Before 2017 started, I promised myself to travel more and explore as many places as I can. Being broke after Christmas and New Year celebrations, I had to find a nearby travel so expenses would be less.
And then I found Cavinti, Laguna.
Laguna is accessible from GMA, Cavite (where I currently live) and quite near as well. I left as early as 8AM to start my journey.
HOW TO GET THERE:
- Ride transportation going Sta. Cruz, Laguna – from South Station, Alabang there are vans going Sta. Cruz Laguna. Since January 2017, fare is P100. There are also buses, but I chose van instead. Travel time is around 2 hours.
- My first stop was Japanese Garden. Tell the driver to drop you off anywhere in Sta. Cruz where you can ride jeep going to Sta. Cruz Market. Fare is P8.
- At the market, look for the jeepney that will take you to Cavinti, Laguna. Fare is P22
- Go and enjoy the scenery before alighting Japanese Garden.
- At the entrance, there’s a P20 fee. After that, you can enjoy the five-hectare garden.
These were few of the things you’ll see upon entering the garden.
If you are a big fan of Japanese culture or anything related to Japan, don’t get your hopes up. The place is not really Japanese-ish. I think the only objects, which showed the Japanese-y of the place are on the pictures above. The rest of the place is just literally a big garden. But I must say, I did enjoy walking around the nature. It reminded me of my dear Alma Mater, UPLB.
I didn’t stay long as there were not really much to see. So I headed to my next (and sadly last) destination… Bumbungan Eco-Park.
They said that the falls in this eco-park is man-made, so I wanted to see for myself.
- From Japanese Garden, ride jeepney going back to Sta. Cruz.
- Alight Cavinti Junction then ride a tricycle going to Bumbungan Eco Park. I contracted the driver to take me to the park then to jeepney terminal, which will pass by any terminals going back to Alabang. We agreed to P100.
At the eco-park entrance, I was politely asked by the caretaker of my agenda, and I said I’ll just take quick pictures of the place, then he bid me off with a smile.
Don’t mind the labanderas and children swimming around. It’s perfectly legal to do that.
These are the fee system as of January 2017:
Environmental Protection Fee – Day: P10, Night: P20
Cottage – Day: P150, Night: P200
Life-vest rental – P10
Floater – P20
I was ready to pay the first fee, but it was waved (yay!) since I didn’t stay long. The caretaker even gave me a brochure about Cavinti Falls (aka Pagsanjan Falls), which I plan to visit some other time when I have more time.
Manong tricycle driver dropped me off to jeepney terminal, and off I went home.
I’d go back and sweep the rest of Cavinti’s spots, that’s for sure.