April 1, 2010
Callao Cave, Peñablanca, Cagayan
After 12 hours of driving, we finally reached Tuguegarao! checked in to our hotel, eat lunch, and refresh ourselves and immediately drive again to Penablanca for the Callao Cave Adventure. The Callo Cave was huge and truly amazing! It is one of the most popular caves in the Philippines and mostly seen on the Philippines must to see tourism showcase. The park is located in Barangays Parabba and Quibal, in the town of Peñablanca, a thirty minute drive from the provincial capitol Tuguegarao.
When you reach the park, you need to trek and climb the 187 stairs before witnessing the massive limstone and rock formations inside. The Callao Cave consists of Seven (7) Chambers and various natural formations: Column, Chapel, Skeleton, Elephant’s Head, Praying Angel, Rocket, Lion’s Head and Dog’s Head Formations. The most famous is the chamber turned into a cathedral and the most common shots seen in postcards and Philippines tourism videos. The Chapel with Sun Rays shot should depends on the time of the day when you get there, we arrived at around 3pm and we were not able to shot a good ray of lights from its ceiling lighting the entire chapel.
The temperature inside the chambers is quite cool and relaxing. I actually fell asleep 🙂 probably got too tired driving for almost 12 hours but it sure worth it!
While in the area, one must also try a wooden boat ride in Mororan (Minoran) River passing through small rainforest, a bat cave, scenic rocky cliffs and picturesque river banks with crystal clear water ideal for swimming. Boat Rental is around P1500
Today the town still makes a living from the caves in the form of entrance fees:
Visiting Hours: 8:00AM – 6:00PM
P20 – 12 years old and above
P15 – Senior Citizens with Valid IDs
P10 – For students and kids below 12 years of age
P20 – Parking
P200 – Kayak (per hour)
P20 – Life vest
P10 – Hardhat
P25 – Headlamp
For more details on the 7 chamber check out my travelmate Kaloy’s blog at http://pixelsandmemories.com/?p=976