Bukidnon Escapade: Chasing Waterfalls at CEDAR
CEDAR – Center for Development and Recreation is another adventure destination that you should not miss when you get to Bukidnon. A reforestation project of the local government and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and it has a total land area of 1703 hectares containing awesome man-made and natural forest.
For adventure-seekers, CEDAR is a good destination for chasing waterfalls that can be trekked less than an hour. It has five waterfalls in total but only Natigbasan Falls, Gantungan Falls and Dila Falls are popular since they are very accessible to trek around within the vicinity.
The awesome man-made forest of CEDAR.
3 major Waterfalls in CEDAR:
Photo Credit: Mark Arcebal Kling Naive
Man-made Swimming Pool
How to get there:
The Center for Development and Recreation commonly known as CEDAR is particularly located in Brgy. Impalutao, Impasug-ong , Bukidnon.
It takes 2 hours travelling from Cagayan de Oro to Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. Take a bus bound for Davao, Valencia, Maramag or Malaybalay. Tell the Bus conductor to drop you off at Brgy. Impalutao. Don’t worry because there is a big signage of CEDAR along the highway so you cannot miss it.
Rates and Fees:
Since CEDAR is a protected area and managed by the Government the entrance fee is very affordable that costs only 10.00 pesos and you can go anywhere you want within the area. The place is already developed. They provided Basketball court, picnic area, camping site and natural swimming pool.
“I had an amazing trekking experience in CEDAR. I so love the place especially the preserved natural wonders in the forest. It was my first time trekking in the rain and roaming the entire area. We actually didn’t feel the coldness of the place. The weather was so bad that time. I was worried of my DSLR camera to get wet. We never had chance to see the falls up close especially in Natigbasan and Gantungan because its very tricky. The falls is not advisable for swimming because the current is very strong. But, it was still adventurous for me. It’s like I’m one of the contenders of american TV shows like amazing race or survivor. When we got there, It feels like we’re the only person existing. You can do anything you want. No need for us to hire a tour guide since the trail is very accessible and easy to locate. You just need to walk, appreciate and enjoy every single moment.“