Wednesday, June 29, 2022

My Last Two Provinces, Short Visit in Kalinga and Abra

Return to the North, My Final Provinces to complete the 81 Provinces of the Philippines June 24 to 27, 2022

My 102nd solo backpacking trip and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself (DIY) itinerary from arrival to departure. Also, Kalinga and Abra served as my 80th and 81st province respectively on my quest to conquer the 81 Provinces of the Philippines.

The new normal of traveling is inevitable. Pandemic doesn't stop me of my dream and excitement to visit places I've never been. Coming from a 7 months solo trip in American Continent from Nov. 2020 to Jun. 2021, this itchy feet strikes again. This trip is also considered as my Pandemic Adventure Series following the (1) Earth Circumnavigation Jan. 2020, (2) Abu Dhabi Folding Bike Cycling Apr. 2020, (3) Caribbean and Europe Oct. 2020, (4) American Continent Jan. 2021, (5) Mindanao Nov. 2021, (6) Visayas to Luzon RORO Trips Feb. 2022, (7) Mindoro Island Mar. 2022 and (8) Southernmost Philippines Apr. 2022

I made a short visit unintentionally to Kalinga and Abra due to the following;

For Kalinga, my planned itinerary was to visit Buscalan rice terraces. Due to no regular transport from Tabuk to Buscalan and no transport from Tabuk to any part of Abra, I decided to go to Baguio for Bangued destination. 14 hours gruesome bus travel from Tabuk to Bangued transit in Baguio 

For Abra, my planned itinerary was to visit Kaparkan Falls. As advised during visit in Bangued, Kaparkan Falls is subjective to open in public on August 2022. Thus, I just visited the Cassamata Hills out of frustration and did not visit other tourist spots anymore.

Preparation: CebuPacific SuperPass MNL-TUG-MNL 1,900

Day 01: June 24, 2022 Friday
0230H ETD Home; Grab taxi to Airport 750
0400H ETA NAIA Terminal 3; check-in
0650H ETD Manila; flight 5J 504
0800H ETA Tuguegarao; tricycle to van terminal 20
0830H ETD Tuguegarao; van 150
1000H ETA Tabuk; no transport to Buscalan / Abra
Lunch 200; tricycle to Talama Viewing Deck 150; Snacks 106; dinner 105
1700H ETD Tabuk; overnight van 1,000
Total: PHP 2,571

Day 02: June 25, 2022 Saturday 
0100H ETA Baguio; 3BU Hostel 400; breakfast 85
0900H ETD Baguio; bus 400; snacks 100
1500H ETA Bangued; walk to hotel; Don Virgilio Valera Mansion 1N 1,500; dinner 140
Victoria park / Cassamata hills 
Total: PHP 2,625

My Last Two Provinces, Short Visit in Kalinga and Abra

My Last Two Provinces, Short Visit in Kalinga and Abra

My Last Two Provinces, Short Visit in Kalinga and Abra

My Last Two Provinces, Short Visit in Kalinga and Abra

My Last Two Provinces, Short Visit in Kalinga and Abra

My Last Two Provinces, Short Visit in Kalinga and Abra

My Last Two Provinces, Short Visit in Kalinga and Abra

My Last Two Provinces, Short Visit in Kalinga and Abra

My Last Two Provinces, Short Visit in Kalinga and Abra

My Last Two Provinces, Short Visit in Kalinga and Abra

Northern Philippines day 1: My 80th Province, Kalinga. Short visit in Talama Viewing Deck #solobackpacker #livealifeyouwillremember #philippines #lakbayPinas #pinoytraveler #pilipinas #luzon

Northern Philippines day 3: My 81st Province and the last, Abra. Unfortunately Kaparkan falls is still closed to public, just visited the Cassamata Hill #solobackpacker #livealifeyouwillremember #philippines #lakbayPinas #pinoytraveler #pilipinas #luzon


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