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"Experience being disconnected from the outside world..."

[TINEG, ABRA, PHILIPPINES] ► As of this writing, I believe it would be safe to say that Tineg is not a popular tourist destination yet. Aside from the bad reputation (political killings) it earned from the past decade, it's also very remote. But the town captured my heart and I believe it deserves vindication. Its raw natural wonders gave me some of the best travel days of my life. 

TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO TINEG!


Take note that the town is huge (one-fifth of the land area of Abra belongs to Tineg) so expect that there are many places here with great potential. However, this time, I can only share to you some of the destinations I've visited in Tineg that I think would play a big role in the young tourism industry of Abra. (I'll update this post whenever I discover/visit new interesting destinations.)

Now, let's begin to discover the raw and hidden wonders of this mountain town.

1. Guitup Falls
TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► GUITUP FALLS


Short Info: A leisure trek in the forests of Tineg through narrow and steep cliff-side trails and river boulders will lead you to a 6-meter tall waterfall locally called Guitup Falls. In the Adasen dialect (the dialect of the Adasen tribe of Tineg), guitup means a narrow opening/passageway. As you can see, the water of Guitup falls runs through a deep narrow gorge then drops out via a narrow opening to a wide, shallow natural catch basin.

How to Go? This waterfall is not advisable for D-I-Y travelers. You have to visit Brgy Agsimao first and do a courtesy call to their Brgy Chairman so that you can ask for local guides and arrange for food and accommodation. There are no inns or commercial accommodations in Agsimao. You can stay in a local house if you find one. From Agsimao, local guides will bring you there if you wish.

2. Upper Tineg River of Clouds
TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► UPPER TINEG RIVER OF CLOUDS


Short Info: Basically it should be a sea of clouds (as what most people call it) but I'd rather call it river of clouds because of the narrow strip of clouds that cover the narrow snaking gorge of Tineg that looks like a raging river. This river of clouds appears on sunrise under good weather condition.

How to Go? This view can be seen along the main access road of Tineg. Just be sure to be here before sunrise in order not to miss this view. We departed ▼ #BANGUED

#BANGUED


at around 04:30 AM so we were lucky to witness the river of clouds on time.

3. Anito Falls and River Boulders
TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► ANITO ALLS AND RIVER BOULDERS


Short Info: Less than an hour trek from the Agsimao village in Tineg are the jaw-dropping boulders of a place locally called Anito which means "supernatural being." The locals believe that this place is home to some anitos. Some boulders here are as large as a big house.

How to Go? From the village of Agsimao, hire a guide to bring you here. Basically, almost everyone in the village knows the way to Anito.

4. Tineg River
TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► TINEG RIVER


Short Info: Tineg River is long and is one of the greatest rivers of Abra. Basically, there are no commercial tour operators, travel and leisure facilities and amenities (as of this writing) involving the Tineg River but name what you want and Tineg River is ready to offer you light adventures to extreme water activities. It has big potential for river rafting, leisure fishing, cliff diving, swimming or simply chill with friends over grilled igat on the riversides. If you want to do extreme water adventures here, bring your own gears and be mindful of your safety.

How to Go? Tineg River is accessible through a short trek from the Agsimao village. The river can also be viewed from the Kaparkan Falls trail. The Tineg River is long so the options I mentioned above are just two of the many options you can do.

5. Mount Manigo
TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► MOUNT MANIGO


Short Info: Mount Manigo is the tallest mountain in Tineg. I would like to mention that I've never climbed yet this mountain. I included it here just in case there are mountaineer readers here who are looking for mountains to climb in Tineg.

How to Go? I don't have guides or contacts for a Mt Manigo Climb but if you are interested, you could arrange with the Brgy Chairman of Agsimao, the Tineg LGU or the provincial tourism department of Abra based in Bangued.

6. Manambor Falls
TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► MANAMBOR FALLS


Short Info: Manambor Falls plays a big role in the folklore of the town. Stories of a kingdom below the deep natural pool of Manambor falls have been passed from generation to generations. Reaching the waterfall is an adventure itself. You have to cross and swim in raging creeks (kinda canyoneering), traverse a mountain and survive the steep and slippery rocky trails in order to reach this waterfall. Its rawness is heavenly!

