Puppy Mood: Ready for more!
Puppy Mood: Needing some recharge of positivism!
La Carlota City is a 4th class city of Negros Occidental, Negros Island Region. The city is about 45.9 kms via San Enrique route and about 43.2 kilometers using the Maao, Bago City route from Bacolod City can be reached at about an hour and a half with a public transport. Legend has it that she was well-loved by the natives for her social works so that they named their settlement after her when it was created as a municipality near the end of the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines. In line with the Spanish practice of adding an article before a proper noun, “La Carlota” became its official name.
|Ø Ceres South Terminal||– You can ride San Agustin Jeep or Taxi from any point of Bacolod City.||– Php 7.00|
|Ø Bacolod – La Carlota Trip||– Step off the bus upon arriving at the Ceres Terminal in La Carlota. This will be 45 mins to an hour trip.||– Php 35-50.00|
|Ø La Carlota to Sitio Guintubdan, Barangay Ara-al||– Ride a Tricycle going to the “ TINDAHAN” or market. Ride the jeep going to Guintubdan. You will be dropped off in the Pavilion where the main reception is located.||– Tricycle Ride : Php 10.00
– Jeep ride: Php 50.00
Puppy Seal of Approval:
Conquer the falls Guintubdan!!!
I thought it was an easy feat but noooooo…. Walking about 143 steps down and up again for the 1st falls was feat! Make sure you pack light and bring a small water bottle with you. Enjoy the scenery! The cool wind and shades provided by the trees will make everything tolerable.
The feeling is so rewarding when you strived hard for something and that was exactly how we feel when trekking through every falls of Guintubdan. Take the plunge in each of the 7 falls and enjoy the cool waters and pollution free environment.
But little reminder: As much as we are there to enjoy. Let us do our share to keep everything clean by not leaving trash behind. There are plenty of collecting bins where we can dispose them.
Party: This is a family spot. Just be careful of small kids and puppers with you if you plan to trek all the way through the falls.
Rates: Entrance fee for the pavilion or camp sites is PhP 20.00 for adult and PhP 10.00 for kids. Those who would like to stay for a night, check in time is from 2:00pm until 6:00pm and check out time is at 12:00nn.
- Family Room – Php1,500.00 per day (good for 4-6 persons)
• Standard Room – Php1,000.00 per day (good for 2 persons)
• Extension Room – Php1,000.00 per day (good for 3 persons)
• Annex Room – Php600.00 per day (good for 3-6 persons)
• Additional beddings – Php100.00 per person per day
• in excess of room capacity – entrance fee will be charged
• picnic table – Php100.00 per table
Puppy Mood: Out exploring while we have time!
Sitio Pata-an is a quaint little town hiding in the outskirts of the Barangay Maao. It’s best to ask for directions from the locals because the road going there is unpaved. The ride going there was not a smooth one. Most of the dirt roads are left rough and unkempt.
A guard stays in a small waiting shed that serves as their entrance. As you go in, you are led by a winding pathway to the pool and overnight cottages.
|South Bound Ceres bound to:
|> It is approximately 1 hours of travel.||Php 25-35 per head|
|Barrio Maao – Pata-an||> There are tricycles/habal-habal going to Pataan. They are parked along the road near the Terminal of Ceres Liners – by the marketplace. Ask the locals which one is going to PATA-AN.||Php 50 per head|
Puppy Seal of Approval:
A day out with mom with a nice weather is great! Pata-an Falls is a stop for puppertrippers who just want to sit and commune with nature. There is no signal there so be prepared of being detached from civilization which is FUR-fect for anyone who doesn’t want their boss calling them. Woof~~
Pata-an falls doesn’t form a belly – which is very unique. The water falls on a unique rock formation where people can lounge and enjoy a massage from the downpour. The falls provides a cool refreshing mist in the surrounding area that is sure to extinguish the heat from any summer. ❤
What I love about this place is the old century tree that stands near the base of the falls. It provides the shade and a picturesque background for your Instagram worthy pictures! Woof!
Travel party: Great for everyone!!! It is accessible by commuting or by those big cars for families. This place is pretty much straightforward and safe for little puppers and children alike.
Budget: Entrance is Php 50 per head. Day trip cottages range from Php 250-500.
Trip: Day-trip and overnighters. Overnight rooms would be Php 1500 to 2500.
Everybody will be flocking the beaches this summer. Crowded shores, rowdy groups and fully-booked resorts – then what? The sun is high up and you want to escape the hassle? Then this puppy explorer might just have something you’d like to consider.
Beat the Heat of summer with My Top 5 Waterfalls of Negros!
- A common recreational destination, it is just an hour away from Bacolod City in the municipality Murcia. This place brags – not only one – but SEVEN waterfalls!!! The trek going all the way to the 7th falls is worth it. You get to bathe on those cool fresh waters after a short hike up. Open even for beginner, this one is for list of must-go this summer.
