The Magical Tinago Falls, Iligan City
One of the most memorable places which I’ve visited in my recent vacation to Iligan City is our trip to Tinago Falls. I was truly amazed by the beauty of the falls, no doubt Iligan City is dubbed as the City of Majestic falls.
Tinago Falls is one of the beautiful if not the most beautiful waterfall in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte in the southern Philippine , Mindanao. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Iligan and one of the most visited falls in the city.In fact, Tinago was one of the location which was featured in the movie ” Forever and a Day” which starred by KC Concepcion and Sam Milby.
Tinago is a Filipino term meaning “hidden”, the falls being hidden in a deep ravine. Trekking to the falls includes approximately 445 descending steps which the locals called the winding staircase. The “going down” was relatively easy, but the “going up” was really a challenge. For senior citizens going into the falls could be difficult. In fact going down the falls are not advised for the hypertensive or people with a heart problem. Otherwise, they are advised to take a rest in between.
The falls is high, with an elevation of approximately 420 feet cascades. The very cold waters cascading beautifully into a deep and calm basin-like pool which appears like a blue-colored lagoon. Under the falls is a small cave where people can enter and listen to the rumbling waters. I didn’t attempt to go inside the cave as I am not familiar with the place.
As we approached the foot of the mountain, the magical paradise was unveiled little by little. And finally, when you have full sight of the falls, you will surely be refreshed.
I truly enjoyed the Tinago falls. The water alone were so inviting and the sight and sounds of the children diving and swimming and having fun in the bamboo raft were very enticing. The rentals and entrance were very cheap as well so I took all the opportunity I had to enjoy the place.
Visiting Tinago Falls was very rewarding and while the place is quite far from the city I vow to return and bring more of my friends who have never been there.
Tinago Falls, you’re a perfect “Happy Trip!”
How to get there:
By jeepney: From the city proper, take a Buru-un route jeepney. Ask the jeepney driver to drop you at the Buru-un Market (or talipapa). From there, take a motorcycle and ask the driver to take you to Tinago Falls.
Habal-Habal/ Motor Ride: Php30/person
Public Utility Vehicles: Taxi (fare: 250-350Php, from city proper to the highway or to the Tinago Falls Resorts, depending on agreed fare with the driver)
Or you can call the City Tourism Office to provide you a tour guide at Tel No: (063)221-3426