Jumping over boulders to reach Liktinon Falls

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The upper levels of Liktinon Falls as a boy, literally jumps or 'liktin'
The upper levels of Liktinon Falls as a boy, literally jumps or ‘liktin’

We were literally jumping or climbing over boulders that filled the riverbed in what supposed to be a short 15 minute trek to Liktinon Falls, with liktin, Hiligaynon for jump. But the trail was rather confusing. While me, a guide and another were leading the pack, we arrived first at the waterfalls, some of those with us got lost and they arrived almost an hour from the starting point.

Liktinon Falls, is a series of short cascades in Barangay Bayuyan in President Roxas, Capiz. What it lacks in height and volume, it compensates by means of beautiful cool pools for swimming. While the rest just stopped at the last level that has the best pool, I explored farther up.

The climb on the rocky surface is a bit challenging that I kind of regretted doing it but once I got passed that area and arrived where there were two opposite flows, I was rewarded with such a beautiful scenery of rocks and formations that have been carved by the running water for ages.

When I did finish photographing the upper levels, I went down and found that my companions had swam already and had eaten lunch. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to eat the river shrimp ceviche but feasted on adobong taklong, land snails that were sliced and cooked with vinegar, soy and some spices. Delicious.

The wonderful pool of Liktinon Falls ideal for swimming
The wonderful pool of Liktinon Falls ideal for swimming
Rocks in various forms and features carve by the running water over time
Rocks in various forms and features carve by the running water over time
Upper level of the waterfalls with another shallow pool
Upper level of the waterfalls with another shallow pool
Not really a waterfall but looks pretty under a canopy of trees
Not really a waterfall but looks pretty under a canopy of trees
One has to jump or climb over these boulders to reach the series of cascades
One has to jump or climb over these boulders to reach the series of cascades
Taklong, land snails that are edible and tastes good
Taklong, land snails that are edible and tastes good
Delicious adobong taklong, forest snails cut into bite sized pieces and cooked
Delicious adobong taklong, forest snails cut into bite sized pieces and cooked

Visitors to Liktinon Falls are obligated to hire a guide (P200) as the trail can be confusing and once you get to the boulders area, it can be difficult. I don’t recommend trekking here during the rainy season as flash floods can occur at the boulders. Check with the local government for assistance.

Liktinon Falls
Barangay Bayuyan
President Roxas, Capiz

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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