If you are one to enjoy summer, then you will be thankful you bought that house and lot in Pampanga. From exciting water parks and resorts, to unforgettable outdoor activities, the province got you covered. Ocean Park, Sky Ranch, Sandbox—name it, Pampanga has it.
However, if you want to be extra adventurous and embrace nature this summer, then this is for you: waterfalls. There are plenty of options for waterfalls in Pampanga but before you go, make sure you gear up with proper footwear and clothing because getting there can be a real challenge. Also, don’t forget to bring packed lunch.
The Dara Falls is considered as Pampanga’s version of Laguna’s Pagsanjan Falls. It is one of the many waterfalls located in the hilly to mountainous municipality of Porac, situated in Barangay Jalung.
Dara Falls is originally called Darabulbul, a Kapampangan term which means gushing of liquid often with gurgling sound. Despite being badly damaged by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, water still flows strongly from the mountains down to the basin, which is truly a sight to behold.
How to get there: From Angeles City, ride a Porac-bound jeepney then ask the driver to drop you off at Porac-Guagua or Porac-Dinalupihan terminal. Ride a tricycle and get off at Porac bridge. From there, go on a 15-minute trek to reach Dara Falls.
If you want to trek, cross a hanging bridge, and climb wall of stones all for a chilly waterfall experience, then Haduan Falls is for you. Located in Sitio Haduan, Mabalacat, this waterfall offers an exciting experience for you and your friends.
The majestic views of Pampanga’s mountain ranges let you enjoy the two-hour trek to Haduan Falls, coupled with the excitement of a hanging bridge and mini-rappelling experiences. As you reach the destination, you will be welcomed by the serene atmosphere offering a similar comfort that of your house and lot in Pampanga.
How to get there: Rent a jeepney at SM Clark going to Gate 14. Clark’s Gate 14 is part of a leased property, therefore, an individual waiver is needed before you can pass through. You can get the said waiver from the security personnel. From there, a member of the Aeta Community will guide you as you trek from the jump-off point until you reach the Haduan Falls.
Miyamit Falls is another hidden gem in Porac. Like the other waterfalls, reaching Miyamit Falls involves a long trek. However, you will be rewarded with an enchanting view once you reach your destination.
The Miyamit Falls boasts of its clean and potable water. After the long trek, take a dip in the cold water while feeling the fall’s downpour to regain your lost energy. This along with the majestic view will surely relax your tired body from all the stresses of the city life.
How to get there: Before setting off for Miyamit Falls, secure a waiver and permits from the Porac municipality. This is important because you won’t be allowed to visit the place without these documents. From there, ride a tricycle going to Sapang Uwak. Then, you can either rent a 4×4 vehicle or take a five-hour trek to Miyamit Falls.
Mt. Pinatubo Twin Falls
Mt. Pinatubo is often associated with the 1991 eruption and the devastation it brought not only in Pampanga, but also to nearby provinces. However, little did we know about the treasure hiding beneath its steep walls: the Mt. Pinatubo Twin Falls.
The long and tiring trek through the lahar-filled Delta 5 trail might prove a real challenge, but in the end what awaits you is a truly breathtaking scene. The tranquil view of the cascading falls of Mt. Pinatubo is a stunning sight for trekkers. With such unspoiled and captivating beauty the trek is so worth it.
How to get there: From the jump-off point in Porac, you can rent a 4×4 vehicle or take a nine-hour trek to reach Mt. Pinatubo’s Twin Falls.
Sapang Angka Falls
The Sapang Angka Falls used to be a place full of langkas (jackfruit) before the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, thus, the name. Situated in Delta 5, one of the paths leading to Mt. Pinatubo, going to the Sapang Angka Falls can be a challenging trek.
You will have to cross a number of rivers before reaching the waterfalls. There is also a chance for the trek to be cancelled if the current is too strong. On the other hand, if everything is good, you will reach the Sapang Angka Falls in one-and-a-half hours. The place is small and exudes a peaceful ambiance, perfect if you want to relax this summer.
How to get there: From the Clark main gate, go to Sitio Pidpid via 4×4 vehicle or van. From there, take the Delta 5 trail and trek for an hour and a half, until you reach the waterfalls.
Spending summer in Pampanga’s hidden waterfalls is truly an unforgettable experience., Now that you’ve heard about these hidden gems , get ready to leave your homes for a while and discover for yourself some enchanting waterfalls this summer.