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AURORA - Trekking to DITUMABO FALLS in the Town of San Luis (AKA Mother Falls)

Ditumabo Falls san Luis Aurora
Certainly, Aurora province is rich in natural resources. So rich, you'll never run out of things to explore. So, for my 3rd and supposedly last day in Baler, I was brought by my friends to Ditumabo falls, locally referred to as the Mother falls. Located in Brgy. Ditumabo in the town of San Luis, Ditumabo Falls one of the major attractions of the province. According to some locals, it's the biggest waterfalls in the province so it gets the name mother falls.

Ditumabo Falls san Luis Aurora

HOW TO GET TO DITUMABO FALLS


Going to Dimutabo Falls is easy. From Baler, hire a tricycle to Brgy. Ditumabo and alight at the national road. Another option is to drive a motorcycle which could navigate from the national road all the way to the hydroelectric power plant. It will cut the trekking time to almost half, otherwise if you'll be on public transportation, the trek starts from the national road. Total trekking time is about an hour.

Ditumabo Falls san Luis Aurora
Ditumabo Falls san Luis Aurora
Upon reaching the power plant, we left the motorcycles on the parking space and prepared to cook our lunch. While waiting, we had some booze at one the cottages by the riverside. This is also the first time I've tasted Baler's ensaladang pako which complements with every shot of Emperador that we had. Hahaha!

Ditumabo Falls san Luis Aurora
Ditumabo falls is still 1.3 KM away from the power plant. So we started the short trek to the waterfalls after finishing our lunch. As experienced mountaineers, it's just an easy “walk in the park” thing. Hahaha!

Ditumabo Falls San Luis Aurora
The lush vegetation welcomed us as we start the trek. There's also a river and some rock formations that needs to be crossed. The current is strong and I have to battle it as I pull myself to the other side. Small waterfalls are also a sight to behold along the way.

Ditumabo Falls San Luis Aurora
Ditumabo Falls San Luis Aurora
Until we reached the point where there is a concrete pathway that leads a dam and to the waterfalls. Indeed, the trek to Ditumabo falls is an added treat in itself.

Ditumabo Falls San Luis Aurora
Ditumabo Falls San Luis Aurora
Ditumabo Falls San Luis Aurora
A magnificent sight of the stunning Ditumabo falls greeted our group. At a height of 140 feet, I think this is the highest waterfalls I've seen so far. You’ll feel like it’s raining around the area because of the strong current of water rushing from the top.

Ditumabo Falls San Luis Aurora
Ditumabo Falls San Luis Aurora
Taking pictures is a bit hard as the splashes of water kept on ruining our cameras' lenses. Some of us savor the view and snapped on some pictures while the others took a dip and enjoyed the clear and cold water at the basin.

Ditumabo Falls San Luis Aurora
Ditumabo Falls San Luis Aurora
Ditumabo Falls San Luis Aurora
Even with the dam constructed by the hydroelectric company, the grandeur of the Ditumabo Mother falls is still breathtaking. The wide basin and the huge imposing cliffs on both sides are superb work of nature. Truly, nature at it's best!


Ditumabo Falls is an enthralling sight to behold and certainly worth a visit. After a while, we decided to trek back as I am scheduled to leave for Manila at 6:00 PM (which I missed... Hahaha!).



My 4-day "love affair" with Aurora happened last June 11-14, 2011. Here's a series of posts on what transpired during my stay in a province that I quickly have fallen in love with. This is my 4th solo trip and 27th province on my list.
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32 comments :

IamDP said...

aurora is such a mystical place... I had a chance to visit dingalan I was amazed with their water....

tina said...

Wow! I am beginning to fall in love with the waterfalls! I want to visit this place din! :D Ganda! Thanks for sharing! :D

Aleah said...

The falls look so beautiful! Did you go to Baler just for that?

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@IamDP - wow! i heard from my friends na maganda nga din sa Dingalan... Sa Baler, Maria Aurora and San Luis lang ako nakapunta... :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@tina - sobrang nice talaga nung falls... Thanks Tina! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Aleah - no po... i also went swimming and visited other spots... hehehe! thanks Aleah! :)

lakwatsera de primera said...

