Piwek Rock Formations

Alaoa, Tineg, Abra

Piwek Rock Formations,
Cliff Jumping,
Rock Climbing

Where are Piwek Rock Formations?

Piwek Rock Formations can be found on the Binongan River in Brgy Alaoa, Tineg,  just 30 minutes further down the road from Apao Rolling Hills. The road going here is still under construction and will be difficult for anything other than motorbikes, 4×4’s and high wheeled vehicles.
Brgy Alaoa, which has a population of around 900 people belonging to the Adasen Tribe, is the jump off point for the trek to Piwek Rock Formations. 

The glistening and sparking white limestone rock formations of the Binongan River are what attract many tourists to this remote part of Abra. Activities include hiking, rock climbing, cliff jumping, bamboo rafting, swimming, and photography.

The travel show Biyahe Ni Drew was recently filming in Piwek Rock Formations for an upcoming TV programme hosted by Drew Arellano, who experienced an 11 metre cliff jump there after  his Apao Rolling Hills mountain bike adventure.

A visit to Apao Rolling Hills and Piwek Rock Formations can be combined into one Abramazing Adventure.

Wading across Binongan River, Piwek Rock Formations, Alaoa, Tineg Abra

The Trail to Piwek Rock Formations

When you arrive in Brgy Alaoa, the first thing to do is find your way to the Barangay Captain’s House to register and be assigned a guide for the hike to Piwek Rock Formations. The guides fee is P200 at the time of writing. ( Good for 5 persons)

Leaving the Barangay the first step is to cross the Binongan River either by using a bamboo raft or wading across waist deep water. Ask the guide the best route to take if you decide to wade across.
Once across the river, the trail passes through rice and vegetable fields for about ten minutes until you arrive within sight of the Rock Formations.
Now you will need to utilise some of your bouldering and rock climbing skills for about 30 minutes as the trail leads along the bank of the river to the cliff jumping area.

Hiking to the cliff jump area, Piwek Rock Formations, Tineg, Abra

Piwek Island 

Before you trek along the trail to the cliff jumping area, take time to cross over and explore what I call “Piwek Island” . The Binongan River has cut its way through the limestone rock over the centuries and created a small glistening white limestone island with mini peaks, which and valleys, ideal for simple rock climbing.
There are some good photo opportunities here too. Be sure to wear a yellow or red top for the best contrast.

Piwek Rock Formations, The Island, Alaoa, Tineg, Abra

Piwek Rock Cliff Jumping

Are you up for the challenge of an 11 metre cliff jump?

Arriving at the cliff jump area, again there are many excellent photo opportunities, but the one you will be wanting the most is jumping off the cliff into the cool, turquoise water eleven metres below. 

Watch the video of Drew Arellano , Biyahe Ni Drew, jumping to see how he did it. 

Send your Piwek cliff jump photos to the Abramazing Tours FB Page to be featured.


Cliff Jumping at Piwek Rock Formations, Tineg, Abra

What to take to Piwek Rock Formations

Remember – Since this trip involves alot of water you will be needing a good Dry Bag to keep your valuables safe. Only carry the essential gear that you need. Leave what is not needed in your vehicle in Brgy Alaoa.

  • Hull and Stern Adventure Dry Bag
  • One litre water
  • Camera and tripod
  • Swimming gear
  • Hat and sunblock
  • Mobile phone
  • Lifejackets are available from the Brgy. Just request from your Guide.
Cliff jumping, Piwek Rock Formations, Alaoa, Tineg, Abra

Where to Stay in Bangued – Abrassi Hotel

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Biyahe Ni Drew 11m Cliff Jump

Crossing Binongan river by bamboo raft, bihaye ni drew, piwek rock formations
Sitting on Cliff Jump Rock, Piwek Rock Formations, Binongan River, Alaoa, Tineg Abra

Piwek Rock Formation

Where to Stay in Bangued – Strutz Art Garden Resort

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Biyahe Ni Drew, Raft to Piwek


Essential Travel Guides

Piwek Rock Formations

Coordinates for Piwek Rock Formations

17°45′24.8″N 120°49′12.76″E

Where to Stay in Bangued – Abrassi Hotel

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Open and Find Out How to travel to Abra

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 Piwek Rock Formations 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 Apao and Piwek.

A visit to Apao Rolling Hills and Piwek Rock Formations can be combined into one Abramazing Adventure.

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


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