Points of Interest & Landmarks • Dams
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- This is such a beautiful area, about 1 hour from filthy, polluted, over crowded and way over rated Baguio. There is really nothing to do here, but if you enjoy outdoors it is great place for some pics..Written 27 April 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Nice for a day trip with a good overlook of the area. Bring your own food. if you have cooking facilities, you can buy fresh fish directly from the fishermen in the area. They also offer to take you on a boat trip.Written 13 March 2016This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- As someone who's has never climbed a mountain before, my co-worker invited me to climb 3 mountains in one day. Thinking that the hike might be easy (who can climb 3 difficult mountains in one day, why would people organize something crazy like that) I agreed and asked him if he thinks I can do it. He told me I could. He was right (sort of) but I still hated him for it.
By 3 am we were already on our way to Rodriguez via a jeepney ride to Montalban. Afterwards, a trike to the foot of the mountains where you can also change (there are bathrooms and showers) and buy some climbing gloves and caps (I got a pair for P50, still have it until today).
Paid the fee and my co-worker already has an existing contact for a tour guide (this would be his second time climbing the mountains) and we were all set.
Climbing the first mountain at 4 am for me was a challenge; granted I am not the most fit person in the planet but wow that hike up was exhausting and long. It was also dark and rocky but my coworker has advised me early on to pack a flashlight (w/c I did). It wasn't easy to hold the flashlight and use my other hand as a guide to hold on to rocks/stems/branches. My coworker basically had to give me his headlight while he took my flashlight so I can free my 2 hands and not fall off the giant (to me at least, I'm 5 feet) boulders. Also, I don't wear contact lenses so the headlight was basically hitting my glasses half the time making my vision quite unsteady. Thank god for a cap, so bring a cap! It also stopped the excessive sweat from falling down my eyes like a freaking waterfall.
I honestly would've given up because this was not my idea of fun and I was way out of my comfort zone (which was the point but still) but my companions encouraged me and were very patient with me. Every time I said I need a break they were chill and like yeah we could all use a break. Basically, if you want to go on this trilogy make sure your companions don't mind waiting for you to catch your breath/sanity.
Can you tell I am not outdoorsy?
The sunrise was worth it though.
The second mountain was easier to climb but afterwards, I was just basically breathless and honestly, not physically prepared to climb 3 mountains. My tour guide, knowing this is my first hike, was so proud of me. I am not the kind of person who takes posed photos but he said I should have a record of my 'feat.' To be fair it is an amazing feat for me so yeah I posed on top of a rock.
The dogs of the mountain were faster than me, seriously. I made it halfway thru the third one and just had to stop because I was too tired. I urged my companions to go on without me and I just rested and read a book in one of the dining areas (made of bamboo, the air was refreshing. This was honestly the best part of the climb for me.)
After an hour and 30 minutes, my companions completed the trilogy and we rested together then headed over to the Wawa dam for a shower. That was refreshing too and while I definitely teased my co-worker that he almost murdered me from exhaustion, I'm glad he asked me to go on this adventure with them. Would I come back? Only if someone dared me to.Written 20 October 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- You just need to walk about 8-10 minutes just to reach the wawa dam waterfalls. But it's worth it. A very relaxing place. Lots of cheap goods like vegetables and fruits along the way!Written 1 February 2020
- I did my own adventurous tour from San Nicolas town. Most of the roads are concrete but there are roads that are full of gravels so I do not advise to use a road bike. I used an electric pedal assist folding bike (qicycle) so I did not have any problem on the steep hills. The side of the road is covered with tall trees and bushes so you barely see what's below but it is beautiful to me and makes the route cool because of the tall trees. I saw some goats, chickens, dogs and ducks on my way and the people are hospitable. I happened to take a rest on a store in baranggay matedted due to rain and asked for hot coffee, the owner told me that she doesn't have hot water but she will prepare one if I'm willing to wait. Upon arrival on the entrance of the dam, unfortunately the guard told me that the visit is for appointment basis. From the word of other locals, we can have an appointment by visiting the municipal hall of san nicolas, they will also provide the logistic in going up to the dam. So I proceed then to the river below the dam, the scenery was beautiful. I can see some folks picking some shells on the shore and some are fishing. There are also a lot of goats around.Written 7 November 2017
- It was an amazing experience to visit the Madongan Dam. Love the view of a wide looking falls. Staying under the falling water is very relaxing. Love the birds eye view of the place too when went up the dam to see the top view. Planning to go back soon.Written 14 August 2018
- The Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam (Bustos Dam), is Asia's second largest rubber dam. There is a mini park in the premises which is cool and shady, with lots of trees. Locals go here to have a picnic but the place is not really picturesque.Written 6 September 2016
- A must visit location for the whole family, safe with huts that you can rent, a great location to spend the whole day at.Written 8 January 2020