Davao Region is my third and last region for this backpacking trip in Mindanao.
For this leg, my main itinerary is a hiking trip to Mt. Talomo, one of the peaks of the city.
Believe to be inhabited by the guardians of Mt Apo, the mountain is also an important ecosystem and watershed.
To reach Mt Talomo, one should navigate first the hundred hectares banana plantations in Barangay Tamayong.
As a advocate of diverse cropping and organic agriculture, it was a terrible sight to see hundred and hundreds of banana plants encroaching small communities and forest lines.
We arrived at Sicao, an Obo-Manobo upland village by mid-afternon but we decided to set camp since the weather begun to turn bad.
It’s been raining for the past weeks in Davao, making all trails muddy and difficult for trekking.
Rubbing salt into the wound, my shoes which I have been using everyday since arriving in Mindanao reached its limit.
We decided to forego the summit trek and instead went to the mountains' amazing waterfalls. We leave our stuff at the community and after four hours of trekking with my rope-supported shoes, we reached our first waterfall- Sicao Falls.
The water of the falls is cold and clean. In fact you can still drink directly the flowing water.
After an hour, we went to another site – the Tres Marias or Tatlong Maria, a three side-by-side falls.
A magnificent 180 degrees-view. Too bad my camera doesn’t have a panoramic setting.
Saw this snake along the river. Beauty isn’t it?
Luckily I managed to get back at our camp with my shoes still barely intact. We have a healthful vegan meal for lunch and then trek back to the city.
After two weeks, I ended my backpacking trip in the great Mindanao.
My deepest gratitude to Jumar, Anne and her family for their generosity and hospitality during my stay in Davao City.