Carmen, a town in the northeast part of Cebu is not popular when it comes to beaches. The town is home to several religious houses and monasteries that has served as a silect sanctuary for those who want to contemplate and rekindle with themselves. Thus, the town of Carmen has been known to many as a place of tranquility and devotion.
Another interesting fact, the town also celebrates Sinulog sa Carmen. It is held every 4th sunday of January a week after the Grand Sinulog celebration of Cebu.
While the town takes pride on rich religious history, its mountainous terrain serves as an avenue for thrill and adventure. Travel junkies visits the town to chase and conquer waterfalls, plunge into its hot and cold springs, trek rivers and explore its breath-taking caves.
Just a month ago, the team visited Durano EcoFarm & Spring Resort. This resort is known for its ice-cold swimming pools and cozy green environment. It was a weekend and a lot of people have been plunging the ice-cold pools. We arrived a bit early so we managed to enjoy the pools.
Since most of the pools are crowded, a resort staff suggested that we should try trekking the river just beside the resort. That’s what most visitors do especially if a lot of visitors checked in. And so we did and the rest was history. It was truly a heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping experience.
How to get to Durano EcoFarm & Spring Resort:
- Take a bus at the Cebu North Bus Terminal. You can take any bus bound north. Carmen is just after the town of Danao. The fare is usually P50.
- Stop by at the Carmen market. This is the best place where you can get your transportation bound to the resort. Convenient if you have your own vehicle as habal² is the only means of transport. Don’t worry, the road is not that bumpy. Habal² fare is P35/pax.
Adults – P60
Kids – P30
Cottage – Starts at P650, depending on the size
Food/Beverage – A bit expensive but still affordable.
Do a little haggle with the Habal² fare, some would go for P30/pax.
Habal² terminal is located approx 200m from the resort. Much to ask for the driver’s phone number (if he has a phone) so you can call/text him if you need a ride home.