Hello guys! I am finally done with my Korea blogs! I know it took a while but haven’t you noticed that I’ve been posting more often? Hehe. I am super super proud of myself! 😛 But before I start my Japan blogs I want to share with you a few of my back logs. First – Kaparkan Falls in Abra, which my family and I went to last October 2017 and my next blog will be a three-part series all about Quezon/Masbate where my fam spent Christmas last year.
Click the read more button to see what I got up to here in Abra!
Coming from Pampanga, the drive to Abra was around 8 to 9 hours. We drove here ourselves but if you want to take a bus here Partas, Dominion and Viron buses have daily trips to Bangued, Abra from Manila.
Left Pampanga in the early morning and arrived at around 3:00 pm. We stopped at the sign to get a pic, as we usually do and a little ways down the road is the Gabriela Cariño Silang Monument. She is a Filipina revolutionary leader, best known as the first female leader of a Filipino movement for independence from Spain.
Close by to the town proper is Victoria Park. Just a small park where you can get a beautiful view of Abra and take a photo with the I (heart) Abra sign!
We spent the rest of the afternoon just exploring the town and had dinner at a local place where we try some Papaitan and Pancit Miki (Pancit Abra).
The main reason we came to Abra was to see the Kaparkan Falls, also known as the Mulawin Falls, and the limestone terraces of Abra. Here’s what our day looked like:
|7:00am||Headed to the waiting area (we were staying close by)||We left our car at the place that we were staying at and rode a tricycle to the waiting area instead.|
We stopped by McDonald’s and Mercury Drug store to get our lunch, snacks and water for the day!
|7:30am||Registered, paid then waited for monster jeeps to arrive||Price is Php 800 per person. Includes transportation to and from the falls only.|
*Be sure to buy food before you go since there are no stores available there.
|8:00am||Made our way to the falls (2 hours)||Super super super bumpy ride, so if you get car sick easily definitely take Meclizine before you travel!|
You can also either choose to ride inside the jeep or top-load. Of course I choose to ride inside haha. But it if you want to top-load make sure to bring some glasses to protect your eyes from the dirt/dust/etc. and also handkerchief to cover your nose and mouth.
|10:00am||Arrived! Ate lunch and then enjoyed Kaparkan Falls!||See our photos below.|
|4.00pm||Arrived at waiting area||We were so tired! Hahaha. But worth it!|
Super bumpy ride! The driver also put chains on the wheels to help them navigate through the mud. Make sure you’re holding on something while going through the rough parts.
My arm was aching by the time we got there! Haha.
We went during around end October (dry season). The locals do say it is better to go during the wet season when it’s overflowing with water!
Still it was a beautiful place to visit! Definitely worth the trip!
About a 20 minute trek down you get to see more hidden gems!
Make sure to take a guide with you because it’s quite steep and one wrong move could set you going wayyyyy down.
My brother and I actually tried to go without a guide but we were roadblock in a forest of bamboo and had no idea where to go. Haha! On our way back we found a guide who help us on the way down.
I had an amazing time here! Really great to experience riding in a “monster jeep” and seeing the Kaparkan Falls.
Have you been here before? If not, will you add this place to your bucket list? Let me know in the comments section below.
- Exploring Angkor Wat And Siem Reap
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
- Queen Victoria Market Day
- Exploring Melbourne Zoo