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    Visita Iglesia

    by i-s-a Updated May 30, 2007

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    Cagayan is a perfect place to do your Visita Iglesia. The province has beautiful old Spanish churches all over. If you like to cover all in one day, you could try this route (start early):

    Piat - Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat
    Tuguegarao City - Sts. Peter and Paul Metropolitan Cathedral plus San Jacinto Chapel
    Iguig - Parish of St. James the Greater and Calvary Hill
    Amulung - Our Lady of Victories Parish
    Alcala - St. Philomine Church
    Gattaran - St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
    Nassiping - St. Michael the Archangel Parish (ruins)
    Lal-lo - St. Dominique Parish plus the 300 year-old cross
    Camalaniugan - San Jacinto de Polonia and it's bell (oldest in the Far East)
    Aparri - St. Peter Thelmo

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    Visit the Callao Cave

    by i-s-a Updated May 30, 2007

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    The visit to the Callao Cave in Penablanca is definitely one of the highlights of our Cagayan trip.

    It was made more interesting by a boy named Gerric Apattad. He is a witty 11year old student from a nearby public school who is trained by a teacher to guide visitors of Callao. We met him at the foot of the cave right after alighting our boat. He served as our photographer and guide for this short trip. (Tipping is not compulsary but it would be nice to give him a few bucks for his school money).

    The cave has 7 major chambers and we managed to see 5. At the first chamber is an altar especially placed under a beautiful skylight. The reflection of the sun hits the altar at certain hour of the day and makes for a dramatic view. Second to fifth chambers have impressive rock formations like stalactites, stalagmites, columns, etc.

    Going there from Tuguegarao, we rented a trike for P400.00 (after much haggling) for a 1/2 day tour. It is important to make this kind of arrangements when doing a free-and-easy tour if you want to see the flight of bats at dusk. Jeepney's and tricycle's last trip from Callao is at 4:00pm while the bats go out of their cave around 6:00pm. Contrary to what we expected (what we read from other blogs), the trip to Callao takes about an hour from Tuguegarao. The road is rough halfway going there so if you have a choice between renting a jeepney and a trike, choose the jeepney! We gave a tip to our trike driver after the long scary ride home :0)

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    Cold Cold Dip at Portabaga Falls

    by i-s-a Updated May 30, 2007

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    From the looks of it, Portabaga Falls is one of the most famous swimming spots in the province. So many people here when we came for a visit.

    At 15 meters, it is considered one of the tallest falls in the whole Province of Cagayan. Man-made pools are constructed at the base of the falls to accomodate the people who wants to take a dip. Unfortunately, the water is too cold for Grandma Isa to bear :0(.

    Bring your own food and rent a cottage for only P200.

    WARNING: Shower room has no curtains and toilet is dirty.

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    Boat Trip at the Minoran River

    by i-s-a Updated May 30, 2007

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    This is a worthwhile activity when visiting the national park. The Minoran River is clear and inviting...you may take a dip while waiting for the bats to appear.

    The short boat ride from the front of Callao Cave Resorts up to the Bat Cave cost P300.00 per boat. Boatmen would boast about a certain Minoran Falls ... DO NOT expect too much, the falls is more like a drip and does not in any way contribute to the beauty of the river.

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    Visit Callao Caves

    by monina_c Updated Jun 5, 2007

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    Callao Caves is one of the main tourist destinations in Cagayan. We visited it towards the end of the day in time to catch the circadian flight of the bats. It is better to visit the caves at noon time up to early afternoon when sunlight is directly overhead. This will give you more dramatic pictures and will aid you as you explore this series of 7 caves 5 of which has a skylight. :) BTW, you will have to climb up around 184 steps to reach the caves, an easy walk up as the management have installed a lot of seats where one can rest along the path up.

    The caves are about 40 minutes away from the city of Tuguegarao. It cost us P500 to rent a tricycle. It is better to get a four-wheel drive to take you to the site as the road deteriorates as one nears the caves.

