07 June 2007

Return to Sta Lucia Falls in Dolores, Quezon

As our guide and I were discussing the various other options (of which the smaller caves were in the itinerary) while walking back to our service vehicle, we noticed that the others weren't following behind us. After a couple more minutes, we got worried and went back after them.

We should have known. They were already shopping for souvenirs and pasalubong! haha. We left them do their stuff and managed to include in our schedule San Jacobo (Jacob's Well) and Sta Lucia.

The path going to Sta Lucia splits into two at one point; the left path goes to Jacob's Well. I envisioned it to be a literal well with water in it as the cemented path finally gave way to a rocks and trees.

You are greeted by this shrine with a warning that you are on holy ground and enter it with respect.
The path, though going through uneven terrain, is quite easy. My companions managed to pose as I took this photo.
Here is Jacob's Well: a narrow cave which goes down to a pool of water below. One must traverse the narrow opening and rather steep wall without the aid of ropes to go to the bottom. Five people at a time can enter the cave. We took a peek inside. We saw a man at the bottom holding a candle, meditating. I'd say it was a about 15 feet going down. We decided not to go down, what with the slippery rock surface and all. Perhaps some other time.
So off we went to Sta Lucia Falls.

As we descended the flight of stairs going to the river and falls below, my companions were already thinking about the tiring ascent later. haha. But upon reaching the river, their concerns were momentarily forgotten as we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon.


A little over an hour later, we headed back to the cafe. What a day!
Next stop: Kinabuhayan Cafe and Kubli Springs!
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