.

Aligator Lake is considered as an oligotrophic lake, having low nutrient content and low algal production resulting in a very clear water with high drinking- water quality.

Laresio Lakeside Resort & Spa offers different packages depending on what kind of activity you want.

  • 32 feet cliff diving
  • 13 feet cliff diving
  • Balsa Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • 100 feet Slip and Dive
  • Vine Swing
  • Zip line
  • Wall Climbing
  • Rappelling

100 Ft Slip and Dive

This is one of the must try amenities of Laresio. This is a 100 feet slide towards the lake. This is very safe because it is wider than the usual pool slide. You will also be provided with a life jacket for non-swimmers.

I have tried Slip and Dive several times and its really amazing to experience this kind of slide.

32 ft Cliff Dive

Part of the package is to experience the 32feet cliff dive. This is the most highlighted part of the Laresio because it is the only resort that offers this kind of amenity.

If you ask if its scary?? Yes it is. I only jumped once and conquered my fear. Yes, it was really scary and after I jumped, I realized that I had fear of heights. It took me awhile to jump and did so many attempts.