Cervantes Things to Do
The longest bridge in the world is just on the outskirts of Cervantes. Construction over the river was started over 40 years ago (1967) and it still has not been completed. It is called Aluling Bridge or even Corrupt Bridge and was supposed to link Cervantes with Bontoc, but at the moment only one still has to walk across the suspension footway, usually when it is dark at 4 am to catch the 5 am jeepney to Bontoc that will be waiting at the other side. When will this bridge be completed? Who knows, that's why the locals refer to it as the longest bridge in the world.
At last the new bridge has been constructed and is now open, but i will keep this tip here as it is of some interest. It took 45+ years to complete it and six different presidents. May 2013!!!
Try and find a local who will rent you his motorbike and head north on a track that passes through rivers, along mountain sides and the last few kms up the riverbed itself. Trip is 24 kms and well worth seeing the beautiful scenery. Quirino itself clings to the mountainside with the river below. Well worth the effort.
Bessang Pass is west of Cervantes on the road to Tagudin and a gateway to the Cordillera. This was held by the Japanese until they were forced out towards the end of the 2nd world war. The Japs were led by General Yamashita, it was his last stand before being defeated by Philippine Forces. At the pass it will be cool and you will have a wonderful view overlooking Cervantes.
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LOCAL SHUTTLE VANS LEAVE TAGUDIN AT REGULAR INTERVALS FOR THE SCENIC TRIP THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS TO CERVANTES. 120PESOS. THERE IS A LOCAL BUS TOO BUT VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. THERE IS A DAILY BUS FROM BAGUIO TO QUIRINO PASSING THROUGH CERVANTES THAT LEAVES FOR BAGUIO MID MORNING AND QUIRINO LUNCHTIME. THERE ARE JEEPNEYS THAT GO TO BONTOC FROM THE MARKET BUT BETTER TO CROSS THE HANGING BRIDGE AND GET THE 5.30AM JEEPNEY TO BONTOC, IT IS QUICKER.