While Ilocos Sur is well-known for its heritage sites, it also has several natural attractions for nature lovers to enjoy, Tucked away in the municipality of Santa Maria are the towering Pinsal Falls, a pair of 85-foot waterfalls cascading onto a crystal clear pool. Said to be created by the footprint of Angalo, a creation giant in Ilocano mythology, Pinsal Falls is a stunning display of Ilocos Sur’s natural beauty.
As a hidden natural treasure, Pinsal Falls and its surrounding pool is a picturesque scene, as if it was taken straight out of a storybook. And the scene even has a rich story to accompany it—the reason why many believe that this site features Angalo’s footprint is because the giant passed by the area in search of Aran, his beloved.
Perhaps the most notable feature of Pinsal Falls is that it is divided into two, with both waterfalls cascading down from an 85-foot cliff. The fresh water flows into the crystal clear pool surrounding the falls, perfect for quick swims and photos alike!
Completing the scene are several rock formations and lush trees surrounding Pinsal Falls. Adventurous travelers can also take a hike that would get them to the top of the falls, offering a scenic view of the whole location unlike any other.
If you’re coming from Vigan, it will take you around an hour to get to the town proper of Santa Maria, which is only a couple of minutes away from Pinsal Falls. Once you get to the actual site, which will take a few minutes of hiking, you’ll already see the falls from afar, but there will be several boats available that can take you closer to the main event.
If you have plans of going to Santa Maria Church, Pinsal Falls is only a few minutes away, so make sure to include both in your itinerary.