Apayao is located deep in the Cordillera mountains of Northern Luzon. These mountain range form a natural boundary between the Ilocos Region in the west and the Cagayan Valley in the east.
The Apayao river rises from the province’s extensive watershed along its western slope and peaks. Navigating by motor boats, wildlife and fishes can be seen along the riverbanks. Various Water Falls of different sizes can also be found along Apayao river.
The Apayaos are a river people, getting their name from the warm waters of the Apayao River. They can be found in the northwestern end of the island of Luzon from Abulog up to the Apayao River. This mountainous area is rich in life with its dark tropical rainforests.
The life of the Apayaos has much to do with the rivers and streams of the country along which most of them live. They do not live on the river flats, but on the mountain sides for safety. Many of their communities are named after the streams near which they are located.