I got passed the first trial but was not at all relieved when I was told there are 2 more of those coming that were 3 times more difficult than the one I’ve just finished. We continued walking along rocks, bumped into some other tourists who seemed very fulfilled with what they’ve accomplished that day, tried to avoid falling off while walking at the edge of the cliff to reach the other side and pretty much did all the unthinkable just to get through the day unscathed. I had survived the two 90 degree rock climbing but my hands were already sore. We went on a steep descent, the first for that day then quickly ascended going to the other side. Oh! A lot of things happened that I forgot to mention how exquisite was the view of the town halfway to the top. I’ve walked over pointed rocks trying real hard not to go off balance. After which I was like Spiderman literally glued crawling west on a stone wall to cross the other end of the trail. Everything seemed to happen in a blur that I lost track of the other details. What I just can attest is that I went through a hell of a something before I found myself grinning like a child at the magnificence of what my eyes were seeing that day standing on the highest point of El Nido.
Words are unable to describe the beauty of El Nido as seen atop Taraw Cliff. Even brutal with the photos unable to give it justice. The fortresses of limestone engulfing the town, the houses and buildings lined along the shoreline, the deep blue waters and several islands dotting Bacuit Bay. All of them seemed to have been carefully placed where they were to form something that is beyond perfect. The scene was so surreal that it melted my heart with so much gratitude. It was all I need to rid me of too much exhaustion. In my reverie, I was tempted to think as if I’m in a different place other than my motherland but doing so is betraying the truth that the Philippines is indeed beautiful more that what I, most its people and the world give it credit for. Oh dear. I am blown away how my every time this land of ours never cease to amaze me. It’s richness. It’s beauty. It can never be somewhere else but here. You’ll know it right away.
It was with a heavy heart that I had to bid that heavenly view adieu. I wished I could stay longer despite the scorching heat of the sun. However, it seemed like I wasn’t the only one who’s got the same intention as several minutes after reaching the summit of Taraw cliff came other tourists. I forced myself down the cliff tracing the the path from where we came. Going down was a lot easier but running out of water was a torture. I had no choice but to endure the thirst which made me feel strangled in chains by the neck. Taraw cliff may have not been too kind that day, nevertheless I got no regrets and I would absolutely be up to its challenge again. Someday.
TIPS FROM A WEAKLING OF A CLIMBER IN ME
- Bring lots of water. I promise you’ll need at least a liter of it.
- Wear gloves
- Don’t dare wear slippers or just trekking sandals. It’s gonna be shoes all the way
- Wear long sleeves or arm sleeves. You’ll thank me for it. I swear
- Apply sunblock. Black is beautiful but UV Lights can kill you with skin cancer.
- Be careful. Don’t rush. You’ll eventually get there.
HOW MUCH WAS THE ENTIRE ORDEAL
Tour agencies in El Nido offer the climb to Mt. Taraw at P500 which can be shared by 3 people but there are those who offer it at P300. It’s up to you. You can still haggle if you think the price isn’t fair yet.
There you go. You’ve just seen the other side of El Nido. Now you know that it isn’t at all just seas and sands. It can be home to adventures none of us have known yet so don’t be scared to explore and discover something new. If you have other ideas which would make a visit to Palawan more exciting, please shoot them on the comments box below. I would really love to read them.
Do check my comprehensive travel guide on the cheap EL NIDO A LITTLE OVER P5000 IN 5 DAYS: Budget Travel Guide To Cheap Eat, Sleep And Fun Activities to learn how you can make the most out of your travel to this paradise.
FOR OTHER THINGS EL NIDO and the rest of PALAWAN, check out these posts:
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Due to the very unfortunate incident which injured 2 foreign tourists and almost cost the life of a local guide who climbed Taraw Cliff earlier this year, the officials of El Nido have
permanently suspended hiking activities to the cliff. Please make further verification on this matter if you plan to include this adrenaline infused activity on your itinerary.
Ayt folks. Until next time. See yah 😉