My wish to get in touch with nature once more came true when my cousin treated us to an adventure at Mambukal, Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental. We were staying at Silay City so it took us around 2 hours to get there. I underestimated the travel time since I read from their website that Murcia was just a 30-minute drive from Bacolod City. Well, it is pretty attainable if you’re using a really fast private car. Landslide of pictures:
From the guard house to the first waterfalls is a 5 to 10 minute walk. It was a very good warm-up and the walk was not boring as the trees, rocks, and the flowing water made it very interesting. You cannot trek if it’s raining so if ever you go there, pray that the weather will be fine. The waterfalls are only open from 7am to 5pm. I suggest that you bring lots of water since it is allowed. Beer and food are not. You’re also only permitted to swim from the 4th to 7th waterfalls as some debris might be floating around the first three waterfalls due to the doing of insensitive people who fooled around in the past.
I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. Going up until the 6th waterfalls took us an hour. Another 30 minutes and we could have reached the 7th but then we were really tired so we decided to head down. It took us half an hour. It was already 3:30 when we reached the guardhouse again and unfortunately, the last trip to Bacolod City is 4:30pm so we didn’t have the chance to dip in the hot and cold spring. Mambukal Resort also has hanging bridges, camping sites, a butterfly farm, tourist cottages, the famous sulfur bath, and a spa. A very important tip is to go there early morning if you only plan to stay for the day so you can try all the adventures or opt to stay overnight. Another is to bring lots of water and some food since they don’t let you pay corkage anyway. Bring extra shirts and make sure you had a goodnight’s sleep the night before so you’ll have the energy to trek until the 7th waterfalls!
The trek really made our stomachs growl so we decided to look for a nice place to eat. Mambukal’s food court really made us full! Mambukal Resort is a good place for nature-tripping no matter how old you are. The place will remind the children of nature since nowadays, they think about techie gadgets and skyscrapers all the time. It will be the perfect place to relax for those young at heart as well. For a tourist spot, prices are really cheap but the experience is very priceless. I will definitely go back and try all their adventures, pools, and spa!