Watching thousands of bats flew out from their cave is like watching a Dracula movie. It's really amazing and worth the wait (and the extra cost ^0^).
Bats start to flock the opening around 6:00pm daily.
This suspension bridge is a Marvelous Beauty.
Built sometime in the late '70s, Magapit Suspension Bridge is one of the 2 bridges that span the mighty Cagayan River in the province of Cagayan and is the most important bridge on this side of the country. It is the only bridge that connects the east and west coastal districts of the northern strip of Cagayan. Passing through this bridge is also the most convenient and shortest way to reach the Ilocos Region coming from Cagayan Valley via the scenic Patapat Road.
The river generally gets wider reaching its mouth, making it problematic to put up conventional legged bridges across it due to the loose soil on the river bed. Many attempts have been made but were not successful, thus the suspension bridge as the solution. To erect the least expensive suspension bridge, engineers looked for the narrowest portion of the river which at the same time should have good foundations on the banks. The location >> Magapit, Lallo, Cagayan – 70 km short off the river mouth in Aparri. The bridge span >> 0.76 km long
When in Cagayan, a must-see is the cathedral cave of Callao in the town of Pe?ablanca, being the most-visited natural attraction of Cagayan. Easily accessible by car, Callao Cave has 7 chambers to explore. From the carpark, take a few steps and start to ascend at the "catch-your-breath" hundred plus steps on a cemented stair; and Bingo. Offer a prayer at the chapel located at the 1st chamber then explore the next chambers into the cave. Awesome stalactites/stalagmites formation. Spot the "eagle's head with the beak", "lion's head", "missile rocket" - just a few of the formations you can imagine.
When exploring Callao cave, it should be noted that caves are generally wet inside due to the continuous dripping of water from the mountain making its way through the porous rocks making the cave's ground slippery muddy - choose the right footwear. Flashlights will also be of big help. Within the vicinity, a lot more of caves can be explored by the more adventurous skilled ones (Bring your gear)
Almost every town in Cagayan has an Spanish-era age-old church. And for the road traveller, these would not escape one's eyes when passing every town center. Famous and easy to spot when driving are those of Pamplona and Alcala. The St. Philomene Church in Alcala is the widest in the province measuring 30m wide and 90m long. Check also the churches of Camalaniugan, Lallo, Iguig towns. And dont forget the Our Lady of Piat Basilica, which should be visited in purpose being out of the way from the national road.
The Shrine of the Miraculous Brown Madonna of Cagayan Valley, well-known as Our Lady of Piat is in Piat, Cagayan. History records point to Macao as the origin of the image before reaching Manila in the 16th century. But only sometime in the early 17th century did she find home in Piat. The basilica sits atop a hill. Lately there has been claims of a miraculous spring about 250m away from the church. The daily line of believers to this spring, located just down by the hill, is a sight from the church grounds giving a connectivity of these 2 miraculous places.
Trivia: The image is made of "Paper Mache".
Just a few steps down to the river by the side of Callao Caves Park are outboard-powered motorboats that offer river boatride into the Minoran River. Experience the feeling of navigating through a gorge with limestone cliffs on both sides of a rapid-flowing river. Get wet when the boat pass by at some point where rainfall-like waters drip at the edge of the gorge coming from the thickly-forested mountain. Somewhere into the river upstream are banks covered with pebbles wherein the boat can stop - nice place to take a dip in the safe shallow water. Children would love to do skipping stones or just plainly making ponds walled with pebbles. At the steep sides of the mountain, get a close look at bat caves wherein guano are collected as organic fertilizers. At sunset, the black swarm of bats coming out from these caves is a wonderful rare experience to see.
Boats can comfortably seat 12 persons. P250 package for the less than an hour regular route ride.
Calvary Hill, as the name implies, is situated on a hill and depicts the 15 stations of the cross - from the sufferings of Jesus Christ to his resurrection. Life size or "even larger than life" statues were built on the slopes upto the top of the hill where the last station can be found in the churchyard.
The church of Iguig (pronounced as Hig-ig), St. James the Apostle, was built between 1765 and 1787 and houses an authentic relic of the Jubilee cross.
Piat Church is where you can find the image of Our Lady of Piat. The icon arrived in Lal-lo, Cagayan in 1604 from Acapulco, Mexico, but was later transferred to Piat which became her permanent home.
The icon is said to have miraculous and healing powers. As such, it has become one of the various pilgrim sites in the country for devotees of the Virgin Mary. The ideal time to visit is on the first Sunday of the month.
Callao Cave (pronounced Ka-law, after the hornbill that used to inhabit the area) is an 8 chamber cave connected to each other. However, according to locals, the 8th cave has not been fully explored, because of the total darkness that envelops the cave, that even the use of flashlight and gas lamp proved futile.
The caves are situated atop a hill that can be reached via a 186 step concrete stairs. The best time to explore them is from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, when the light from the sun provides lumination. For instance, the 1st chamber has a "hole on the roof" (similar to Rome's Pantheon) where the light (or the rain?) passes through.
Incidentally, the 1st chamber is the only one we visited since we got there late afternoon and it was already getting dark. I almost got cold feet entering the caves, because it was getting cold, too. But after getting accustomed to the conditions, we found out that the 1st chamber already houses the chapel which is the highlight of the caves.
Went to see this place before going to Centinela Beach. Cottages with karaokes are available for visitors. The rocks contribute to the beauty of the Lagoon.
This swimming spot has long been famous among the lacals of Cagayan, but for this to attract more visitors, the place needs more improvement.
The Hornos provided baked bricks for all the churches around Tuguegarao City during the Spanish occupation.