The Caririga River in Pili, Camarines Sur is quite interesting for waterfall lovers. Flowing down the slopes of Mt. Isarog, an hour’s hike, or depending on your gait, it’s possible to see eight waterfalls! Just imagine, eight cascades of different sizes and height and you get to enjoy one of Bicol’s wild areas! Best of all, its just close to Naga City.
The trail leads you to one of the undisturbed areas of Mt. Isarog, in Barangay Curry that is also historic in terms of events that happened in World War 2 with a commemorative marker. You start trekking at an elevated part of the barangay and when you do get to the edge of the forest, large stands of dipterocarps already mark the dirt path. You cross clear streams overshadowed by trees and vegetation that are perched on rocks.
The first waterfalls that you encounter is aptly called, Primera Falls, well, the first one, followed by Pandua, then Pantulo and so forth. Not really imaginative, hahaha, but these are small cascades with pools of cool waters fit for a swim.
Because of time constraint, we only swam in three: Primera, Slide and Balang Falls, with the last, the highest which were really great with the icy cold waters relieving tired legs and sweaty bodies. Along the trail, we encountered blood leeches, some river shrimps and even a small crab!
The trail is not that technical, except some parts after Primera and the opposite trail that goes down where the inclination is 70 to almost 90 degrees! But I loved it! It was part of an adventure that I purposely want! We did river trekking as well as climbing over boulders till we got to the last falls.
NOTE: Not shown below is Pan-lima Falls
Thanx to ACTO/Naga Excursions for making this trip possible. Check their website out for contact details and tour packages.