Location: Masara, Maco, Compostela Valley
Types: Cascade, Multi-step

Cramped and filled to the brim, it was a little past ten in the morning when the big passenger jeepney left the integrated transport terminal in Tagum City, the capital of Davao del Norte. In the comforts of a rear seat, I sneaked in for a power nap as the jeepney roared its way to Masara, Maco, Compostela Valley. I did not sleep the night before because I flew in on a red-eye flight.

Mainit Hot Spring in Maco, Compostela Valley So, after more than two hours of rough and tumble ride, the jeep finally reached Masara. Although I specifically instructed the conductor to drop me off at Mainit, he conveniently forgot it anyway. When asked his only response was scratching his head.

Oh well.

So I had to walk back from Masara to reach Mainit Hot Spring. After paying the entrance fee I went on to shoot some pictures of the waterfalls which was unfortunately cut short when it started to rain.

Mainit Hot Spring in Maco, Compostela ValleyMainit Hot Spring offered an entirely different experience unlike in my other Chasing Philippine Waterfalls Project trips. Often cold waters cascade down from the mountains. But in Mainit, true to its name, is naturally warm that soothes a travel-weary traveler like me. In fact, a brief moment playing the gently-flowing hot spring was more than satisfying.

Before I got myself carried away by this natural wonder, I decided to go back to the main road. There I waited for a long while for a jeep to bring me back to the transport terminal in Mawab en route to Nabunturan. Meanwhile, the afternoon downpour had made me to contemplate on what will the next nine days will be.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls. This is also part of his January 26 – February 4, 2015 Davao and SOCCSKSARGEN Backpacking Trip.


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