There is a waterfall in Antipolo City known as Hinulugang Taktak. It used to be the flagship of Antipolo long before it became a city. Unfortunately, it became polluted in 1960, and it never recovered despite a few rehabilitation efforts. But did you know that there is another waterfall in Antipolo City? I just recently discovered Bunsuran Falls.
Bunsuran Falls is flowing at the foot of Sierra Madre Mountain Range, in the heart of Upper Marikina Watershed, Calawis, Antipolo City. The Upper Marikina Watershed is a protected landscape. Its preservation is crucial to Metro Manila as its streams flow directly to Marikina and its nearby cities. This gives us hope that Bunsuran will not end up like Hinulugang Taktak.
HOW TO GO TO BUNSURAN FALLS?
PRIVATE CAR: Drive to Marilaque via Marcos Highway, passing Cogeo/Padilla. A few minutes after passing Boso-Boso Highlands resort, there is a wet market. Turn left as soon as you see the busy marketplace. Follow the signs that lead to Mount Purro Nature Reserve, and then turn left when you see a bridge and a sign that says ‘Bunsuran Falls’.
COMMUTE: Take a jeepney to Paenaan. There are terminals in Marikina and Cogeo. Tell the driver to drop you off at ‘Veterans’ or ‘Kanto ng Veterans’. Then you can take a tricycle going to the falls jump-off point. There is no hike required. The waterfall is just a 5-minute walk from the parking area.
WHAT TO DO IN BUNSURAN FALLS?
Bunsuran has an interesting landscape. Its water flows on a huge wide rock that creates a series of steep drops to a few basins. One of its basins looks like a natural jacuzzi, while another one downstream is a deep basin where no one is allowed to swim. Here are a few things you can do in Bunsuran:
Relax on a Natural Jacuzzi made by Nature
One of the basins of the waterfall is a 3-foot natural pool rock formation that looks like a Jacuzzi. This is one of my favorite spots on the falls.
We have seen some locals cliff diving from a huge rock towards a 6 ft water. Please be careful though, it only has a tiny space between the rocks and the water, and it may be prone to injury.
Outdoor enthusiasts can camp by the riverbanks. A local guide is required if you are staying overnight.
There are only a few areas for swimming in Bunsuran. Most parts of the river are shallow with less than 4 feet depth of water. And that’s a good thing for non-swimmers.
Picnic or Foodtrip
You can bring food, or grill a barbecue on the riverside. There are also food stalls near the falls. Please be responsible for your own trash. Clean as you go and leave nothing but footprints.
WHAT’S THE BEST TIME TO VISIT BUNSURAN FALLS?
The best time to visit the falls is BER-months or rainy season in the Philippines. If the stream does not have enough water, the place looks too dull and unattractive. In Bunsuran, the more water, the more fun there is! Let me share some additional photos to help you decide if the waterfall is worth visiting.
SAVE THE STREAMS!
Antipolo City has become Rizal Province’s capital since July 2020. With this, we can expect more infrastructure buildings and subdivisions in the next few years, but it’s good to know that Antipolo has not totally lost its natural beauty. We really hope that we can keep Bunsuran Falls as it is and protect it from becoming polluted like the other streams in the city.
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