My first attempt to this secluded waterfall last June was a failure. I am almost a few meters down to Talostos waterfall, unfortunately; time didn’t permit me to proceed. I arrived on a native hut on top of the cliff at around mid-afternoon through Brgy. Amio. While it’s true that Talostos is located in Brgy. Amio, a local resident recommended me to take the other way which she says a much nearer hike en route to Brgy. Mansagumayon.
The water of Talostos drops down at 50 feet and is therefore considered as the tallest waterfall in the town of Sta. Catalina. It was a timely visit as the water jumps on its greatest volume. The cascading waters follows an oblique direction resting on a sheer cliff surrounded by dense vegetation specially coconuts.
How did I get there:
As suggested by a local, I went directly to Brgy Mansagumayon. The residents along the road warned me regarding the route as it is unpaved and rugged.There were just a few people I saw along the route and they were very kind, though their directions were a bit confusing as their were multiple intersections.
The first kilometer can be accessed by a motorbike, but the rest will take arduously on foot. There were no one to ask that time so I just followed a track of seriously in rough condition until I reached onto a steep cliff overlooking a river stream. To the other side I could see where exactly I was the last time I visited the area. Basically I was standing on the exact location where a local was pointing of where I should take.
I continued following a sloping area down to the bottom, though I don’t see any waterfall, the noise ahead was a resounding excitement.
Unmistakably, that was Talostos falls. It was completely undisturbed. Dwarfed by its height, I was standing behind a beautiful scenery and a gorgeous backdrop.
- Bring enough water and snack
- Bring also with you an insect repellent
- Dispose garbage properly
- Be cautious in stepping the rocks, they are very slippery
- Don’t leave personal belongings unattended
- Swim on your own risk, there is no lifeguard assigned
- Currently there are no scheduled buses plying from Sta.Catalina to Pamplona, I suggest you drive your own vehicle or hire a habal-habal