PINSAL FALLS: Ilocos Sur Off The Beaten Path Destination
The province of Ilocos is not only world famous for its heritage houses and cobblestoned road but also because of its people, food and falls!
Way back in 2008, I had a chance to visit Ilocos with my classmate. I had a kalesa tourin Vigan and was brought to different parts of Ilocos Sur by my classmate's family who happened to be based in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur.
Fast forward to 2016, I finally met in person travel blogger par excellence Edmar Guquib. He served as our guide on our last day in Vigan. This time around, he guided us to the off the beaten path destination of Ilocos, the Pinsal Falls!
Pinsal Falls is so beautiful! We were smitten by its beauty! It is conveniently located in the town of Santa Maria in the province of Ilocos Sur. Which is a short bus and tricycle away from our hotel. With a height of approximately 85 feet, it is known for being the largest waterfalls in Ilocos. The majestic landscape somewhat gives me a sense of calm. It is only a few minutes walk from where our hired trikes parked. I really thought it would be very difficult for a person with disability like me. I am a ruptured brain aneurysm survivor and my sense of balance is really off. But it was worth the journey. When we reached the falls and upon seeing the view up close and personal, I have to admit that these kind of beauty is what I really missed from my 5-year hiatus. The view from the nipa hut where we sat was really breathtaking!
Bring food with you and don't go there without a local guide. If ever you need a guide, I highly recommend Edmar Guquib. He's not only knowledgeable about Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Abra, he is also very passionate about the place of his birth.
Get discounts on various tours with Edmar by telling him that Cha Sy recommended you.
God bless us all and enjoy your trip.
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