    Boat fee: P10/pax/way
    Entrance fee: P25/pax

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    Watch the sunset flight of the bats at Callao

    by monina_c Updated Jun 5, 2007

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    This is a part of the Callao adventure you don't want to miss. After enjoying the caves you can rent a boat (P300) to take you to the miniscule beach where you can wait for sunset and the, what the tourist office call, "circadian flight of bats" ;D If you visited the Callao caves in the early afternoon, you can while away the hours till sunset by swimming in the clean and lukewarm water of the Pinacanauan River. The depth of the river varies from 7 ft to 2 feet and the water is so clear you can see the fishes and other water creatures.

    Be sure to bring something to eat and drink while you wait though.

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    Wait for the Sunset at Centenela Beach

    by monina_c Updated Jun 7, 2007

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    Centenela Beach is a small crescent shaped cream sand beach below Bantay Kalbo and the stone formation Ubing-Ubing (little child) which looms large in the folklore of Claverians.

    The warm waters of the cove seduce swimmers to linger and wait for the coming of sunset! The dramatic sweep of colors is worth waiting for! Oddly enough, the thought of Ubing-Ubing watching over me is a comforting one.

    *According to the local legend, Ubing-ubing is the abandoned child of Lakay-lakay and Baket-Baket, two rock formations located on the western end of Claveria Beach. It is said that he stands there waiting patiently for his parents to come back to him.

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    Spelunking: Visit the Callao Cave

    by pres_16 Updated Sep 25, 2008

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    Callao Cave was what inspired me to visit Cagayan Valley. In going there, we rented a trike for P500.00, roundtrip. It took us almost an hour to travel from Tuguegarao City to Callao Cave Tourist Zone (CCTZ) in Penablanca.

    The sight of the serene Pinacanauan River was more than enough to recharge us. We took a small boat to the cave as the cave is located across the river. Entrance fee is P50.00/head. Then we were joined by a smart 11 year old boy named Jerrick, who surprisingly was our tour guide. Before entering the cave, he gave us the rules and qouted, 'Leave nothing but footprints....' and so on.

    At the cave, we went through five of seven chambers; the second chamber was where we find the chapel. The hole up above provides natural light to the cave.

    See more pics of the river in my travelogue, Picturesque Pinacanauan River.

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    Watch the Flight of Bats

    by i-s-a Updated May 30, 2007

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    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.

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    Magapit Suspension Bridge

    by bike_packer Updated Jan 26, 2006

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    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

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    Visita Iglesia: Amazing Old Churches

    by pres_16 Updated Apr 8, 2013

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    We visited the following churches of:

    1. PIAT - Basilica Minore of our Lady of Piat
    2. Tuguegarao - Sts. Peter and Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
    3. Iguig - Parish of St. James the Greater
    4. Amulong - Our Lady of Victories
    5. Alcala - St. Philomene Church
    6. Gattaran - St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
    7. Nassiping - Church of St. Michael the ArchAngel ruins
    8. Lal-lo - Parish Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman
    9. Camalaniugan - Church of San Jacinto de Polonia, Santa Maria Bell (oldest bell in the Far East)
    10. Aparri - St. Peter Thelmo

    The centuries old churches really amazed me. I had no idea about all those churches before we left for Cagayan.

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    Watch the Flight of Bats

    by pres_16 Updated Jun 1, 2007

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    The highlight of our caving activity - watching the circadian flight of bats. We waited patiently for their spectacular showdown at 6:00 pm.

    Before our boat ride to the bat cave, the locals were bragging about the waterfalls.....we found out it was just a bluff.....enjoy the scenic boat ride anyway.

    I regret not being able to swim at the clear waters of Pinacanauan river. So for those who would want to visit here, try to bring your swimwear.

    Our boat ride cost us P300.00.

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    Swimming at Centinela Cove

    by pres_16 Updated Jun 1, 2007

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    We enjoyed swimming here to the max. We got here by 3:00PM, the water was lukewarm and very relaxing. The sorrounding green mountains was breathtaking.....really beautiful.

    The best time to be here is before sunset, don't miss the magic. Sunset was awesome.

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    Callao Cave Park

    by bike_packer Updated Jan 24, 2006

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    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)

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    Minoran River Gorge Boat Ride

    by bike_packer Updated Nov 13, 2005

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    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.

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