An Enchanting Experience at Tinago Falls

An Enchanting Experience at Tinago Falls
by Danny Tariman

Our last leg of our 5-day discovery journey: the Tinago Falls in Linamon, Lanao del Norte.

Tinago Falls is like what its name suggests “a hidden falls”. It is indeed out of sight. It is a good 436-step foot-trail or stairway down from the road. It is easy going down, but I tell you, returning back to the road is THE story – climbing back the 436-step trail!

The 436-step stairs/trail down to the hidden falls
The 436-step stairs/trail down to the hidden falls

When I reached the falls I was captivated by its enchanting view: tiny sprinkles of water gushing from a wide wall of rock formation, creating a thin cloud of mist; it is like a white veil partially covering one side of a mountain! Really enchanting! I haven’t seen a falls like these before.

The basin catching the waterfalls is deep! I hear from locals that it is over 60 feet deep! The beauty of this falls is that it is almost in its natural form, except for a small concrete foot bridge that crosses a down-stream from the basin.

The enchanting falls with a 60-foot basin
The enchanting falls with a 60-foot basin.

The trees and vegetation is lush, with wild ferns and vines hanging from trees! It is nature, in its perfect beauty!

The road leading to the falls is well paved and smooth. We were welcomed by friendly tourism officers in the nice & clean reception building. The view from the roadside is just any other provincial views.

When you start to go down to Tinago, the story unfolds.

436 steps going down. You are trekking a downhill trail full of natural vegetation. You can see water trickling forth from rocks, watering the wild ferns and plants along the way. You are covered from the sun by tropical trees. It is truly a refreshing walk downhill.

When you go further down, you can hear the gush of flowing water. The temperature drops too as you go further down. I think the mist from the falls, plus the vegetation cover, keeps the temperature at waterfalls basin really low.

Truly a wonderful ‘nature’ trip!

I tried washing my face in the streaming water from the side of the mountain: It is very refreshing!
I tried washing my face in the streaming water from the side of the mountain: very refreshing!

Going back, we passed by Iligan city again, and just before we reached the boundary of Misamis Oriental, we took our lunch at of one the bay side restaurants. There are a number of eateries along the way, but this one is really good – hefty serving size at very affordable price! They have an array of seafood selections: tuna, squid, crabs, and many more. They also have the usual menus – beef, chicken, and pork. But the best is to try the seafood.

Thank you Mel-An for driving for us through this 5-day adventure in Mindanao. May the Lord bless you!

The road marker at the start of the trail going to falls down the road.
The road marker at the start of the trail going to falls down the road.
My wife & I enjoying the  of the cool mist of the falls surroundings.
My wife & I enjoying the cool mist of the falls surroundings.
Another shot of the enchanting falls.
Another shot of the enchanting falls.
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