Tag: Macro

Buenos Aires

Drying Rice
Drying Rice

On Monday, Michelle and I traveled to mountains above Buenos Aires, to see what was described as beautiful waterfalls.  I have been wanting to shoot as many waterfalls pictures as possible so bang I am in.  We travelled on a bus to Mao Mao, and then grabbed a tricycle for the afternoon which Michelle was able to talk down to PhP700, which is bargin.  The driver we had was a really nice guy, so much so, I took his name and number and I plan on using him again very soon.

Buenos Aires is a beautiful resort area right on the river which is cascading down from the mountains. Though, other than stopping there for lunch, I never really had an opportunity to see as I was far more keen on traveling up the mountain.  The area was breath taking, very clean and everyone seemed very helpful and friendly.  Some of the road is rocky and gravel and other areas is paved, it depends on where you are planning on heading.  We turned back earlier than I had planned, but I had a mishap when I slide into the river with camera and all, which ended up being a pretty expensive day trip, but I was able to save some pictures.

Rice Fields in the Mountains
Rice Fields in the Mountains

I forget the name of the one village we travelled through, but I was very impressed with a bunch of signs that had been placed on the side of the road, asking locals as well as tourists to help preserve the planet, to recycle, don’t smoke, save nature, it was very refreshing to see.  I plan on returning again to the Buenos Aires area to explore more of the countryside, more waterfalls, and villages as well as nature.  If you are in the area and have a day, I would definitely recommend you going to the Buenos Aires area, it’s about 1 hour or so from Bacolod City.

 

 

Mambukal

# 3 WaterFalls at Mambukal
# 3 WaterFalls at Mambukal

I was lucky enough to spend the last two days exploring the Resort called Mambukal.  A mere 1.5 hour trip from Bacolod, where you meet nature, thermal vents from the Kanlaon volcano and the jungle with all the mystery and wonderful nature and colors.

It’s very easy to grab a bus out of Bacolod which can be found at the Central Market and from what I could gather they leave every 15 minutes or so.  I know we saw easily 10 other buses headed to Mambukal Resort.  Once you arrive there, the very first thing we did was head to the trailhead for the 7 Waterfalls.  You have to sign a book, and read through the Liability and Release, indicating that you could be injured.  I did the hike in flip flops, but I would much rather of had shoes as much of the trip was uphill, and then almost vertical in some areas.  We got hit by a huge rain storm, and the rocks were pretty slippery.   Tourists are required to take a guide, and it was well worth it. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a fantastic tour!

The Lagoon at Mambukal Resort
The Lagoon at Mambukal Resort

Once we completed the hike, the guide showed us around the Mambukal Resort, showed us the various thermal pools, the boiling mud, the bats and all the wonderful attractions found at Mambukal.  If you have a chance, this is a sure bet to go visit.  The entrance fee was only P50, and we spent the night in the Villa, which was P1700.  Money well spent!!