Still dazed from a night of beerless talk at one of the dugouts of Camp Peralta, we gingerly descended a hand-strewn path towards Kalikasan Waterfalls. Our group holed up at the town of Jamindan in the province of Capiz. It was the first time I spent a night at a military camp and we were unsure if beers were allowed.
The morning shone bright as we boarded a military truck towards one of the five waterfalls that has been discovered inside Camp Macario Peralta. Military camps are not usually jotted down into itineraries by travelers, but this 33,310-hectare camp in Capiz is actually planning to open their gates to eco-tourism.
The path wound down as we navigated the uncountable steps towards Kalikasan Falls. I asked our military escort, a member of the Philippine 3rd Infantry Division, how they discovered these nature sites. He readily replied that these were actually accidental discoveries from their woodland training exercises inside the massive camp.
This guy’s prepped like a tourist guide!
The gurgle of rushing water shot into hearing as we approached the far end of the stepped trail. A bamboo hut perched above a ledge signaled the end of our descent. From here we can already see the raw beauty of Kalikasan Waterfalls.
Moss covered the rough steps that led towards the basin of the waterfall. It took a bit of concentration to navigate these as a wrong move might send me and my camera spilling down the sides. The height was no more than a few meters but it’s enough to get my camera smashed, I suppose.
Kalikasan Waterfalls rises to about twenty five feet in height. It’s not the highest I’ve seen, but I love how intimate it looked with its water basin enclosed by dark rock walls. It somehow reminds me of the secret waterfall in Iligan, the much harder to reach Kalubihon Falls.
I noticed that the military peeps have already tamed this waterfall by placing a water barrier to contain its basin. Like most falls, its water is freezing cold. Its natural pool goes to about knee-deep in the first few steps but becomes deeper as you near the cascade.
It only took us a few minutes of splashing about before the coldness of Kalikasan Waterfalls got to us. Without proper towels, we simply put on our shirts back again and started the knee-cracking climb back up to civilization of Camp Peralta.
Address: Camp Macario Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz
Contact Number (Fort Bonifacio): (0905) 344-1218
(02) 845-9555 local 4151 | (02) 765-4151
Entrance Fee: None
Please contact Camp Peralta first before planning your trip to its falls
GPS Coordinates: +11° 23' 36.91", +122° 26' 38.62"