Cagayan Province is surprisingly full of hidden natural wonders that are just awaiting discovery, and one of these includes the majestic grandeur of Portabaga Falls. The falls can be found in the town of Sta. Praxedes, which is one of the few parts of Cagayan Province where the climate is marked by distinct seasons: wet from May to October but dry for the rest of the year. A hilly coastal area 194 km from the provincial capital of Tuguegarao and bordering Ilocos Norte, it is noted for hot springs as well as its waterfalls. Portabaga Falls is one of two well-known falls in the town, with the other one being Macatel Falls.The waterfall has three drop-off points. At the bottom of the falls is a huge catch basin that is suited for swimming.
At the foot of the waterfalls you can see a big basin and a man-made pool. The water that has come from springs and streams is cool and clear, and visitors have flocked to the area to swim, explore and relax amidst the lush vegetation and huge weathered rock formations.
How to get there
The town of Santa Praxedes is 194 kilometers from Tuguegarao City and the falls is about 100 meters from the highway.
Airphil Express and Cebu Pacific offer flights to Tuguegarao from Manila.
You can reach Santa Praxedes by riding a bus from Manila. Victory liner, Dominion bus, Florida and other buses ply routes to Tuguegarao, the capital of Cagayan.
These are the nearest hotels that offer lodging at reasonable prices:
Ivory Hotel and Suites
• Buntun Highway, Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley / Isabela.
Villa Blanca Hotel
• 13 Pattaui St.Ugac Norte, Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley / Isabela
• 1 Rizal St. corner Balzain Road, Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley / Isabela