For me, Abra is one of the least visited provinces here in the Philippines. You probably cannot see the name of this place at the top of the most traveler’s bucketlists. Maybe because of its “unsafe” reputation due to political wars.
However, those dangers were all in the past and I can say that it is now safe particularly for travelers.
Where exactly is Abra?
According to google, Abra is a landlocked province of the Philippinesin the CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) in Luzon. Its capital is Bangued and is bordered by Ilocos Norte on the northwest, Apayao on the northeast, Kalinga on the mid-east, Mountain Province on the southeast, and Ilocos Sur on the southwest.Recently, Abra became popular on social media due to its viral photos of a “terraced” waterfalls which is located in Tineg Abra. It is described as “terraced” because it is similar to some of the rice terraces in Mountain Province. The only difference is that, this falls has a clear blue water in every terraces.They named this as Kaparkan Falls or Mulawin Falls and it is one of the rising attractions in the province of Abra and was later featured on the GMA Tv show Biyahe ni Drew.
Who would have thought that Abra has this kind of breathtaking view?
According to locals, it is good to come here during the rainy season because there’s not much to see during the dry season. Take note that getting here is an adventure so it requires a lot of stamina. Nonetheless, you will be rewarded with such an awesome view once you reach Kaparkan Falls.On a side note, they closed the place back in 2016 for the road improvement and was reopened last 2017. So I strongly encourage every travelers to put Abra on your next travel destinations. There are actually awesome views and hidden gems that can only be seen there.
Tips: Mostly of the interesting sights require long land travel so I suggest that it’s best to bring your own vehicle if you have. And it’s best to coordinate with the tourism office at the Provincial Capitol in Bangued before your visit. Lastly, the months from August to November is the best to schedule your visit here.
Disclaimer: Some of the photos used on this post was grabbed on Instagram. Credits goes to its respective owners.
Thank you for reading!