Camachin boasts a number of exciting tourist destinations.
Being made up of 80% unexplored virgin forests, Barangay Camachin holds a number of popular and undiscovered nature reserves and attractions including The 13 Falls (where Avalon is situated), which was discovered in 2017 and went viral only late 2019.
Some nearby attractions within Camachin (not including those outside the Barangay) are Candle Monument, Hidden Falls and three new attractions that our team had the privilege to name them and place them on the map. We believe there are still a few unnamed ones (and most probably several undiscovered ones) so we will just leave them to the adventurers to explore.
Warning: make sure you are physically fit if you want to venture into The 13 Falls. You will have to climb up a very steep hill which is not recommended for those with heart and other health problems.
THE 13 FALLS
The 13 Falls is made up of a series of 13 mini waterfalls that you may traverse through an exhilarating rock formations. Some waterfalls are high and the waters are very deep, but some are shallow. You must take full care when trekking across the rocky paths because there are portions that are very slippery and risky to climb. Also, you will surely get wet so bringing loads of stuff that you don't want to get wet is not advisable. Since in some areas, it is a lot easier to simply swim across the waters rather than risk yourself in climbing the rocky and slippery side of the hills, or going over huge rocks blocking the way. As an option, you may leave behind all of your stuff at Avalon Ecofarm before you start exploring all of the 13 waterfalls for added safety.
Just to remind you, The 13 Falls is a newly discovered tourist attraction in Camachin so the area, being remote and without electricity, is still undeveloped and still hasn't been equipped with enough safety features. So going to this place is like exploring a totally natural and virgin part of the Barangay. Make sure to listen and follow the advise of your guide to avoid any accident or disappointments.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are two ways to get to Camachin once you reach the province of Bulacan: through Angat or San Ildefonso. Either way, you will have to pass by Barangay Akle before getting to Camachin. Upon reaching the checkpoint at the entrance of Barangay Camachin, you will be required to pay an Environmental Fee of ₱170 per person (if you intend to visit 13 Falls, or less if you are only going to Candle Monument) which includes government taxes and tour guide fee. Only 5 to 6 guests are allowed per one tour guide as one of the safety measures.
There is still a long uncemented, gravel road to reach Sitio Silad where The 13 Falls is. So depending on the type of vehicle you are bringing, getting to the parking area is one big challenge, and walking to the base of the waterfalls is another. Approximate travel time from the checkpoint to the parking area is 30 - 45 minutes. Walking from the parking to the 1st waterfall or to Avalon itself is another 30 - 45 minutes, depending on your phasing. If you find it impossible for your vehicle to pass through the gravel road, we offer Avalon guests pickup services from the barrio to the parking area using our 4x4 mini truck. The road from the checkpoint to the barrio is cemented, but from the barrio to the parking area is all gravel road.
Camachin doesn't have any public transportation yet, nor restaurants and places to stay overnight (except at Candle Monument where you can camp overnight but make sure to bring your own tent and food supply). So if you plan to come here, you need to bring your own service vehicle and enough food and water supply. Or you may stay at Avalon and we will take care of all these for you. We offer camping tents for rent, shower and comfort room, water and food, coconut milk and seasonal fruits.
We named this place Avalon Waterwall, because as the name implies, it is made up of a unique and awesomely smooth rock formation that looks like a huge wall inclined 45 degrees. The waters that are accumulated from above overflow to its bottom, and the crystal clear water below is about 17 feet deep, which is very ideal for a quick dip.
During rainy days, when the water current is strong and flowing plenty, the rock wall overflows with lots of water which fills huge portion of it and makes the water look like a wall by itself. That's how we came up with the name "WATERWALL".
It is roughly 1.5 hours walk from Avalon Ecofarm.
Trinity Falls is part of Avalon Twin Falls (Trinity Falls and Avalon Falls) which is a 2-hour walk from Avalon Ecofarm, if we take the route across the stream of water. We named this Trinity Falls because it consists of a 3-layered mini waterfalls on top of each other. Trinity is also the English equivalent of the word "Trinidad" taken from the name DRT.
This location has never been reached by many locals and even some Barangay officials and many tour guides have never seen this place. So don't expect you can easily add it to your itinerary since not all tour guides may accommodate you if you request them to bring you there. But if you stay at Avalon Ecofarm overnight, you can request one of our guides to take you there for a small extra charge. You need to bring food and water as it may take you half a day to and fro.
We called this waterfall Avalon Falls because so far this is the farthest unnamed place that our team was able to explore.
Trinity Falls and Avalon Falls (which we call Twin Falls of Avalon) come from two different stream of water (Trinity on the left, Avalon on the right) converging into one stream which eventually courses its way to Avalon Waterwall first, then connects to The 13 Falls where Avalon Ecofarm is. Since only a few of the locals has ever reached this place, nobody knows yet how deep the bottom of Avalon Falls is.
Avalon Falls is only a few steps away from Trinity Falls, so going there is like hitting two birds with one stone.