When you find yourself on a trip toward the northern part of the Philippines, Cagayan Valley is one of the best places you can visit. It has stunning views that will make you want to stay longer than planned. There are places where you can relax and find serenity. The place has untouched areas where the adventurer inside you will definitely revel in. Here are the top tourist spots in Cagayan Valley that you should travel to.
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Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Cagayan Valley
There are a lot of activities to enjoy once you get to Palaui Island in Santa Ana, Cagayan Valley. They have water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and game fishing. If you want to stay dry, you can opt for mountain-related activities like forest exploration and mountain climbing. The island is rich with marine resources and provides a home for many different kinds of animals like monkeys, wild pigs, deer, birds and sea turtles.
Be brave and head to Anguib Beach. You will not be disappointed once you reach its famous white sand beach and crystal clear water. The scenic views of this beach can be found in the eastern part of San Vicente in Santa Ana, Cagayan Valley.
Located in the town of Peñablanca, Callao Cave is one of the top tourist spots in Cagayan that you must visit. The cave has seven chambers of enormous limestone formations. Like many caves, there are a lot of bats that you can watch as they leave the cave during dusk. You can also find and observe red-billed Philippine Hornbill (Kalaw) in the area. One of the cave chambers gives off a bizarre atmosphere because of a stone altar that is naturally illuminated when the sun is up.
Cape Engaño Lighthouse
Built during the Spanish Colonial period, the lighthouse served as a guide for any incoming ship. Once you reach the top, the spectacular view of Babuyan Island and the Pacific Ocean will amaze you. The Cape Engaño Lighthouse is located on top of a summit hill in the beautiful island of Palaui.
The Saint Peter Metropolitan Cathedral, commonly known as the Tuguegarao Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic Church that was originally constructed by Dominican friars during the 18th century. It stands along Rizal Street, Barangay Centro 10 in Tuguegarao and it was built with the Baroque-style in mind.
Sto. Domingo de Guzman Church in Nueva Segovia
This is a colossal church built with red bricks was built back in the late 1500s. Among the three churches that were built in Lal-lo during that time, the Santo Domingo de Guzman Church is the last one. The church really stands out from the national highway, making it really easy for tourists to spot it.
San Jacinto de Polonia Church, Camalaniugan
It was in 1596 when the plans for the church were first drawn up. The church has weathered a lot of challenges because of the fire in 1719 and typhoon in 1845. With persistence, the church was rebuilt again and again by the devotees. Beside the church is the well-known Santa Maria Bell. The bell is often referred to as the Camalaniugan Bell or the Bell of Antiquity. It was forged during the 16th century, making it the oldest bell in Southeast Asia.
Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Piat
Known as the “Pilgrimage Center of the North”, the basilica receives a large number of tourists because of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Piat. The image originated from Macao, then was brought to Lal-lo. It was then later transported into Piat by the Dominicans to spread Christianity in the Itawes region.
How to get to Cagayan Valley
To get to the province of Cagayan Valley, you can ride a plane from Manila heading to Tuguegarao, the capital city. It can be a challenging trip but the places you will visit are definitely worth the hardship. Alternatively, you can also take a 12-hour bus ride from Manila to Tuguegarao. Plan accordingly and have fun in your visit to these tourist spots in Cagayan Valley!