Baras: Palo Alto Falls, Sweet Escape Near Metro
Just an hour away from the metro, Palo Alto Falls is becoming popular to city peeps who like nature outing and swimming but can’t afford to spend longer day-offs. The place is also known to bikers and motorcycle riders for it has a huge façade along the winding road of Baras, Rizal. This mountainous part of Rizal is also well known to other falls like Daranak, Batlag, and Wawa Dam.
Palo Alto Falls is within the vicinity of Palo Alto Leisure and Residential Estates at Barangay Pinugay which was under the management of Sta. Lucia Land Inc. Even so, the management is not that strict to outsiders who also want to enter and enjoy the falls. From the drop-off point, you need to walk 249 steps or more (1,000 feet distance, 60 feet high) to reach the falls. Better to travel light and smart since it’s a bit hard to go back and forth, and there’re no stores nearby to buy something.
The trail is well-paved and shaded by a bunch of trees, so going up is a breeze. There are also railings and a couple of seats along the way to assist some visitors with senior moments.
Upon reaching the end, you’ll be greeted by 60-feet tall falls and a body of turquoise water. The water is cold and shallow, even to the exact drop point of the falls. Even children will definitely love this place. Though it’s well-developed, the beauty of nature there is still being preserved. Also, there’s no signal and electricity there; a perfect excuse to your boss :D. We were there on a weekday, so the place was not that crowded.
Want to relax to the falls anytime you want (and maybe for the rest of your life)? You might consider looking for some property there.
From Cubao, ride a jeep bound to Cogeo Gate 2. Then, ride another jeep going to Sampaloc and tell the driver to drop you to Palo Alto. From the subdivision gate, inform the guard that you’ll go to the falls. The drop-off point is about 1.2 kilometers from the gate.
Note: Routing jeeps are seldom there. Patience is virtue :P.
Travel the road going to Sampaloc, Tanay via Cogeo and Paenaan. Palo Alto is on the right side of the street. It’s a private subdivision, so inform the guard first that you’ll go to the falls before you enter the gate. There’s a wide parking area upon reaching the drop-off point.
Entrance – P100 per head (if with children, ask for the keeper to waive the fee for them)
Cottage – P700
Tables and Chairs – 400
Opening Hours: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Contact Info: 0999-4723929 | 0995-5205570