North Cotabato Tourist Spots
A spectacular-curtain-like waterfalls. Yes, that's Asik-Asik Falls hiding in the mountainous area of Upper Dado, Alamada, North Cotabato. Its unique landscape and breathtaking beauty spread online which captured the eyes of the world. Who says "no" to its majestic wall covered with lush green vegetation, such as moss and ferns, highlighted by the hardwood trees and the clear blue skies. And in between these hanging ornaments are cold and crystal clear rushing water naturally falling on a shallow rocky pool surrounded by artistic rocks and boulders. Such a perfect place to relax and distress.

tourist spots in North Cotabato
After Asik-Asik Falls, still via habal-habal, I was brought to a much more super hidden waterfalls in Alamada - they call in Palipaz Falls. Travel time is more than an hour passing by the banana plantation and wide remote areas. The roads are not concrete and it's more challenging than I thought but, you will be rewarded with a picture perfect waterfalls. Though it's not grand as the Asik-asik, still it has an amazing and relaxing ambiance as it is surrounded by greens. By the way, Palipaz has less people, so you can own it!

Reaching these two waterfalls of North Cotabato was not easy. Though the highway is wide and concrete, the ascending and descending will definitely give you a breathtaking and remarkable experience. During my travel, the sun was shining brightly but the wind was strong and cold, still tan lines were formed because I was wearing sando. Not only that, you will also be experience the "tagaktak pawis" because going to the spots of Asik-Asik and Palipaz falls needs a countless steps.

Contact: Yson Padrique, habal driver/tour
Ph: 09268605767

From Manila, you can take a flight to Cotabato City, then, take a habal or jeepney to the bus terminal in poblacion, just tell the driver to drop you off at the terminal with a bus bound for Libungan. At the terminal ride in a bus bound for Davao City (make sure that it's a bus with 10 stops). Then, alight in Libungan Terminal. In my case, I was at the Poblacion area in Cotabato City, I rode in a jeepney to a bus terminal and alighted in Libungan Terminal, where I met Yson, my driver/tour guide.

I had a day tour in North Cotabato and headed to Davao City where I spent an overnight. But Yson mentioned that there is a homestay in Alamada, so, it's better if you coordinate with him prior to your travel. If your exit is in Cotabato City, I spent an overnight at Carta de Amor for 500 pesos for a room with AC and TV. I added its location in Google Maps, just search "Carta de Amor." READ: 9 Days Solo-Backpacking in Sarangani Province, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Agusan del Sur, and Davao City.

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