Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Balite Falls

Amadeo, Cavite
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                          The BACKPACKERS Were Here...
Balite Falls

By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.
Photos taken by April Bedana and Alexi Lee

To celebrate the success of the Group's first official night trek, Mt. Talamitam Climb, The BACKPACKERS and guests had a refreshing treat in a place where the bustling of flowing water is irresistibly inviting - Balite Falls.

Balite Falls is a small but definitely a good place for some water fun! This somehow hidden nature offering is located in Amadeo, Cavite, a good 20-30 minutes drive from Tagaytay Rotonda. In our case, we are all grateful to Wilson, one of our guests, for making the Group's transportation from Sitio Bayabasan to Balite Falls comfortable because of Tami, his L300 box type. 

Mt. Talamitam

It was the second month in a row that The BACKPACKERS visited Batangas, a nearby province blessed with several impressive mountains. Nestled in the town of Nasugbu is Mt. Talamitam - a mountain no stranger to many of us as we have seen it when we visited its sister mountain Mt. Batulao a year ago. We have conquered several mountains to date but each new mountain that we encounter does not fail to impress us in its own unique way. Backpacker Anna said it best when she posted this on her facebook wall after a successful Mt. Talamitam climb:

BP Anna at Mt. Talamitam summit
The mountains indeed have their own unique beauty. And that makes them incomparable to each other. ~BP Anna

Aside from the breathtaking landscapes, you will get your unique experience from the people that you climb with, the unexpected challenging encounters and the beauty offered to you by the destination during the time that you step on it. These are some of the reasons why it is very difficult to replicate a climb so one should always make the most out of it.