By Kaye Mangabat
BANAUE, IFUGAO PROVINCE – Walk through rice paddies, pass by steep rock formations and narrow slippery trails and you will be astonished with the majestic view of Tappiya Falls.
This natural wonder is tucked behind the lush earth colors of the rice terraces in Batad.
For the not-so experienced trekker, heading to this site is quite a challenge. You will have to navigate through numerous steps along ravines. Be sure to bring lots of bottled water or energy drink because the long walk can be dehydrating. Bags of snacks can also help you be energized along the way.
Talking with friends while trekking and enjoying the green surroundings and cool breeze can help make the trek a bit easier.
A few miles more from the amphitheatre-like terraces, Tappiya Falls will welcome you. Despite the challenging trail, many travelers and tourists still go just to see what makes it spectacular.
You can take a dip and be refreshed on the water that gushes down to a large pool. There are also large stones a few meters away from the falls where you can sit down and admire the view. A nipa hut overlooking the falls can be used as a resting area after the long trek.
Indeed, a trek to Tappiya Falls can be a challenging, yet rewarding adventure.
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