Nobody told us that this trip is so risky for boatmen. The boatmen - they are moving the boat with the strenght of their mussles when there is not enought water in the river. They are moving it through the woodem piles mounted between rocks. They push the boat by pushing away from the rocks. They using their bare feets. When you look closely to their feets and legs you can see the scratches. It is very dangerous for them - they can broke a leg or harm themselfs very easily.
I know that there is only ay for them to earn some money but the risk is very high. You also can't help him because ou don't know the ground. Anyway there should be a worrning. I would not consider this trip if i had a chance to know the risk. The pirce should be also higher. I worn that you are gonna feel like fat turist moved by the people who don't have other way to get by. I have claims to the lonley planet that they didn't wrote about it.
The price is fixed -1250 php. It should be more and there should be information that you pay an insurance for boatmen. Otherwise you are just fat lazy tourist and you gonna feel in this way for a whole day.
You should also look for a certified places where you can pay for a trip. We chose las villas.
- hotel and restaurant.
We were at 7 o'clock at las villas as we agreed. One guy who had to only show us the boat mans he was eating a breakfast !! He knew that we are going to be at 7!!!
The whole trip took 2h with one stop. Take water with you and drinks to the boatman. Otherwise you will be caught by old trick: on the stop there is a guy who sells drinks. He will ask yoi whether you want one. If you say no it will ask about boatmen - whether you want to buy drinks for them. They know you say yes, because you are going to see tired people looking at you. It is not fair!!! I paid 120 php per can . It is stealing. I treated it as a part of the tip. At the end I paid them 500 php additionally because their took a large risk. My friend wanted to add them 100 php. So our tip was 600 php. My friend still thinks it was 200php.
At the end waited for us a view to the waterfall and a bamboo raft which was attached by the line to the rocks.
It was used to move the raft under the fall. ou could have a massage under a fall and some swimming in the small cave when you cross the waterfall. I was with two Philippine girls from Manila. They tried to swim. I waited for coming back. The water presure was strong but ok. I didn't dried up during comming back.
Next two hour was fast. We swam with the current. We came back before the 12. You can change in the toilets of las villas.Remember to take lifejacket and helmets with you to the las villas. The lady was a lit of bit upset about it but she didn't inform us about taking this staff with us.
Anyway I don't recommend this trip. The view is amazing but the price to high - I mean the risk for the boatmen!
After 15 min or 20 we go to the boatmen. We took lifejackets and helmets.
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