How to Go? You can arrange a trek to Manambor falls with the locals of Agsimao. Please don't ask me for their contact numbers because I didn't list down their phone numbers due to the absence of mobile network signal here. Some of our guides didn't have mobile phones at all. If you are really passionate in exploring this town, head directly to Agsimao for arrangements or if you know some officials in Bangued that could assist you, go for it. In my case, it was the former Vice Governor of Abra, Hon. Chari Bersamin, who assisted us in our Tineg town explorations.

7. Mount Laya
TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► MOUNT LAYA


Short Info: The trails of Mount Laya was basically our exit route from Manambor Falls. We traversed this mountain to reach our jump-off. I included this mountain on this list to give adventurers out there more adventure options.

How to Go? If you were successful in coordinating for your Manambor Falls trek, you may ask your local guides to include Mount Laya traverse on your exit route from the falls.

8. Agsimao Village
TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► AGSIMAO VILLAGE


Short Info: If you just want cultural immersions here in Tineg, Agsimao village is the place to be. Agsimao is the poblacion of the town. Immerse yourself with the Adasen tribe, a sub-tribe of the larger group of tribes called Itneg (endonym) or Tingguian (exonym). Experience their local way of life, taste their brewed coffee, wild boar (alingo) soup, river eel (igat) dishes and organic red rice, see traditional rice granaries and witness their tadek dance during special occasions. Tineg is an ancestral domain of the Adasen people.

How to Go? There are three trips to Agsimao from Bangued in a week: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The jeeps leave Bangued around 11-12 noon. Take note that all trips to Agsimao are cancelled during rainy seasons so plan your Tineg adventures during summer.

9. Kaparkan/Mulawin Falls
TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► KAPARKAN FALLS

Short Info: Kaparkan Falls is the most popular tourist attraction in Tineg. Aside from the fact that the waterfall has an astounding beauty, the Tineg tourism office and the office of Cong JB Bernos with the aid of his appointed tourism consultants are doing some works to bring tourists to this waterfall as easy as possible.

How to Go? Every Saturday and Sunday, a team of official travel coordinators for Tineg organize a one-day trip to Kaparkan Falls. Prior booking is needed.

Read more details: ▼ KAPARKAN FALLS: NATURE-ENGINEERED SPRING TERRACES OF ABRA

[TINEG] ► Kaparkan Falls: Nature-Engineered Spring Terraces of Abra


TEASER ▬ Abra's natural environment has engineered this incredible masterpiece right before my mind could ever imagine a waterfall that may look as grand as this. I found out that nature could surpass human creativity and imagination.



10. Salagpat Rice Terraces
TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► SALAGPAT RICE TERRACES


Short Info: Discover rice terraces in Tineg you've never seen before. Near the Tineg River in Agsimao are breathtaking rice terraces.

How to Go? From Agsimao village, hire a guide. Salagpat rice terraces is around 30 minutes away from the village.

11. Gabutao Brook
TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► GABUTAO BROOK


Short Info: Clear, clean and cold spring water will tempt you to unclothe, get wet and plunge. Its water is fed by a water source that also supplies Manambor Falls.

How to Go? You can see this brook on your way to Manambor Falls.

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The town of Tineg is raw. It's open for the brave-soul traveler. If you plan to visit the town, be ready to get stranded as transportation is limited. However, enjoy every second of your stay here. Experience being disconnected from the outside world and Tineg might also give you the best travel days of your lives. | end |

JANUARY 2014, MARCH 2015 and SEPTEMBER 2016: MY SELFIES FROM MY TINEG ADVENTURES
TINEG, ABRA PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES

TINEG TOURIST SPOTS

[TINEG] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO TINEG!


► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

[1] Thank you to the former Vice Governor of Abra, Hon Chari Bersamin, for assisting us to explore Tineg in January 2014, March 2015 and September 2016 as well as to Mr George Anthony Lalin for hosting us during our Kaparkan falls trip.

[2] This post was filed under the category "Town Explorer Collections." There is a section below where you can see other related posts from this category.

[3] All maps I used on this post are from Google Maps.

[4] All photos are mine.

[5] The insights, condition and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you try or see the properties or places mentioned here. Names of places and properties may also change by time so it's not my responsibility to update all the information on this blog because once published, I already consider it an archive and I won't update my narratives because I want them to become my references of what have happened in the past. I'm very particular of the dates because I want my amazing readers to understand that I am writing stories based on my perspective and insights on the day of my visit. You can see dates almost everywhere on this blog. Exempted from this rule are my travel guide posts that need to be updated.

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