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Liguis Circular Walk or Cycle, La Paz, Abra
Short Walks and Cycle Rides in Abra
I often see cyclists pedaling along the Abra-Ilocos Norte road, looking quite bored as if they are being punished, as they do their daily/weekly/monthly exercise routine.The Bangued to Danglas road is very popular with the city’s cyclists, mainly at weekends. The problem is that a long boring asphalt road without many challenges does become very dull and mundane week after week.
For people who like to hike or walk daily as part of their fitness regime, the most popular route it seems is to walk the two kilometres across Calaba Bridge and back.
This got me thinking that surely there must be some other routes or detours they could take to make life just that little bit more interesting. So, out came the map of the local area and I have found some local short, easy hikes and cycle rides that can be managed by almost anyone with a basic level of fitness.
So keep a lookout for any that might interest you.
Where is Barangay Liguis
Barangay Liguis is one of the twelve barangays of La Paz, Abra with a population of 973 in 2015. The barangay is made up of four Sitios – Ganao, Liguis Proper, Salangsang, and Sidongan.
Surrounded by mountains on one side and the Soot River on the other, Barangay Liguis until a few years ago was cut off during the rainy season when the river waters rose, making the crossing more difficult. Now with the opening of a new road from the Mudeng side of Soot Bridge to Liguis, there is an alternative route to travel to and from the Barangay.
The main occupation of Liguis is farming. There are a few households that are involved in the making of bamboo products at home.
Riyaba Cave is one of Barangay Liguis attractions.
Bamboo Raft crossing Soot River to Brgy Liguis, La Paz, Abra
Liguis Circular Walk
Start and Finish – Triple R Panciteria, San Gregorio, La Paz, Abra
Coordinates – 17°38′43.42″N 120°38′19.5″E
Distance – 5.7 Kilometres
Time – Two to Three Hours easy walking
The Route – Triple R Panciteria – Cross Soot River – Sitio Ganao – Liguis Proper – Soot Bridge – Triple R Panciteria
This route is good for both hikers and cyclists.
Especially good for the fitness cyclists who ride along the main Abra-Ilocos Norte road. The route provides an easy and safer ride along almost traffic free, partially concreted surfaces and dirt tracks from the Triple R Panciteria to Soot Bridge and also adds 4km to your journey, as well as some challenges, excitement and good viewpoints.
Triple R Panciteria to Sitio Ganao – 1.65Km
Arriving at the Triple R Panciteria, if you came by car then park up in the shade of the trees, cross the road and walk 50 metres to the last house on the left side, where there is a concreted road by a rice field. This road will lead you down to the Soot River. The concreted road becomes a dirt track after about 100 metres.
Crossing the river depends on the time of year, and whether it’s the rainy or dry season and how deep the water is. During the dry season from January to May you can either wade across or use the bamboo footbridge.
In the rainy season the river swells and has quite a strong current, so it’s best to use the boatman’s bamboo raft service to cross safely.
Once across to the other side follow the tracks over the flood plain until you join the road. Passing beside fields of rice, corn or cattle and a small homestead on the right side, you will soon come to a junction. There is a signpost there ( straight for Liguis Proper and Sitios Ganao, or right to Sidongan and Salangsang.
As you are heading for Sitio Ganao you need to continue straight ahead and follow the road up to the next junction, where you will follow the road around to the right. Continue up the hill and Ganao will come into sight when you reach the top.
There are some Homebased industries in Ganao producing products such as bamboo and rattan trays, placemats, coasters, vases and wine bottle holders. If you have time, it could be good to drop by and watch the craftsmen in action. A local guide to help and show you around Ganao is Ma’am Marina Prado (Mobile 0997 581 9144)
Sitio Ganao to Liguis Proper – 0.76Km
Its only a kilometre from Ganao to Liguis Proper.Retrace your steps from Ganao, until you return to the previous crossing Bear right along the concrete road and walk or cycle through Liguis Proper.
