March 10th, 2018
Hello readers! This is my first entry into Track That Travel. I am very much excited to write about my travel to Tuguegarao, Cagayan, Philippines. Hope that through this blog you may get inspiration to visit one of the Philippines’ hidden gem.
Tuguegarao, Cagayan is located in the Northern part of the island of Luzon and is approximately 480 kilometers from Manila. You may reach Tuguegarao via plane ride or bus ride. The plane ride takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes while the bus ride could take up to 12 hours. But due to the unpredictable weather in Tuguegarao especially during the mornings, I would definitely advise you guys to take the bus. It may take you a long time to get there but it is most worth it. No worries of back aches since the bus regularly have stopovers, usually there are 3 stopovers. And you can also admire some beautiful places in North and Central Luzon while taking the bus.
So, what’s special about Tuguegarao? That was what I thought when I first learned that our association’s seminar will be held there. So I researched the different places that you can visit while in Tuguegarao. There are many tourist attractions in Tuguegarao and Cagayan in all. In Tuguegarao, there is the Callao Cave wherein you can indulge yourself in breathtaking sight of a church inside a cave. Yes, really you read it right a church inside a cave. And mass is also held there especially on Sundays. You will have to pay ₱20.00 or less than 1US$ to enter the cave. Upon entrance, you will be introduced to your very own tour guide. People cannot enter the cave without a guide. Callao Cave is 30 minutes away from the city center.
Also in Tuguegarao is Calvary Hills, a church atop a hill. Many Catholic pilgrims visit this site especially during holy week because of its life-size figures of the Stations of the Cross.
You can also visit the St. Peter’s Cathedral, one of the oldest church in the Philippines.
While you’re at Tuguegarao, try to eat their famous Pancit Batil Patung. Pancit Batil Patung, is a noodle dish made of egg noodles and topped with fried pork (or in Tagalog is called chicharon) sometimes they use chicken liver and gizzard, it is also topped with sunny side up egg. You will also be given a separate bowl of egg drop soup which you have to pour on top of the pancit.
While in Tuguegarao, we have visited Sta. Ana, Cagayan. In Sta. Ana, you can visit one of its famous beaches, the Anguib Beach or Cagayan’s Boracay of the North. Anguib Beach is 3 hours land travel from Tuguegarao. Anguib Beach is famous for its white and fine sands. The beach is not yet developed and can be visited on day tours or overnight stays. Just a reminder, when you decide to stay overnight, you can only rent a cottage as there is no hotel or transient house in the beach’s premises. There is also 1 store in the beach so better bring your own food. Anguib Beach is perfect for those who wants to be out of touch in the city’s hustle and bustle or for those people who wants some soul searching.
One of the famous places in Sta. Ana, Cagayan is the Palaui Island. Palaui Island became popular when it has been chosen as a location for the hit TV reality show Survivor. Palaui Island can be reached through a 20-minute boat ride from Sta. Ana’s San Vicente Port. Just a warning, you may encounter strong current or waves during the boat ride so always wear the life vest. In Palaui Island tour, you can visit famous sites and islands like Crocodile Island, Cape Engaño Lighthouse, Baratobot Falls and Punta Verde.
There are definitely many places to visit in Cagayan. So I would recommend you to visit the place. It is a must see tourist spot.
Please see the photos I uploaded together with this story to entice you more of visiting Cagayan. It is worth the 12-hours ride!
Note: Some of the photos are not mine. So I have to credit friends who took the photos.
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