8 Waterfalls in 1 Day

Even if the Maynuba Circuit was given a difficulty rating of 4/10 by mountaineer experts, I found it easier to hike than Mt. Maculot, which was a 3/10. I have two theories—it’s either I’m becoming better at climbing, or perhaps exploring eight waterfalls down the mountain made my experience more pleasant.

There are three main things you may explore at the Maynuba Circuit in Tanay, Rizal—Mt. Cayabu, Mt. Maynuba, and the eight waterwalls. You may choose only one, two, or all of the above. Mt. Cayabu (680 MASL) is a subsidiary peak of Mt. Maynuba (720 MASL), while you’ll see the eight waterfalls on your way down Maynuba. Some people climb only Cayabu, only Maynuba, or explore just the eight waterfalls on the other side of Maynuba. My group did the full circuit.

Here are the eight waterfalls of Maynuba, starting from the mid to near bottom of the mountain. I hope that we keep it pristine for the years to come. It isn’t just up to the guides and the local government, but to the visitors to adhere to basic hiking etiquette.

1. Natatagong paraiso (translation: hidden paradise) is the biggest of all eight. It was lunchtime when we arrived in this area, so we ate at the surrounding rocks. Don't worry; we disposed our garbage after the hike.

1. Natatagong paraiso (translation: hidden paradise) is the biggest of all eight. It was lunchtime when we arrived in this area, so we ate at the surrounding rocks. Don’t worry; we disposed our garbage after the hike.

2. Katmon, named after the katmon tree that used to be next to the falls. This type of tree is found only in the Philippines.

2. Katmon, named after the katmon tree that used to be next to the falls. This type of tree is found only in the Philippines.

3. Gintuan falls (translation: golden falls) is the upper part. The lower part is #4.

3. Gintuan falls (translation: golden falls) is the upper part. The lower part is #4.

4. Gugulong na bato (translation: rolling rocks) See the giant round rock that looks like it’s about to fall on the swimmers? Water temperature: ice cold!

4. Gugulong na bato (translation: rolling rocks) See the giant round rock that looks like it’s about to fall on the swimmers? Water temperature: ice cold!

5. Lantay na bato (translation: clean/pure rocks)

5. Lantay na bato (translation: clean/pure rocks)

6. Pantay na bato (translation: even rocks)

6. Pantay na bato (translation: even rocks)

7. Manganiso falls got its name from manganese, which used to be common in this area.

7. Manganiso falls got its name from manganese, which used to be common in this area.

8. Maynuba falls is the last waterfall you’ll see if you start from the top. We skipped swimming here and just took photos before hiking back to the jump-off point.

8. Maynuba falls is the last waterfall you’ll see if you start from the top. We skipped swimming here and just took photos before hiking back to the jump-off point.

Sept. 25 update: Check out the video our organizer made:

Date of hike: September 3, 2016



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  1. Ugh!!! I am out of words! These places are sure look breathtaking! ❤

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