This whole experience took three hours and two minutes for our group from the turnoff on the main road just on the Calapan side of San Teodoro town to Tukuran falls and back.
Using a slow driver of a multicab (open van), the trip to Salambawan from the turnoff took 27 minutes where after paying the bargain price of P350 for the carabao cart ride (and P150 for the driver and driver's mate's meals) we boarded the said cart.
The slow carabao-hauled trip took about 25 minutes each way and involved six fordings of the river. The cart had good padding on its longitudinal bench seats (thank goodness). The carabao did not utter a sign and at times (encouraged with a light touch of a whip) broke into a canter. The track included some pretty sections of Kentia-like palms.
The falls had very clean water although from what I saw the drop was not spectacular. Along the way we observed the more vertical and picturesque La Pantay Falls but allegedly the water here is not as clean. I suspect that this may have more to do with how at Tukuran Falls there are rudimentary shops selling souvenirs and a very small range of snacks although a larger range of drinks. People were friendly.
This was a great experience, especially when we passed a couple of carts travelling in the other direction full of smiling Western and local tourists.
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