Another waterfalls to chase :) uso din pala dyan ang ensaladang paco gaya sa Banahaw.

Leave the Cube said...

dami palang falls dyan... ganda ng picture nung Mother Falls =). I also like the picture na parang walking on water un isang lalaki. hehe.

killerfillers said...

Eto ang di namin napuntahan..another reason kung bakit kelangan bumalik ng Aurora.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@lakwatsera de primera - yeah, abundant kc ang pako sa area... Thanks Claire! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Leave the Cube - yeah, this is the biggest waterfalls sa province... thanks po! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Tripper10 - thank you... hope you could visit also visit it... :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@killerfillers - ay sayang naman... ayan, may reason ka na para bumalik... hehehe!!! thanks thanks! :)

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

For non trekers, madali lang kaya yung last kilometer to the falls?

Nabasa ko kasi dati mahirap daw kaya di kami tumuloy jan nung last nag baler kami..

good job btw! =]

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Christian | Lakad Pilipinas - sabi nga ng mga friends ko mahirap nga daw before... but since may concrete pathway na that encases the water pipe, madali na lang cya... ang mahirap na lang dyan is yung river crossing, especially pag malakas ang current... kayang-akay nyo yan! mag water proof nalang kayo ng mga camera nyo... :)

Ramona Andresa said...

Aurora's Mother Falls is mesmerizing! Ganda. I remember back home we also had this falls, Tinuy-an.Because of its vastness, our town prides it as the Niagara falls of the Philippines. Being in the falls is like being one with nature. The splashes of cool water. The greenery everywhere. The rocks. The strong current. Sarap.

dong ho said...

ang linis ng tubig. kakamiss tumawid sa mga ilog at tulay.

saya niyo ah.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Ramona Andresa - thanks Ramona... hope to visit Tinuy-an falls on my visit to Bislig in November... :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@dong ho - yeah, super linis ng tubig... hehehe! thanks Dom! :)

Anonymous said...

sobrang ganda talaga sa Aurora... I remember Ditumabo, when I was in High School we visited that falls ... sobra hirap ng daan, pero ngayon madali na siya puntahan... na miss ko tuloy yang lugar na yan... thanks for posting...

Bonzenti [Con Tour] said...

Ganda talaga ng Falls ano mervz. Adventure talaga sa trekking pa lang. You can feel the power of its current as it plunges down below the river stream....Ang pinaka adventure an yong emperador.....hehehe.:-).

Ed said...

gusto kong pumunta ng falls uli. grabe mervz. ikaw na talaga ang adventurista! :D

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Anonymous - yeah, mas maganda na nga ang daan ngayun compared to before... thanks po...

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Bonzenti [Con Tour] - ahahaha!!! Emperador is the best! lolz!!! thanks po... hehehe! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Ed - i'm sure, mag head stand ka dyan... hehehe! thanks Ed! :)

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous Ditumabo falls ang ganda mo, how i wish i could be with you again, dyan kami madals noong mga bata pa kami, si tito, tanonong, marlito, unti, eto at iba pa, marami pa kayang pilisyokin dyan?

Anonymous said...

let us joined our hands together to protect and conserved Ditumabo falls, it is our last belonging

mark said...

oh my oh my!!! really love falls kahit na di marunung lumanguy =D

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@mark - same here... hehehe! thanks Mark! :)

elainespillsit said...

Yay, Sir! This is just beautiful! Ask ko lang po ulit if the trek is dangerous, and kung ma-cliff po ba or what. Hehe sensya dami tanung. Nagsstart pa lang po kasi ako magtravel. Very newbie to you guys' adventurous world. :) And yes, hoping to explore the beauty of Philippines, too. :D

Pinoy Adventurista said...

madali lang po cya.. ang mahirap lang dyan is yung river crossing... depende sa current ng river...

meeh-meeh said...

Been there last may 1. Sobrang ganda pala tlga ng Mother Falls. Work of God at its best. ☺
Had a dip sa napakalamig na tubig. Really tried to get there kahit 50 years old na ko. Di na nga lng nkpagpicture-taking. Takot kc mabasa ang cel & cam. ��
Sa mga newbies and wannabies, kayang-kaya nyo yan marating! ��

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