- Feeling like stepping up to your chasing waterfalls game? Then Mag-Aso Falls is
perfect. Located about a three hours ride south from Bacolod City, all the travel is worth the view and experience. Come and dive in those deep glorious turquoise waters of Mag-Aso Falls. The basin is deep enough to cater those who would dare to do a “Cliff dive” from the little caves.
- A little more toned down and less commercialized. You would least likely find this place crowded. This place also takes pride of their seven different falls. A little walking distance from one after the other, truly this one is a nature lover’s treat.
- DO you want to spend a day just sitting and enjoying icy cold water shower? Then Pataan is just the right choice. Unlike the usual, the falls fall on a rock formation and shaded by a century old tree. You can spend a day just to relax sitting under the falls to extinguish the heat.
- If you love the great outdoors, hiking, forests, swimming and random meet-and-greet with farm animals, Guintubdan is just for you. Approximately two hours and a half bus ride, you get to meet this splendor tucked in a quaint place of Ara-al. With a total of 6 falls and one spring, you get to exhaust you day swimming in the cool waters and beautiful mountain top scenery. You will be left with a filled heart and happy soul after hiking time of 15 mins to 45 mins from the different falls.
Remember, the beach is not the only place you could spend the summer buzz in. Sometimes, you just need a puppy nose for roads less traveled and a mum saying, SEEK!
Where are you off to next, puppy trippers? We’d like to hear from you, so don’t forget to leave a comment down below. Who knows…We might just be dropping by to explore your suggestion!
Now this is literally iced cold water~ A sure cure for the need-of-a-break. Continue reading
Summer just started. Let’s explore more!
Puppy Mood: Craving for more .
Seeing this makes me soooo excited! Woof! Continue reading
The busy school year is over at last!
It is time for my books and highlighters to take a rest. It’s time for my backpacks and camera to come out and enjoy the sun. So off I go to my 1st stop, Mambukal Mountain Resort for some well-deserved peace and quiet through communing with nature.
Puppy Mood: Feeling determined.
The quiet barangay of Minoyan, Murcia is the home of infamous, Mambukal Mountain Resort. Just a 45 minutes ride from the main city of Bacolod, you can already enjoy its various amenities for a nice quick weekend getaway or even as a day-trip only.
These 23.6 hectares of both man-made and natural resources offer a wide range of options for nature trekkers or a whole family get-away to beat the heat of summer.
Not only the cottages costs as low as just PhP 300, the place is very accessible, you can just come here anytime!
How to get there from Bacolod City proper:
|Jeep to Libertad Market:
Ø From Ceres North Terminal: Mandalagan/Bata-Libertad
Ø From Ceres South Terminal:
The bus terminal is located in front of Savemore- Libertad.
PhP 7-8.00 per head.
||Trip will take you 30-45mins. The last stop will be where you get off. Tell the conductor that you are bound for Mambucal Resort and they will let you off right in front of the gates of the resort.||Php 35.00 per head|
Puppy Seal of Approval :
First Falls! Woof~
The Trek to the 7th Falls:
It may be a long way up but if you are to go to Mambucal, You can’t miss the experience of climbing all the way to the 7th falls. It took about an hour and a half to go up. There are guides to help you navigate your way through the foliage and tricky path walks.
The view is just beautiful and breathtaking. Just take your time and appreciate the trek up. Don’t be ashamed and tell your “manong guide” for a break. I did! Woof! Puppy is out of shape~
Unfortunately, the management of the resort only allow the guests to swim either on the 6th and 7th falls. So just go all the way up. Don’t worry. The water is just the best up there.
But that doesn’t mean, you can’t make a pup stop to take a picture and feel the mists on your face!
The 3rd to the 5th falls can’t be accessed anymore. The trail that was used to connect it from the main trekking path was destroyed due to typhoon Haiyan. But don’t worry, you can still see it from the main trekking route.
Once you reach the 7th falls, let the ice cold water cool you off. Take a deep breath of fresh air, relax and have dip! I doggy paddled to the falls and stayed under the cold water! So worth the effort going up~ Woof woof!
There are many stores that sells food in Mambucal. From Chicken Inasal to Relyenong Pusit… but if you are on a budget trip like me, I suggest to bring some marinated pork or fish and just be a grill master for the day!
There are grills free to be used everywhere in the resort. You can just buy a PhP 10 worth of coal and voila – You can grill your favorite inihaw and be a happy puppy like me~
Puppy Trails Rating:
As a summary:
Travel Party: Good for solo, barkada and family trips! The place is not too far and it is very safe for the young pups/kids to come along and enjoy.
Budget: You can go to Mambukal for as low as less than PhP 1000 (per person) for a day trip or under just Php 3000 for an overnight stay, depending to which accommodation you like.
Travel Duration: Since it is quite accessible, you can go there even just for a day trip or overnight/weekend stays.