Cliff Climbing

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Flag of Philippines  , MIMAROPA,
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On our last day in El Nido, we decided to sign up for a "cliff climbing" excursion since we felt quite beached-out. We asked if this requires actual rock climbing, and they said not really - it is mainly trekking. Never believe a local! Their definition of trekking was NOT what we had in mind.
This excursion literally entailed climbing a steep, 90 degree cliffs whereby we were hanging on the rocks for dear life. A fall would have surely guaranteed death. This was not for the faint of heart. And the rocks had sharp and edgy formations that did not make landing easy!!

In the first 10 minutes, the 3 of us were drenched in sweat and we were panting like crazy. When we took a look at our guide, we noticed he was not only wearing flip flops but it was 2 sizes too small and his heels were hanging out of it! And of course he was not breaking a sweat at all (we didn't see him sweat during the entire 3 hour trip!). Unbelievable.

After an hour of this treacherous climbing, we were rewarded with an amaaaaaazing view. This view made the torture all worthwhile ;)

We spent 6 days in El Nido and despite the westernized restaurant menus and a herd of tourists that occupied the town this week, I really loved this little town. The town is built on a bay surrounded by limestone cliffs and the views were stunning everywhere you turned.

But I must say El Nido was about the most expensive island I had been to so far. It's amazing how fast you adjust to the local economy and begin to negotiate for nickels.
We were trying to negotiate a tricycle ride last night, but decided to walk, all over a quarter (in actuality, we were only being charged $1.25 for the ride)! But it was more for a principle than price - we knew we were getting ripped off and we didn't want to give in. The ride should have only cost a dollar! So we refused his service and decided to walk 15 minutes instead! Based on western standards, this would be a bit crazy.
I would have normally paid $5-7 in NYC for a cab ride for the same distance.
But if I paid NYC prices for my entire trip, I wouldn't last through the next 5 negotiate I shall!
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