Welcome to the caving adventure capital of the Philippines: the Pearl of the Orient--Cagayan Valley!
Cagayan is home to more than 300 cave systems, which are mostly unexplored, and the most famous of these caves is Callao Cave, named after the native bird frequently seen in the vicinity.
about 30 minutes ride from Tuguegarao City,skylights, especially at noontime, adding more grandeur to this .foot boneThis relic, dated at 67,000 years old using the uranium-series ablation method, was named Tabon Man in Palawan by 20,000 years and the Mongo man of Australia, 17,000 years. As such, Callao Man is the oldest proof of human existence and civilization found in Asia-Pacific Region.
Before exploring the cave, you have to register at the tourist center, which will provide you a guide as needed. The center has facilities for the visitors’ immediate needs while affordable overnight accommodations are available in Tuguegarao City. Then, you have to climb a stair with 187 steps in the mountainside before you can get in. The chapel is in the first chamber illumined by skylight. Stay awhile in this chamber and savor the cool air to refresh you after climbing the stairs. As you go on traversing every chamber to the next, observe dripstone formations that look like a lion or an elephant’s head or a praying angel or any look-alikes limited only by your imagination.
River cruising, bat-and-bird watching and complete the visitors’ experience of spelunking in Cagayan
In the month of July, when I visited Cagayan Valley, the weather each day was unpredictable. Luckily, my spelunking adventure in Callao Cave was blessed with perfect weather—clear and blue sky.
The name of this famous noodle cuisine is coined from the pansit, the beaten (batil) egg soup and another sunny-side up egg as a garnish on top (patung) of the mound of noodles—this, I missed in this journey.
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