Mindanao's Emerging Tourist Spot (Iligan City)

on northern mindanao at 4th budget diy solo backpck
october 2-4, 2010 saturday to monday

objective: to visit the best tourist spot that fits to my budget at limited amount of time.
additional tasks: to explore what filipino's don't know about this place

important note (lanao del norte):
Lanao del Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Northern Mindanao region. Its capital is Tubod. The province borders Lanao del Sur to the southeast, Zamboanga del Sur to the west, Illana Bay to the southwest, Iligan Bay to the north, Iligan City to the northeast, and is separated from Misamis Occidental by Panguil Bay to the northwest.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanao_del_Norte


maria cristina falls seen on the viewing deck


maria cristina falls seen on the viewing deck


DAY TWO:
ILIGAN CITY

iligan city, the city of majestic waterfalls, is the 2nd part of my road trip adventure. lanao del norte is known as the waterfalls collector because of its 22 counts.

most of them is found in iligan city and very accessible to tourist. the best of them is the high-power maria cristina falls which tagged as the 2nd highest waterfall in the philippines. Maria Cristina Falls is a waterfall of the Agus River on the island of Mindanao. It is sometimes called the "twin falls" as the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall. this falls is also used for hydro-electric plant by national power corporation and the area is a developing adventure location which they called NPC nature park. activities include, tree-top 640m zipline, wallclimbing, and future plans of kayaking and cable car. you can go there by taking a jeepney, fare cost only php7 from south terminal bound to buru-un and alight on a bridge after a river.


maria cristina falls of iligan city

maria cristina falls of iligan city

NPC nature park (tree-top zipline)

next stop was tinago falls, with 3-km distance jeepney ride, 10km ride habal-habal and a whooping 365 steps to descend (imagine a 365 steps to climb). this falls has a unique physical attributes of having wide part of mountain to have freshwater to fall. also, all personnel who wants to bath or just body-dip are required to wear a life-vest for safety. Tinago is a Filipino term meaning "hidden", the falls being hidden in a deep ravine. Trekking to the falls requires 365 descending steps called the winding staircase. The falls is high, its 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.


tinago falls of iligan city

tinago falls of iligan city

tinago falls of iligan city

lastly, the timoga spring which is located in between the 2 mentioned falls along the highway. ideal for aqua massage which is what i'm always longing when im with a waterfall. the current flowing is as the same drop as the ma. cristina, but the height differs greatly. Timoga Springs is a spring located at Timoga-Buru-un, in Iligan City, Philippines It is well-known for icy-cool and crystal-clear springs flowing freely to swimming pools of different sizes. There are around five spring resorts along the highway, which is easily accessible by land to all locals and tourists. The source of water of Timoga Springs comes from Lake Lanao in the only Islamic city in the Philippines-Marawi City, Lanao del Sur-which is 37 kilometers away.


timoga spring

timoga spring




2 comments:

  1. Tinago falls is really one of the most beautifull falls we have here in the Philippines. Actually there is another way to access Tinago falls but its a 500+ stairways. And dati merong resorts dyan and mini zoo.

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    1. @Ghienox; yan yung sa kabila yung kaharap lang ng 300+ steps, private property ata yun tsaka may bakod, hehe!! yung resort at zoo on the way naman ng 300+ steps, medyo ok p nga yung pool, sayang! napulitika daw ata!

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much of thanks for visiting the viewing deck ^_^

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