Many travelers like me are known to take on the ‘road less traveled’. Last June 7, 2014, I went on a major adventure to a new hidden gem amongst the several ones already known in the Philippines. This is Cavinti. Located along the Sierra Mountain Range in Laguna, this quaint and simple town has recently opened to the public the Cavinti Underground River and Caves, which truly gave me a challenging yet memorable experience. My early morning road trip started at 5 in the morning and we arrived at the start of the site at 8am. They gave us a primary briefing of what to expect and what not to do, and we set off to the Cavinti Church for a quick tour of the main town.
The Cavinti Church
All-terrain shoes from Sandugo
Stations of the Cross
Jocs’ Merrell shoes and my Sandugo shoes
Afterwards, we drove to the start of the road for the atvs but we opted to walk until we reached the river. Unfortunately, we didn’t think that almost 3 kilometers would drain us that much! The road was a mixture of mud, rocks, uphills, and downhills. Come to think of it, our trail can serve as a great metaphor on how we would sometimes have to go through so much turmoil but we would eventually find something amazing in the end. I used to think that that was really cheesy and things like ‘rainbows after rains’ barely happen to real people. I used to think that it would only rain, or even form thunderstorms, then stop and shine but eventually rain again. But even though sunshines and rainbows don’t last, the fact is, it still comes out. Happiness can always be found. Like this trip, even though we only spent a day there, I cherish and took in every second of my stay there because in a way, I really found a kind of happiness. The caves were really majestic and the waterfall was super cold! It was really worth the trip.
The halfway mark tree
About to enter the cave!!!
The only plant that sprung in the cave
The fountain of youth
I swear it looks like gold glistening on this rock
I thought we would only do ducking… I ended up not crawling, but squatting until the end of this small tunnel. Leg work right there!
Waterfalls inside the cave! It was freezing cold but definitely worth it.
After about spending two hours in the two chambers, we ate our lunch that was wrapped in banana leaves. On our way back up, we had another crazy idea of riding on top of a tractor, and I ended up on top of a wheel! It was really scary and was truly an outrageous idea. When we got to the top of the hill, we rested for a while and went back to the main entrance for more chill sessions. At around 5pm, we had to unfortunately head back to the city and say our goodbyes. I can’t wait for my next adventures!