As you pass through the village you will see the church up above on the right side. Carry on until you arrive at the basketball court and Liguis Elementary School.
If you need some refreshment there is a small Sari-Sari store just past the school.
For a photo op – Near the basketball court there are some good views of the Soot River and Soot Bridge in the distance.
Liguis Proper to Soot Bridge (1.72Km) and the Finish
The next leg of the hike/cycle ride is along the newly concreted road from Liguis Proper to Soot Bridge. The road is still a work in progress, so be prepared for both paved and unpaved sections.
Leaving the basketball court behind you now take the road which goes downhill, passing a rice field on the left. Continuing along the road, there is a section that looks down on the Soot River below which makes for an excellent viewpoint up and down stream. You may be lucky to see some fishermen casting their nets or spear fishing in the waters below.
Another interesting observation are the flood control walls. Check out how well made they are from the basic materials of river stones and wire netting.
Soot Bridge at last comes into view and you have arrived back on the main Abra-Ilocos Norte road. Cyclists and hikers can turn right here and continue back to Bangued, unless you have left your vehicle parked by Triple R Panciteria, in which case you need to turn left, carefully cross Soot Bridge and walk 1.55Km to the finish point.
If you are hungry, treat yourself to a well deserved Miki in the Panciteria.
Shaving Rattan in Sitio Ganao, La Paz, Abra
Essential Travel Guides
Liguis Circular Walk
Abra Short Hikes #1
What to Bring
You wont be needing much for this short hike/ride
Small money for refreshments and the boatman.
Open and Find Out How to travel to Abra
How to travel to Abra from Manila
- From Metro Manila, there are three bus companies operating along the Manila to Bangued route.
Partas Bus Company, Viron Transit and Dominion Bus Lines.
- Journey time is around 10 hours
- Fare at time of writing is P600
Bus Companies that link Bangued with other destinations are
Bangued to Manila, Baguio – Partas Bus Company
Bangued to Manila, Baguio – Dominion Bus Lines
Bangued to Manila, Baguio – Philippine Rabbit
Bangued to Baguio – Sambrano Bus Lines
Bangued to Manila – Viron Transit
Bangued to Vigan, Tuguegarao – Esonice Bus Lines
Bangued to Baguio, Vigan, Laoag – BBL Transit
There are no airports in Abra. The closest airport is Laoag, three hours away by car.
- Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have daily flights to Laoag.
- From Laoag take a bus to Vigan and change there for a bus to Bangued
- Or take any bus that is heading south and alight at Narvacan for bus and jeepney connections to Bangued
How to travel to Liguis JOP from Bangued
By Jeepney from Bangued to La Paz and Lagayan
In Bangued, take a tricycle to the Petron jeepney terminal on Abra-Ilocos Norte Road near Bangued Municipal Market.
Jeepneys leave for Lagayan and La Paz once an hour.
The trip to the JOP will take around 20 to 30 minutes and the fare is P25.
Tell the driver to drop you at Triple R Panciteria, San Gregorio.
Tricycles leave from Prytons Terminal at the Petron Station on the Ilocos Norte Road near Bangued Municipal Market. The tricycles are the ones beside the poultry supply shop. If you are lucky you may be able to share a tricycle, otherwise just take a special to Triple R Panciteria, San Gregorio
Return trip to Bangued – There are regular jeepneys plying the Lagayan – Bangued route or you may take a tricycle.
By Road – Car or Bike
Leave Bangued on the Abra-Ilocos Norte road to Calaba. Cross the Calaba Bridge and keep going until you come to Soot Bridge. Cross Soot Bridge and carry on for one kilometre to Triple R Panciteria on right side of road.
You may leave your vehicle near the Panciteria under the shade of the trees.
The JOP is a few metres further on the left after the last house.
Looking for a good place to stay while in Abra?
Escala Homestay near Soot Bridge offers a unique experience over looking the Abra River and its floodplains. Watch the sunrise over the Tineg Mountains from the balcony whilst drinking your morning coffee.
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