Abra: The Perfect Setting For A Digital Detox

It is no surprise that wildlife and nature lovers, including those budget-friendly backpackers are drawn to the secluded, beautiful province of Abra. Backpackers won't mind swapping televisions and gadgets for sweeping, breathtaking views of the incredible Apao Rolling Hills, offering a picturesque panorama and foggy atmosphere. Sounds like you won't really have time for Eat Bulaga or Netflix here.

Team 24K Magic explores Abra!

Wave goodbye to your internet connection and embrace the isolation for few days. Folks, it's time for a digital detox. Here in Abra, you can hop off the tourist trail and get lost for a while. Yes, getting lost can help you learn how to relax and to eventually go with the travel flow.


Just like you, I approach travel with the assumption that everything will go according to plan and that schedules will be adhered to and time frames will be met. Let's stop kidding ourselves because travel is unpredictable. Like rules, travel plans were made to be broken.

Me enjoying the beautiful Apao Rolling Hills!

Most of the beautiful places in Abra are beyond the reach of a phone signal due to the vast size of the province. Abra is bordered by the provinces of 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.

According to the 2015 census, Abra has a total population of almost 242,000 people. The province is politically subdivided into 27 municipalities.


Is Abra safe now? Yes, of course! The province has been tagged as unsafe due to its reputation few years ago. Time to wave goodbye to negative connotations about this landlocked, mountainous province. Abra's definitely back on the tourist map!

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HOW TO GET TO ABRA

From Manila, ride a bus heading to Bangued, Abra. Bus companies operating to Abra includes Partas, Dominion and Viron Bus. Travel time from Manila to Abra is approximately 8 hours. Bus fare is aorund Php 500-650 per person.


PLACES TO VISIT IN ABRA

As what I've mentioned earlier, Abra is the perfect setting for a digital detox. This province has so much to offer  from the breathtaking views of the mighty Abra river to its several natural attractions. Here are top destinations in Abra.

The Apao Rolling Hills, Tineg, Abra


APAO ROLLING HILLS

  • The Apao Rolling Hills, located in Tineg, is the most photographed destination in Abra. Views here are comparable to the rolling hills of Batanes and famous Binurong Point of Catanduanes. Of course, without the beach. 
  • For solo travelers, hiring a motorcycle or habal-habal is highly recommended. Fare is around Php 1,000 which can be shared by two people.
    The Apao Rolling Hills, Tineg, Abra
  • If you're traveling with a group, you may hire a 4x4 or For Ranger for around Php 3,500. 

KAPARKAN FALLS
  • I've never been here so I have nothing much to say about Kaparkan Falls yet. This waterfalls is one of the most visited destinations in Abra. 
Piwek Rock Formation, Tineg, Abra

PIWEK ROCK FORMATIONS
  • Resembles to Tinapak River in Rizal, the Piwek Rock Formations is another must-visit in Abra.
  • Getting here isn't that easy. You are expected to hike for few hours, cross a river, walk the rough rocks and a long jeepney ride. However, this rock formation is worth-visiting. 
  • Take your lunch here! The water is cold and cliff diving is one of the best things to do here.


If you're staying longer in Abra, you may include these destinations on your itinerary. Coordinate with your tour guide, check out the proximity of each destinations and ask for suggestions to have a more comprehensive travel guide.

  • Tangadan Tunnel and Gabriella Silang Monument
  • The Victoria Plaza
  • San Lorenzo Shrine
  • Bangued Town Plaza
  • Sevilleja's Farm
  • Abra's Little Baguio/Pine Trees Nursery
  • Calaba Bridge
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
  • Gabriela Silang Fine Arts Gallery
  • Don Mariano Bridge
  • Libtec Crystal Cave
  • Simimbaan River
  • Ambang Stream and Rock Formations
  • Abot Falls
  • Kili Rice Terraces
  • Kili Falls
  • Lobot Eco Park

WHO TO CONTACT IN ABRA

Getting a tour guide to a specific destination is so easy. You can simply search online. However, meeting someone who is friendly, professional and trustworthy isn't that easy.

Kath Molina is one of the best tour guides I've met. You may contact her through 0927 772 5856 if you're visiting Abra soon.



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WHERE TO STAY IN ABRA

Hollanda Residencia, located in Calaba Pyramid in Bangued, Abra, is one of the newest hostels in the area as it was officially opened to public on December 2015. Our apartment-typed room was shared by at least five persons. The room has two electric fans and electric kettle.

Hollanda Residencia looks very cozy yet it is very affordable. It is well-maintained too. I love taking a cup of coffee every morning here while enjoying the beautiful, breathtaking views!

Hollanda Residencia Homestay, Bangued, Abra

Two thumbs up for Hollanda Residencia!

For inquiries and reservations, please contact 0926 224 1497.


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