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.

Japanese Garden

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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