|Humuyyo Falls, the tallest cascade in the Bontoc municipality|
A few months ago, I created an art map of Bontoc perchance to help in promoting the province. Well, there's a raft of difference between creating a map and actually going to see what's in the map. So on our second day in Maligcong, we opted to venture to Talubin, 12 kilometers from Bontoc town proper, to hike and see Humuyyo, the highest waterfalls in all of Bontoc. Not wanting to miss this added spectacle to a tourist's itinerary, we were joined by our friend, Suzette, of Maligcong Homestay and our perennial guide, Tina Sokuken. Jerome, Suzette's hubby, was very kind to take us to the Talubin jump-off using the van. Otherwise, we would either have to catch the 7am bus headed to Banaue or the 12 noon jeepney to venture here. As we've learned the previous day, it almost always rains in the afternoon so a morning trek would be best.
|The lower cascade is lovely, filled with logs, branches and small rocks|
It took us something like 90 minutes to ascend to the main cascade, at about 3,670 feet in elevation. Truth to tell, my sense of balance was askew as I was feeling a bit woozy from an overdose of wild mushrooms the night before coupled with insufficiency of sleep so that slowed us down a bit from Eli's estimate of one hour trekking time. The last 50-100 feet leading to the main falls are steep and slippery, begging for a rope to secure trekkers wanting to see the tall spectacle thundering from the cliff side.
|The water from Hiniblawan Talaw feeds the falls|
Then, we saw the grey clouds blowing in from the east, a reminder that those plans may have to wait until next summer. MelJoe noted that it always rains towards noon so that was our cue to hike down. We took the other trail leading to the town center instead of the bridge, finding a sari-sari store to cool down while waiting for public transport back to Bontoc town proper and a late lunch at Caja.
Information: To hike to Humuyyo Falls, contact Bontoc Turismo through their FB page. A guide is needed for the trek, fee: P500 for a group of up to 5pax • To get to Talubin from Bontoc town proper, ride a bus/van headed to Banaue or a jeepney that plies the Bontoc - Talubin route (12nn - 3pm; return trip to Bontoc sked is from 7am - 4pm)