Callao Cave | Cagayan Valley

darkness, little natural light, and spotlight effect inside Callao Cave


Due to our 9-day company shutdown, I made a spontaneous decision to organize a 3days-2nights trip to Palaui. Together with 5 of my kaladkarin travel buddies, we booked a flight to Tuguegarao for this year-end getaway. Thanks to Cebu Pacific's last minute P188 promo, we got Manila-Tuguegarao roundtrip tickets for only P1,175.


Actually it was really my travel buddy Sol who created our Callao Cave-Palaui itinerary. She knows better, she's born and raised in Cagayan.

Since we're 6 in the group, we decided to hire a van for 2 days. This made our trip very convenient. Okay, so from Tuguegarao airport, we took the van and proceeded to an old restaurant that serves Pancit Batil-Patong, the famous local delicacy in Tuguegarao. batil = mixing ; patung = piled on top

distinct ingredient of Pancit Batil-Patung is the Carabao Beef

Maybe because of the Cara Beef, this tastes different compared to our pancit here. What's more memorable are the Cara Beef Tapa and the Carabao Chicharon! Ang sarap. How I wish I bought a lot of these as pasalubong for my family.


Moving on, we went back to the van and started the 45-minute travel to Callao Cave. The weather was not really fair that day. Nevertheless, it wont be a big factor as we're only going to explore a cave. We arrived in the location and paid the minimal entrance fee. Two kids were assigned to us which will serve as our tour guides.

welcome to Callao Cave

Beside this area is a body of water, they say it is a part of Cagayan river.

a part of Cagayan river

The guides lead us to this 180-step staircase. And before we burn calories, one of the guides volunteered to take our group shot.

Meet my travel buddies: all of them are solo joiners. We just introduced ourselves to each other on the day we arrived in Tuguegarao. =)

Carla, Sol, Ivy, Doni, our guide, me, and Peng
thank you for joining!

After the not-so-challenging 180-step climb, we had a glimpse of Callao Cave. It is made up of seven chambers and formations: the Column, Chapel, Skeleton, Elephant’s Head, Praying Angel, Rocket, Lion’s Head and Dog’s Head Formations.

first glimpse of Callao Cave


Exploring different chambers inside this cave could have been easier only if the flooring is dry. Due to rain showers, we ended up walking in a slippery and muddy cave. At first it was all fun, specially after seeing the Chapel.

dramatic effect of the light made this Chapel more spectacular

according to the guides, some weddings were already held here

To be fair, it was the guides who taught us where to take nice shots.

seek the light - by Doni

We proceeded to the next chamber. The way became more slippery and steep. And because most of the time our slippers got stuck in the thick mud - we ended up walking barefooted.

Carla's feet in the thick mud

Reaching this next chamber is still fun. It was really nice to see the rock formations despite not having enough source of light.

one of the chambers in Callao Cave

rock formations

What's a visit without having a photo op?

thank you Carla for this stolen silhouette shot. i like it!

It got harder as we reached the next chambers. The floor became even more slippery. As for the young guides, well what can we expect - they were just kids and they cant even manage to assist us. They dont even have a flashlight to start with. We struggled by using our cellphones to light the path.

getting out of the cave was another story

Callao Cave is really a spectacular tourist spot but it is best visited in the morning, or as long as there's enough sunlight. Tourism authorities should train their guides (kids or young adults) about the safety of each guest. For sure everyone will agree to pay a little more to have a guide that's well skilled, informed, and ready as well.

Thank goodness all of us got out of the cave unbruised and unharmed.

Originally, we plan to travel to Sta.Ana right after we visited Callao Cave. But Sol advised us it could not be safe to travel anymore. Safety comes first. We all agreed to spend the night in Tuguegarao City instead.

lamp post in Tuguegarao

For the accommodation, Sol recommended Hotel Roma. Room rate is affordable, we got a super spacious a/c room with 8 single beds and it only costs P4,000. This room has 2 shower rooms, tv, fridge, dining area, and veranda. Nice.

Hotel Roma's lobby

big and spacious room Hotel Roma

We ended the night by exchanging crazy stories to each other. Like "Anong mga kalokohan ang ginawa mo nung bata ka pa?" Example - drugs, shoplifting, etc. LOL
That way, we became more at ease with each other. ^_^

how about you, anong kalokohan ang sinubukan mo nung bata ka pa?



