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Negros' Nature Adventure: Casaroro Falls of Valencia

If you happen to drop by the rustic little town of Valencia, it wouldn't hurt if you'd take the opportunity and explore what needs to be explored in this gem of a place.
Aside from the famed Forest Camp, World War II Museum, and what not, Valencia happens to be the home of Oriental Negros' most photographed and definitely most famous waterfalla014Casaroro Falls.

The single veil of Casaroro Falls drops unimpeded down a ninety-foot ravine and into a swirling pool that, well, reminds you of a flushing toilet. Jutting rocks await the water as it falls in a great and mighty roar.
Huge tree ferns in verdant hues and intricate patterns shroud rock faces covered by mother nature herself.

Precipices enclose the liquid pillar as it splashes through rocky outcroppings creating an invigorating draft that's sure to make one breathless at the spectacle. Take a dip in the chilly natural pool and savor the goodness of nature.

Pristine and lush, Casaroro Falls takes one back thousands of years ago when man and nature coexisted in peace.

Derived from the name, a018 Casa ni Roro' or a018Roro's House, Casaroro Falls is easily accessible through a thirty-minute ride from the town proper along a scenic mountain road.

If you happen to be the adventurous type, steep and slippery mountain paths are a challenge to overcome with the falls' view being the ultimate trophy.

Take a day off and drop by Valencia. Drink in the sights, listen to the roar of Casaroro Falls, be under nature's spell.

Mount Talinis of Valencia
Rising 5, 905 feet above sea level is Mount Talinis. Mythical and forbidding at first sight, its twin peak, popularly known as Cuernos de Negros (the Horns of Negros), reaches towards the fiery firmament of the heavens. No, unlike Mt. Olympus, no
gods or goddesses have dwelled there for as long as anyone could remember but hey, who can really tell?

Synonymous to adventure, Mt. Talinis is bound to satisfy any nature lover's thirst for thrill and the unknown. Moreover, it ignites and reawakens anyone's urge to commune with nature and talk the unspoken language of the wild.

Broad-leafed tree ferns droop down from arching and twisting branches of over 91 tree species present. Wild orchids and tropical plants fringe every crack and crevice of the place, accentuating the deep green hues.

For those in search of a more dynamic form of wildlife, Mt. Talinis is home to the fresh water eel, a myriad of freshwater fishes such as the tilapia, puny freshwater shrimps and snails. Boars lurk behind dry brushes while chickens roam about, pecking the rich, dark soil. By mid afternoon, allow the soothing coos of the pigeons to fill your ears. Listen to the soft hissing of snakes. Witness monkeys scale branches and munch on fruit. Be awed by the brooding sight of the great monitor lizard.

Undoubtedly, it is in Mt. Talinis that one can catch a glimpse of the Philippine spotted deer endemic to Negros and Panay, prancing across the thickets; not to mention the procession of the Ethelum chapmanii or the brown ant. The Visayan warty pig (Sus cebifrons), another endangered species, lingers within the shadows while at night, the Philippine tube-nosed bat (Nyctemene raborii) takes flight.

For first timers, Mt. Talinis is easily accessed through nature trails in Bidjao, Dauin and Aplong, Valencia. For the more seasoned adventurers, regular regional climbs are conducted by the Cuernos de Negros Mountaineers.

Conquer Oriental Negros. Conquer Mt. Talinis. Be the god of the wild.









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