In between the mountain ranges of Cordillera and Sierra Madre is a lesser known mountain range named Caraballo that sits mostly in the province of Nueva Vizcaya. It is home to numerous peaks, waterfalls, caves and river systems, and a known source of water of Cagayan River, the longest river in the Philippines.
On the western section of Caraballo Mountains is the town of Santa Fe, home to one of the most popular natural attractions of the province – Imugan Falls.
Imugan Falls is a 35-foot single layer cascade along Imugan River which is located in the village of the same name (Imugan). Its cold water emanates from a spring atop Mount Imugan dropping to a shallow basin before flowing downstream.
Imugan Falls is a single layer cascade in Imugan River
The waterfalls is approximately 1.5 kilometers from its trailhead at the main road of Barangay Imugan and can be reached in about 30 minutes of leisurely walk along a paved trail dotted with signages and directions.
With its grandeur and natural beauty, Imugan Falls is worthy adventure. Its accessibility makes it a favorite stop for tourists who wish to experience the Nueva Vizcaya.
Considered as the most famous waterfalls in Nueva Vizcaya
How to Get to Imugan Falls
To get to Imugan Falls from Manila, catch a bus to Isabela or Cagayan and get off at Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya (P285/person, 6 to 7 hours). From the highway, transfer to a tricycle to Barangay Imugan (P50/person one-way, approx 10 mins). Registration fee is P25/person and guide is not required.
Transportation from Imugan back to Santa Fe is limited so you might want to ask the tricycle driver to fetch or wait for you. You’ll be charged double for the return trip if you choose the former and will be asked for extra fee if you choose the latter.
After Imugan Falls, you may explore more attractions of Nueva Vizcaya such as the caves and waterfalls in Kasibu or head to Ifugao, Quirino, Isabela or Cagayan.
A glimpse of what to expect in Nueva Vizcaya
Sample Weekend Itinerary
(Imugan Falls, Capisaan Cave and More)
2200H: Departure from Quezon City to Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya
Day 10400H: Arrival in Santa Fe, breakfast0600H: Tricycle to Imugan Falls0615H: Arrival in Barangay Imugan, register at Barangay Hall, start trek0645H: Arrival in Imugan Falls, free time0800H: Trek back0830H: Arrival at Barangay Hall0845H: Back in Sta. Fe town proper, transfer to jeep to Bambang1030H: Arrival in Bambang, brunch, shop for supplies/foods, transfer to jeep to Kasibu1300H: Jeep departure from Bambang to Kasibu1600H: Arrival in Kasibu, motorbike to Capisaan Caves Office, register, arrange caving guide and homestay, trike to homestay1700H: Check-in at homestay, snacks, proceed to entrance of Alayan Cave1830H: Briefing, start of caving2130H: End of caving, motorbike to homestay
2200H: Back at homestay, dinner, socials
Day 20400H: Call time0500H: Jeep to Antutut0600H: Arrival in Antutut, trek to Edralin Falls0620H: Arrival in Edralin Falls0730H: Trek back to main road0745H: Back in main road0800H: Jeep to Bambang0930H: Arrival in Bambang, jeep to Solano1030H: Arrival in Solano, brunch1130H: Jeep to Mapalyao, Quezon1230H: Arrival in Mapalyao Falls, free time1400H: Depart from Mapalyao to Solano1445H: Back in Solano, bus to Manila
2300H: Arrival in Manila