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   Pagsanjan Falls 

Philippines

Pagsanjan Falls is a popular day-trip about 100 km SE of Manila located in the Laguna province. According to the guidebooks, parts of "Apocalypse Now" and "Platoon" were filmed on the river here. The river is slow and meandering with homes crowding the banks, but it doesn't take long before the river valley turns into a deep gorge, with a rainforest canopy, and the quiet waters become cascading rapids. The paddlers often jump out of the boat to manhandle it between boulders while dodging other canoes on their way down. This provides almost as much entertainment as the scenery itself. After a couple of hours, a dead-end box canyon is reached where Pagsanjan Falls tumbles over. Here you can take a raft-ferry across the plunge pool to the base of the falls. If you take the trip, be prepared to get wet, bring extra clothing, and be sure to protect your camera. The trip shown here was taken by Bjornsons, Magnificos, Burkhardts (senior) and Burkhardts (junior).

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View from above the river

Local homes along the river

Gary and Barb Burkhardt on river

Paddling thru the gorge

Pushing off the rocks to navigate the narrow river

More rock pushing

Going THRU the falls

Other passengers on the river

Locals doing laundry

Bjornsons and the elder Burkhardts hooked with Mags boat

Taking in the scenery

Taking a well deserved rest

Going to the falls

Group photo after the falls

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