October 30, 2008

Puray is one of the most isolated barangay of Rodriquez (formerly Montalban) in the province of Rizal. When "Montalban" is mentioned, one familiar with the town would most certainly associated it with Wawa, the scenic river (in barangay San Rafael) dotted with huge white stones . Wawa is very accessible, there are jeepneys plying the major routes from Quezon City to Wawa while Puray, to most, exist only in the tales of mountain bikers who frequent the place because of its trails and its falls.

Puray is already in the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, several mountains away from the town center. Its hard to believe there is even a flourishing community there - basically a small farming community, no electricity, no running water. But what Puray lacks in modern amnesties it makes up with the pristine beauty of its surroundings. The streams and rivers there are absolutely gorgeous, with crystal clear cool waters.

One of the attactions there is the Puray Falls (known as Tungtong to the locals). Its a short hike, about 2 kilometers, from the barangay center.

Puray Falls in Sitio Mabolo

From the point where the road crosses the river in Mabolo, we had to hike upstream some 500 meters to the falls. A quick dip in the catch basin would be enough to cool you down after the hike. Even on a sunny day, the water in the catch basin is freezing.

another view of Puray Falls

Getting thereThere are two routes going to Puray - both of which will require that your vehicle can handle a bit of punishment (we were on mountain bikes when we went there).

From barangay Mascap there is the river trail where have to cross the river 11 times. Difficult during the rainy season when the river swells and the road disappears. There are jeepneys from Montalban that goes to Puray via this route but the schedule is not consistent. Sometimes there is only 1 trip a day, the return trip is always a challenge.

The other road (still from Mascap) takes you via the mountains. To say that the road is terrible is an understatement, you'll need a 4x4 or a motorcycle to go via this route. There are special tricycles (those with roofless sidecars) that go via this route (Php 60 pesos one way fare from Montalban, limited number of trips a day).

If you missed the jeep or the tricycle for the return trip, you can also do what the locals always do: walk to Mascap, just about 3 hours away.
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16 comments:

  1. I love waterfalls! I jumped off one pero hindi naman ganyan kataas, mga 40 feet lang cguro yun :)

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  2. I love this photo of Puray Falls!
    Cheers!

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  3. nakupunta na ako sa montalban pero hindi ko pa na explore ang mga kalapit na barangay. sabi mo nga na wala pang ilaw sa lugar na yan. siguradong maganda nga itong lugar na to.

    kailangan ko rin itong puntahan kasi hindi pa ganun kalayo sa manila pero dami ng magagandang view.

    maraming salamat sa post na ito. very informative. sama mo naman kami sa mgaq lakad mo.

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  4. @dom - bro thanks! there are nice destinations in Montalban (aside from Puray) like Estampang Bato and Kaingalan (there's also a falls theres). These places are are largely untouched by "progress".

    Puray, at first, seems scary because of its remoteness and the fact that there are "revolutionary" groups there. But the locals are friendly once you get to talk to them.

    Sige bro next time may lakad will contact you.

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  5. @ar-wee-der-yet - naku delikado yan bro...

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  6. wOW!

    Taga-montalaban na nga ako at ngayon ko lang nalaman na may ganito palang kagandang waterfall sa bayan namin. Thanks thanks sa photos.

    I will try to go there 'pag nagkatime na ako. Astig ah, mas nauna ka pa sa akin na dumalaw doon.

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  7. @ishmael - Thanks! Your hometown is very beautiful and it has a lot of hidden treasures. I haven't even scratched the surface and I hope to be able to explore there more. Thanks for the visit!

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  8. i also living in montalban, particularly in brgy. san isidro.i'm familiar with puray river which traversed within the brgy.but, thanks to your post,i able to know for the 1st time that there's another interesting place in montalban,aside from wawa dam.your very informative.where did you get the idea about the puray falls?tnx!

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  9. @mountain_rider, i'm a mountain biker also and frequently visit the back roads of montalban :)

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  10. wow... i lived all my life here in montalban but i've never been there.. i hope there are tricycles in there.. i wanna visit the place soon..

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  11. Hi Allan!

    Is this the only waterfalls in Montalban? While in Wawa, locals were pointing us to a place where we can find a falls, around an hour's walk from wawa lang daw.

    We tried finding it but was unable to, since we ran out of time.

    Christian
    http://lakad-pilipinas.blogspot.com

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  12. hi there! I am from montalban as well and one of my friends suggested that we visit Puray falls coz I told him that I just went to Kasili and Stampang bato. I was trying to search for Puray falls online and so i found your blog site and I was like "WHOOAAAHH!!!?!?!!" :) hahaha!! so you see hindi naman ako masyadong na excite kaya pupunta kami jan sa Saturday at magpipicnic! ^^ thanks for your post! :)

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  13. @michyn thanks :)
    @christian, in a place like montalban I'm sure maraming waterfalls. Not sure lang kung saan yung iba. Better get detailed info from the locals

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  14. i just wanna ask kung pano mkapunta dian from mandaluyong ppunta dian ! ksi nghahanap kme ng falls n pede puntahan !

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  15. sir pkipost nman po itirenary d2 pano po pumunta puray san po sakayan post nlang po fb joever_08@yahoo.com or type nyo name ko joey vergara

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