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Nueva Vizcaya Philippines Travel Waterfalls

Nueva Vizcaya: Back to Nature in Imugan

Found a nice looking caterpillar at the trail to Imugan Falls
Found a nice looking caterpillar at the trail to Imugan Falls

It was almost 3 years ago when I did a project for REDD to take photos for their Primer on Forest and Climate Change. I was very grateful as I discovered this quaint forest town up in the Caraballo Mountains of Nueva Vizcaya. There was no signal, it was very rural, with crisp mountain air and rich vegetation. It became one of my favorite places to escape. I went back there with my friends a couple of months after my first visit and we left with the same sentiments that this is a special place to retreat.

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Mountains Nueva Vizcaya Travel

Nueva Vizcaya: Dipterocarp Forest Carbon Measurement

Imugan's Dipetrocarp Forest

Imugan’s Dipterocarp Forest

The main activity for the day was to do the documentary shoot at the dipterocarp forest in Imugan. We met with the team of Foresters at the Kalahan Academy and they explained to us briefly where we are going. There were about a team of 8 foresters with us to cover everything we need. We’ll be tagging along with them as they work through the forest.

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Nueva Vizcaya Travel Waterfalls

Nueva Vizcaya: Exploring the Imugan Falls

Enjoying at Imugan Falls

Enjoying the waters at Imugan Falls

I was asking around some of the locals there on how long it would take for me to reach the Imugan Falls. Most people would say 30 minutes. But as they say, sense of time between the rural and urban folks have a difference. I’ll find out soon enough as I head to the falls while they are having a workshop that afternoon at Imugan Town.

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Nueva Vizcaya Projects Travel

Nueva Vizcaya: Idyll Imugan

Imugan Road by the River

Road by the Imugan River

Just the idea of staying in a forest town for four nights already excited me. It was one of the requirements for taking on this photo documentation project for an NGO on a small rural town known as Imugan in Santa Fe Nueva Vizcaya. It sits right smack in the middle of central Luzon in the midst of the Caraballo Mountain Range just between the Cordillera Central and Sierra Madre mountain ranges.