It’s really nice to have a quick unplanned trip with friends than having it planned ahead of time and turned out to be just a picture of “gala friends”, like what we did last January. Kervic approached me to visit Guintubdan Waterfalls two days before the said date trip and me as a “kaladkaring friend” said yes without any hesitation.
Kaladkarin – is a tagalog word which means to drag or a person who is always on the go to unplanned trips.
La Carlota City is an hour away drive from Bacolod City via private car and approximately an hour and a half if via bus or public utility vehicles. La Carlota City is known for its mountain and spring resorts concealed with majestic waterfalls that surround the whole area. These waterfalls can be found in Sitio Guintubdan Brgy. Ara-al La Carlota City.
Guintubdan offers a variety of family or barkada get away package, it may be an overnight stay or a day trip.
Ours was just a day trip so we maximized the day exploring the place but due to the bad weather in the middle of our hike we need to skip the Twin waterfalls as it is quite dangerous when heavy rain falls.
From Bacolod City you can either choose to ride the Ceres bus which is located at the South bus terminal in Shopping, Libertad or OMC or SDL buses in Libertad Market. Fare is P30.00 and travel time is one hour.
From La Carlota terminal ride a trike going to their public market for P7.00 fare.
From La Carlota public market trike the jeepney going to Guintubdan for P30.00 travel time is approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Guintubdan can be explored within a day so we rented a day tour cottage for P200.00. It’s a big cottage good for 10 persons and they do also provide grilling area to cook for your food.
What to see in Guintubdan
If you are not familiar with the place better get a tour guide to accompany you in their notable tourist attractions: Busay Oro, Busay Abaga and the Busay Kapid or Twin Falls. Tour guide rate for these is P200.00 and you need to logged your names first before you begin the trek.
The prime waterfall of Guintubdan, where its deepest point is 32 feet. Busay Oro was one of the best waterfall I’d been too because of the big and wide rocks covering the waterfall. Visitors are not allowed to swim here due to its heavy current.
It’s a 10 minute walk from Busay Oro, Busay Abaga has one big falls on the upper portion and it is called the Busay Mayor. It is recommended to swim here since the deepest point is only 7 feet, you can also climb up the second level but make sure to be safe and watch out the current of the water.
BUSAY KAPID (TWIN FALLS)
Can be reached for about 45 minutes of trekking down Busay Kapid, but for safety reasons we were not able to visit this falls beacuse its raining. Instead we were lead to the viewing deck where we can see Busay Kapid from a far.
Aside from these waterfalls you can also deep in to their Spring Pool to cool you down after chasing waterfalls. Make sure your body can retain how cold the water is or else you’ll freak-in catch a vibrating lips and shaking body.
- Bring water while on the trek, walking up to Busay Abaga is quiet tiring though spring water is potable.
- Bring jacket to sustain the cold surroundings, sometimes foggy views are just in front of you.
- Bring food, no corkage, grilling area is provided no additional fees,
- There’s no bathroom in some cottages in the area only comfort room. If you want to take a bath after a swim you need to go down to Guintubdan Visitors Pavillion and Garden, bathroom fee is P20.00.
- After cooling off with Guintubdan’s waterfalls you may want to sip a hot bowl of Batchoy in their market place. you may ask locals where it is located.
Made a youtube video for our trip, but I’m really sorry still a beginner on this.
Travel Expenses: (6pax)
- Bacolod to La Carlota VV – 30 x 2 = P 60.00
- Trike to public market – P 7.00
- Market to Guintubdan VV – 30 x 2 = P 60.00
- Cottage – 200 / 6 = P 34.00
- Tour guide – 150/6 = P 25.00
- Food – P 100.00