Monday, June 27, 2011

Mantayupan Falls, Barili, Cebu

Nestled in the mountains of Barangay Campangga, Barili Cebu is a beautiful reflection of God's creative wonders - the Mantayupan Falls.  
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)



From Cebu city one will have to travel for about two hours or less to reach Barangay Poblacion in the Municipality of Barili.  Before reaching the Bus terminal in Barili or the Shamrock Building you will find the Sta. Ana Museum.  From there you will see a sign on the road - 'Mantayupan Falls - This Way'.  In this area you can ride a tricycle or a motorcycle (habal-habal).  You'll have to take a left turn then travel for about 5 minutes going past the Barili Public Market until you reach Barangay Campangga and another signage will assure you that you're on the right track.   Another travel of 1.7 kms from the main road of Barangay Campangga will lead to you to this refreshing oasis where majestic mountains will greet you.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
But before you'll reach the entrance to the falls, you will have to pass by an area where you can do tilapia fishing.  You can also do horseback riding for just P50.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
A distance away is the entrance to the Mantayupan Falls.  But you can't see the falls yet.  
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Cars may be parked outside the main entrance for a fee of P20 for any 4 wheeled vehicle and P10 for motorcycles.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
You'll notice that on the left side before the main entrance to the Mantayupan Falls is a Via Crucis or Way of the Cross going to the mountains. We didn't check the place as we are too excited already for the Mantayupan Falls.  The place is also a Birds and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Entrance Fees.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
You can rent out tables and chairs for picnics.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
or even a room made of nipa good for 2 persons or maximum of 4 where you can spend the night for just P500.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
There is a restaurant right after the main entrance - the CAMPCO Eco Top Grill,
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
where you can find a videoke bar for the music lovers. You can order some food s here but visitors usually bring their own foods so this area is less frequented. One can also buy souvenir shirts here.  Outside the restaurant you can buy some native delicacies like bibingka, piñato and some rice cakes.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
One will have to pass through this canopy of trees before you'll have a glimpse of the Mantayupan Falls.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Isn't that lovely?
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Oh, i though this was it? I wonder why my companions kept on walking  right through this narrow foot bridge?
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
It's a bit scary but not for long when you'll see this magnificent view of the Mantayupan Falls,
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
and some great rock formations.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
I thought there must be something else up there as we climbed these steps.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
and lo and behold!! This was it!! Why did nobody ever told me that there are two falls in Mantayupan.  What a sight!  
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
The first waterfall, the tallest in Cebu apparently measures 98 meters or 321.518 feet.  This is a plunge-cataract type of waterfall because of its large and powerful volumes of water.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
The second waterfall which we passed earlier measures just 14 meters or 45.9312 feet.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Mantayupan Falls just captivated me.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
The moment i laid my eyes on her, i fell in love immediately.  My camera just can't stop clicking as if every corner is worth the keeping.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
The water was so inviting.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Refreshingly cool.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Although the rocks were very slippery, my Crocs were just ever dependable. It advisable to wear the right kind of footwear in this place.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
This area was underwater before.  But then it was developed and a dike was built so the waters will flow sideways thus creating an open space in the middle where visitors can stay and have picnic.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
As it was Sunday, many people flock to the Mantayupan falls to cool themselves amidst the scorching heat of the midday sun.  Some came from as far as Manila. There were a lot of foreigners too.  A group of bikers just passed by to refresh themselves.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
We took our lunch beside the waterfall, under these gorgeous rocks, with the waters running through our feet.  
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
The typical Cebuano picnic. You can actually choose where your tables and chairs be located, as long as it does not block the way. So cool. So laidback, so relaxing.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
This was the designated place where you can grill your foods for a fee of P20.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Though it was a hot day, it still felt very cool as the winds blew some waters from the falls producing a mist-rain-like atmosphere in the area.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
It was very scary to go near the main waterfalls because of the strong rapids and the enormous volumes of water flowing down.  Although one can really go near it because a rope is attached to both sides where one can hold unto. A "gaket" or a float made of bamboo can also be used to go near the plunge (it was not available that day though).  So we decided to go down to the second waterfalls.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
And we did have the chance to be where the water actually plunge.  
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
It was a very satisfying experience.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
I've been trying to look for the best position to capture the three plunge or drop (whatever it is called) of the second Mantayupan falls but i couldn't 'coz the rocks were so slippery. 
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
But i just savored every moment.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Across is some water reservoir where one can take a final bath or "henaw-naw".
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
On our way up, we noticed a small cave like opening by the stairs.  So we took some pictures.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
And moving some steps higher, we learned that it was indeed a cave - Ambakan Cave.  But it was very creepy to get inside because the mouth of the cave was very small.  Ahh maybe next time.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
So we just went on back to the first waterfall, and we met this monkey who we didn't notice earlier.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
We just couldn't get enough of the cold waters of the Mantayupan Falls, so we took another dip.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
There are dressing rooms or changing rooms available for free.  There are also comfort rooms near the restaurant wherein you'll have to pay P2 everytime you have to use it.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
As we went home, i've noticed that the waters from the falls goes through a canal where it goes directly to the farms for irrigation.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
The Mantayupan Falls actually produced electricity for the Municipality of Barili through a mini hydro power plant in the area.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
I also learned these info from the streamer right outside the entrance.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
The Mantayupan Falls actually originated from a spring in Bagakay.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
The water from the spring flows down across several barangays in Barili.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
The ricefields in Barangay Campangga is irrigated by the waterfalls.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Live tilapia fishing farms is located adjacent to the Mantayupan Falls.  This is where the horseback riding is also located.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
I was tired swimming, walking through the rocky grounds and climbing up and down the stairs but it was all worth the experience.
Mantayupan Falls, Campangga, Barili (Cebu, Philippines)
Mantayupan Falls you had me at hello. . .


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

is it safe for the kids to swim there? where u mentioned the rocks are so slippery...

Khear@lot for sale in Philippines said...

Wow! What a great falls. Cebu was really had a lot of wonderful places to offer. By looking at your photo it seems that you really had a great time. I once visit Cebu and we are planing to visit again with my friends. Thank you.

Bai Rai said...

thanks khaer@lotforsale. a must visit in Cebu without incurring a lot of cost..

Anonymous said...

it is not definitely safe for kids to swim in the first falls coz its deep n slippery. but in the second falls or the bigger falls kids could swim there as there are lots of shallow areas but still you can't leave them unguarded..

Anonymous said...

with regards to the adjacent park, the P50 "horseback riding" is actually less than 5 minutes of sitting on a horse while someone leads the horse along a short route. just a clarification, as i inquired at the desk and was promised 15 minutes and was supposedly allowed to ride freely, but only got to sit on the horse for about 3 minutes following one route for only one round. plus, the stable boy was very rude. definitely not worth the P70 entrance and P50 fee.

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