Kaparkan Falls – Abra’s Hideaway Gem
Kaparkan Falls – Of Treks and Cascades
Kaparkan Falls, Tineg – Abra is one of the most underrated tourist destinations in the Cordillera Administrative Region. There are tourist spots in the province that remain out of the tourist radar. But one tourist spot in the province makes Abra one of the next destinations to visit in the Cordillera Region. One of the most celebrated tourist spots, specifically in the municipality of Tineg, is Kaparkan Falls. This multi-tiered waterfall, I can say, is literally out of this world.
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Before anything else is started, there is an orientation of the dos and don’ts of Kaparkan Falls by the ABRAmazing Tours team. They explained the topography of the area and our expectations were leveled to condition ourselves for the 3 hour-ish bumpy monster truck ride.
With an approximate total land area of 1.5 hectares, this 500-meter-long cascading waterfalls features a series of sights that are perfect for the gram. Every corner of the falls is picture-perfect, and we were just amazed by its natural beauty. There are no words, literally.
Unknown to many, the edge of Kaparkan Falls come down directly to the Abra River. With its 30-meter width, we were given 3 hours to explore the area as much as we can to give also ample time to back to Tayum (drop-off area). Luckily when me and my other companions visited Kaparkan Falls, the weather was fine and the water flowing from the cascades were just right. Everything fell perfectly on its place. This hidden paradise of Abra is quite far from the suburbs but it is worth the visit. Not to mention the adventurous and bumpy monster truck ride which is a part of the Kaparkan experience.
Dos and Don’ts inside the falls
As Kaparkan Falls is a nature preserve, it is a must that every tourist visiting the place must exercise responsibility and sustainability. With this, the tour guides laid out several, simple rules to follow when visiting:
– Swimming in the Abra River (at the end of the falls) is strictly prohibited
– Eating inside the falls area is prohibited
– “Leave No Trace” Principle (do not take anything found within the area)
– Practice Clean-as-you-go and all waste / trash must be disposed properly
How to get to Kaparkan Falls
After the orientation of the ABRAmazing Team at the drop-off point in Tayum (Fariñas Ilocos Empanada Restaurant), the 3-hour ride is approximately 45 kilometers long, with the last 6 kilometers passing through the rocky trail going to the drop-off point of Kaparkan Falls. At the drop-off signage, we trekked for about 400 meters for 45 minutes and finally reached the first cascades of the falls. The falls is located in Sitio Kaparkan, Caganayan, Tineg, Abra.
If you plan to visit Kaparkan Falls anytime soon, you can contact Abramazing Tours through their Facebook Page. They respond quickly and will also tailor Abra tours for you if you plan to explore the rest of Abra Province.
If you are Baguio City-based, you can also contact kuya Arvin Balageo of The Northern Nomads or contact him at +63 956 653 2455.
If you are Metro Manila-based, you can contact kuya Mitch Bersamin of Wandérive or contact him at +63 976 031 3896.
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