Apao Rolling Hills, Tineg

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Apao Rolling Hills, Tineg

Where are Apao Rolling Hills?

The Apao Rolling hills are a series of wavelike rolling hills about 50km north of Bangued in the Municipality of Tineg. Roads are improving and are concreted nearly all the way to Vira, the new Capital of Tineg. Travel to this remote part of Abra is becoming easier.

The best viewpoint to take in the full wonder of the scenery of Apao Rolling Hills is just outside Vira. You need to pass by the row of wooden makeshift houses and stores that line the road and turn right down a dirt road, not far out of town. From here you can gaze and be mesmerised at the natural wonder opening up before you.

There are two sides to Apao Rolling Hills. During the rainy season the Hills are various shades of green, which is a vast difference from the dry season when the colours change to brown as the grass that was once green lacks enough moisture for existence. But fear not, the views are just as astounding.

The travel show Biyahe Ni Drew was recently filming in Apao Rolling Hills for an upcoming TV programme hosted by Drew Arellano, who experienced a cycling adventure there before heading to Piwek Rock Formations for some cliff jumping.

Drew Arellano, Apao Rolling Hills and Mt Pisusok, Tineg Abra. Biyahe Ni Drew

Outdoor Activities at Apao Rolling Hills

Cycling / Mountain Biking

There are trails scattered through and over Apao Rolling Hills that have been used for centuries by the local villagers who have walked and still walk from their homes and villages to other parts of Abra. 
Starting from Vira you can follow them through the scenic hills and see where you end up.
Bring your own Mountain Bikes. There is plenty of safe parking near the Municipal Hall.


For hiking enthusiasts, the Apao Rolling Hills provides some of the best hiking opportunities in the country. Trails through them lead you to nearby settlements.
For a Day Hike, you could make your way from Vira to Barangay Apao and back. The hike passes through Apao Rolling Hills down to a river and on to Brgy Apao. Allow four to five hours for the trek.

It’s also possible to traverse hike from Vira, via Lan-ag to Lacub along the Binongan River Valley and return to Bangued from there. This hike will take two days.


Mountain Climbing is another outdoor activity in the Apao Rolling Hills area. From Vira, Mt. Pisusok can easily be climbed in a day if you start early in the morning, or if you prefer a little more adventure, camp near the summit, watch the sunrise and then return to Vira, or carry on hiking for another day to Lacub.

The possibilities are only limited to your imagination.

Drew Arellano with a group of Mountain bikers riding apao rolling hills trail. Tineg, Abra. Biyahhe Ni Drew
Drew Arellano, Biyahe Ni Drew and mountain bikers cycling through Apao Rolling Hills, Tineg, Abra

Other Things to do In and Around Apao Rolling Hills

1. Sunrise/Sunset – Watch these spectacular daily occurances from viewpoints 650 metres above the Abra River Valley below

2. Sit and look at the Scenery – Chill to your hearts content and take in the outstanding beauty of Abra

3. Visit Vira, the new Capital of Tineg – Witness the development of a brand new town. The Capital of Tineg used to be in Agsimao in Upper Tineg, upto 12 hours away from Bangued, which proved very difficult to administer the Municipality.
The new site of Vira is only 3 hours away and still in development. 
An excellent place to view sunset is behind the Municipal Building.

4. Go Cliff Jumping at Piwek Rock Formations – Just a 30 minute drive away from Apao Rolling Hills is the small Brgy of Alaoa, home to the Piwek Rock Formations
These Limestone Rock Formations on the Binongan River should not be missed if you are in the area. Challenge yourself to an 11 metre cliff jump and swim in the cool waters.

Looking over Apao Rolling Hills from Mt Pisusok summit, Tineg, Abra
Hiking through Apao Rolling Hills on way to Mt Pisusok, Tineg, Abra
Hikers preparing to trek through Apao Rolling Hills to Mt Pisusok, Tineg, Abra

Apao Rolling Hills

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Essential Travel Guides

Apao Rolling Hills

Coordinates for Apao Rolling Hills

17°43′13.07″N 120°49′34.21″E

Where to Stay in Bangued – Abrassi Hotel

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How to travel to Abra from Manila

By Bus

  • 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

By Air
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 Apao Rolling Hills from Bangued

Jeepney from Bangued to Tineg

Once you arrive in Bangued, take a tricycle to the jeepney terminal in the petrol station near the DPWH Compound.
Jeepneys leave for Tineg once a day at 08.00. 

The trip takes around 3 hours to Vira where you alight.

Return trip to Bangued – The Jeepney departs once a day in late afternoon. It’s best to check times with the driver on outward trip

 By Car or Motorbike

Leave Bangued on the road to Tayum. Drive through Tayum and across the Don Mariano Bridge. Keep going until you come to a large Blue waiting shed in the middle of the junction.
Follow the road to the left and continue until you reach Dolores.
Continue to San Juan. Drive through San Juan until you come to the turning for Tineg.
This road is not concreted all the way and can get rough at times.
Continue until you reach the new LGU building in Vira where you need to register.
After registering ask directions to Apao Rolling Hills and /or Barangay Apaoa where Piwek Rock Formations are to be found

For More Information on all things Abra

Contact Dykath Molina on 092 777 258 56  or on the Abramazing Tours facebook page

Biyahe Ni Drew, Drew Arellano gazing over the Apao Rolling Hills
Hiking Apao Rolling Hills, Tineg, Abra

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