Bonbon Traverse to Cantipla River Trek

5:57 PM CARLA 3 Comments

A cross-country trek with eight waterfalls while having a massive hangover. Why not? It's the best cure yet. 

Introducing, the Pardo Girl's Trail! (LOL right there)

Cebu is famous for its lechon, white sand beaches, etc. But our city has a lot more to offer aside from those fancy resorts and delectable foods. Behind this growing metropolis are terrains that can suffice a mountaineer's urge for a weekend hike. Specs ranging from minor to moderate. Trails that are quite enough to satisfy the adventure junkie in you after a week of working your asses off in the office.

Last November 2014, we hiked from Bonbon traverse to Cantipla to quench the thirst for adventure of my sister and cousin who had a quick comeback to Cebu. That day hike was the perfect choice for all of us since we have never made our way to these trails before. 

Special thanks to our fellow mountaineer, tzu Tolets for taking us there! We actually joked to name the place as The Pardo Girl's Trail, because according to him, only a few people have trekked here and the trail doesn't have a name yet. (Please correct me through the comment box below if I'm wrong with this.)

The jump-off was in Bonbon. We've been there a lot of times since Judge Paredes introduced to us the cottage he built near the river on a piece of land he acquired. Since then, the place has been a weekend escape for us and the rest of our mountaineering org. Almost an hour trek from the cottage is a tall waterfall which is also a destination if we crave for more hikes and refreshing water. 

That time we took the opposite trail that's headed to the usual waterfall and went right. Literally to the right. It was an awesome river trek for we've passed through 8 waterfalls! Never had dips as many as these in my entire hiking life. Lol. Every stream and waterfall washed our hangover away. That was relaxing in some point.

A few more steps and we couldn't believe our eyes. We found a heart in the middle of the forest! It's fun imagining it as the real heart of the forest and the water as its blood. Keeping the whole place alive and sustainable for every being. 

The trails were not that easy. We had to hold onto the tree roots to avoid falling. The rocks were  slippery when wet but thankfully it was a sunny November. But one should always keep in mind that safety should not be separated from fun or thrill.

It was a great feeling to be reunited with my main (trek) squad. 

The trail became more inclined and we can now see the mountain range past the river. Cured and refreshed by the waterfalls and streams, our bodies were up for the endless slopes and assault to the summit. More steps and sweats are now trickling down our faces as the cool mountain breeze tickled our nostrils. A few houses are now visible in a distance. We're almost in Cantipla. 

The trail coughed us off on a paved road which ended our fun trek. The day became more memorable as we danced with some locals on the street while waiting for a ride home.

“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.  

It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” 
Cheryl Strayed


  1. nice one!!!... Pardo Girls Trail... (PGT)

    1. Hi tzu!!! Hahaha lingaw kaayo ni.. Final na jud na tzu ha Pardo Girl's trail ni haha! Thanks for taking us there tzu!

  2. nice one!!!... Pardo Girls Trail... (PGT)


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