Sunday, October 1, 2017


Kaparkan Falls, Bangued, Abra

Kaparkan Falls is one of the rising tourist destination in Abra. At the top level is a terraces of cold spring. A trek down the terraces will reveal two cascading waterfalls which they call Blue Lagoons as the catch basin of the falls resembles a lagoon. At the lowest level is the biggest falls that stream directly to the river. Collectively, these four levels of falls are the Kaparkan falls.

Terraces of Cold Spring

Blue Lagoon
There's another one on top of this

Lowest level - Biggest Falls

How to get to Abra
You can get to Bangued, Abra via Partas, Dominion & Viron Bus Line. They have  daily trips to Bangued Abra and travel time is about 8 hours.
  Pasay to Bangued Abra – PHP 760
  Cubao to Bangued Abra – PHP 743
  Baguio to Bangued Abra – PHP 335
You may check the schedules and fares or make a reservation in this link  --> Biyaheroes

How to get to Kaparkan Falls
The registration for the tour is in the DPWH Office of Bangued, Abra. It is also the terminal for the monster jeeps.

The tour operator has one trip during weekdays and three trips during weekends. It is best to contact the tour operator before heading to Abra to make your reservation.
Kaparkan Tour Rate is PHP 800 per pax which includes transportation fee (RT), registration, sanitary and environmental fees, and guide fee.

You may contact DyKath at 0927-772-5856 for reservation and queries.

The only means of tranportation to Kaparkan Falls is through Monster Jeep

Other Sites to Visit in Abra
Tangadan Tunnel
Sapilang Twin Falls
Calaba Bridge
Don Mariano Marcos Bridge
Simbulan Falls – Lubot Eco Park
Casamata Hill/Victoria Park
Kaparkan Falls

If you’re travelling solo, you can hire a habal-habal/tricycle to take you to these places.
You may contact Kuya Dominic at 0935-681-6549 for queries.
Don Mariano Marcos Bridge
Calaba Bridge
Sapilang Twin Falls
Lubot Falls

Higher Level of Lubot Falls
Sunset @ Don Mariano Marcos Bridge

Tangadan Tunnel
At Victoria Peak. Overlooking Bangued, Abra

Other Sites to Visit near Abra

Pinsal Falls is located in Sta Maria, Ilocos Sur. From the main high way of Sta Maria, you can hire a tricycle to take you to the falls. If you want to take a closer look at the falls. You will need to trek a 15-30 minute trail.

2 Days 1 Night Itinerary
Day 1
9:00PM – 5:30:AM – Travel time from Makati to Sta Maria, Ilocos Sur
5:30AM – 6:30AM – Trek to Pinsal Falls/Photo ops
6:30AM – 7:00AM – Breakfast
7:00AM – 7:30AM – Travel from Sta Maria, ilocos Sir to Abra Tunnel
7:30AM – 7:45AM – Photo ops at Tangadan Tunnel
7:45AM – 8:30AM – Travel to Bangued/Bought food
8:30AM – 9:30AM – Check in at Accom/Prep for tour
9:30AM – 9:15AM – Travel from Accom to Calaba Bridge/Photo ops
9:15AM – 9:30AM – Travel from Bridge to Sapilang Twin Falls jump-off 
9:30AM – 9:45AM – Prep for Trek/waiting time/Registration
9:45AM – 10:00AM – Trek to Sapilang Twin Falls
10:00AM – 11:30AM – Explore Sapilang Falls/Photo ops
11:30AM – 12:30PM – Trek back to jump-off point
12:30NN – 12:45PM – Travel to downtown for lunch
12:45PM – 1:30PM – Lunch
1:30PM – 1:45PM – Travel to Don Mariano Marcos Bridge
1:45PM – 2:00PM – Photo ops
2:00PM – 2:15PM – Travel to Lubot Falls Jump Off Point
2:15PM –  2:30PM – Registration
2:30PM – 3:00PM – Trek to Lubot Falls
3:00PM – 4:30PM – Explore Lubot Falls
4:30PM – 5:00PM – Trek back to jump off point
5:00PM – 5:15PM – Travel back to Don Mariano Marcos Bridge – Sunset
5:15PM – 5:30PM – Travel back to Downtown
5:30PM – 6:30PM – Dinner
6:30PM – onwards – Wash-up/Socials/Lights-off

Day 2
5:00AM – 6:00AM – Wake up/Breakfast/Prep for Tour
6:00AM – 6:15AM -  Travel to Casamata Hill/Victoria Park
6:15AM – 6:30AM – Photo ops at Victoria Park (Overlooking Bangued, Abra)
6:30AM – 6:45AM – Bought food for lunch (Mcdo was the only fastfood open at that time)
6:45AM – 7:00AM – Travel to DPWH
7:00AM – 8:00AM – Registration for Kaparkan Tour/Waiting time
8:00AM – 11:15AM – Travel to Kaparkan Falls – Jump off via Monster Jeep
11:15AM – 11:45AM – Trek to Kaparkan Falls
11:45AM – 12:00NN – Ate lunch
12:00NN – 2:30PM – Explore Kaparkan Falls (4 levels)/Photo ops
02:30PM – 3:00PM – Trek back to Jump off point
03:00PM – 6:00PM – Travel back to DPWH via Monster Jeep
06:00PM – 06:30PM – Dinner
6:30PM – 7:30PM – Wash up/Prep
07:30PM – 2:00AM – Travel back to Makati

For our Abra Trip, we joined the organized tour of Bernation. Everything was arranged by our tour coordinator who by the way was one of the blessed people to complete Project PH 81! Total damage was PHP3,200 plus meals. The whole experience was breathtaking (Literally and figuratively!). I’m giving two thumbs up for Bernation! You may contact him via in his FB Page here --> Bernation for the list of tours or for any inquiries.

But wait there’s more, I made a collab with him to come up with my Indaygala travel shirt. Charan! I have a travel shirt and official watermark on my pictures now. I’m so happy! The transaction was smooth and easy. Plus, Bernard was always online to answer my queries. The result was superb. If you want to have your own travel shirt you may contact him through the FB page above.

Pictures were captured using Lenovo Vibeshot “Pro” mode and only minimal enhancement were made.

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