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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