○ Thank you Carla and Peng for providing these awesome pictures. Sorry kasi ang tamad ko na magpicture. ^_^

53 responses:

Chyng said...

i will try to do a table of expenses on my next entry. so relax. ok? =)

kim buenafe said...

finally, the moment I've been waiting for has come! YEY! really anticipating the palaui trek.. keep posting chyng! no pressure here ;p

calin lin said...

Ooh the pansit looks soo yummy! Thanks for the review.

I'd been an lurking around your blog since 2011.. I just followed you today!

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Hoobert the Awesome said...

Yeah I know that cave. I think yan yung na-feature sa MMK. I remember the chapel.

The pansit looks yummy. Really. And the meat toppings, wow. Nom nom! You must try our Pansit Bato here in Bicol. :)

I'll send you a pm Ate.

Doni said...

Bongga to bongga!
Thanks sa exposure ko hehe..

Abangan ko pa yung mga kasunod =)

Ruth said...

OMG. The first time I encounter Callao Cave, it was a question for a project I did in HS. (parang, san sya makikita?!) There werent much info in the net then, and I had to dig tru books and encyclopedia. Haha.

Nice pictures and a chapel in the cave? WOW! Astig. Really more fun here in the Phils!

Btw, nice hotel! Ang gara!!

michi said...

ito yata ang cave na napanood ko sa MMK. =)

kim buenafe said...

reading this gets me more excited! i have so many questions but i guess they have to wait until your next blog. keep it coming! :)

anmari said...

galing ng shots chyng!

TheWanderlusterKid said...

Nice place. Parang ang sarap magpakasal diyan. Hahaha.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

in fairness sa mga kids na naging guide ko dyan last November ok naman... may dalang flashlight... at magaling mag explain, dami nilang alam tungkol sa cave... hehehe!!!

Natakot din akong mag slip dyan, kc sobrang dulas nga talaga especially kapag umulan... ^_^

Dek said...

Pwede bang mag-apply na "kaladkarin travel buddy"? :)

Nicole said...

parang masarap ang pancit pero carabao meat? Haha! Ang cute ng church sa loob. :)

Rizalenio said...

Ang ganda ng kueba. Dramatic nga ang lighting. Nakakaintrigue naman ang personalities ng nagpapakasal sa kueba. Pero come to think of it, mas ok picturean ito kapag may mga bulaklak at taong nakagowns. :)

gillboard said...

sorry kung geeky yung comment, pero the chapel inside the cave reminded me of a game i was playing. Skyrim. it looks like one of those caves i explored. ang galing!!!

rob said...

.. callao cave has been featured on tv before, pero can't remember saan.

.. a "cave wedding"? sounds very odd ano? :D

docgelo said...

i love the contrast of the photos of the cave and the hotel. yun ang drama! fantastic adventure!

PS : do you surf for weather (or earthquake if there's such from philvocs) forecast online before you plan a travel? kundi, you're one brave girl really. bow!

Bino said...

ang mura nung hotel pero ng class ng dating! nice ah :)

crapdesigns said...

Hello Chyng,

Nice photos! may I know why Sol did not permit your group to travel to Sta.Ana after your Callao cave tour?

We're also planning to visit Cagayan, particularly Palaui Island. just want to be sure for our safety. Thanks a lot!

Reinier

Mitch said...

Marami kong kalokohan Chyng..some are forgotten na nga lang. hehe. Start na naman to ng mga travels mo for 2012! GO, take your time...

Ian | Going Places said...

Other things to see in Tugegarao?

marxtermind said...

Isa din to sa mga gusto kong puntahan! Maybe next next year! =)

khantotantra said...

grabe, 4k sa ganoong room na kalaki? sosyalan!

gusto ko yung toppings sa pansit. hahaha, meaty!

Photo Cache said...

i've never seen a hotel room that huge with eight beds. never been to a hostel either.

cool pix.

iamjenniya said...

Breath taking ang pics inside the cave.. Ganda!

Chyng said...

@Reinier,

hi! sabi ni Sol, merong pa ding mga NPA sa paligid na pwedeng mangharang ng mga sasakyan. delikado lalo kung gabi kasi wala ng ibang tao at sasakyan sa kalsada..

Sumi Go said...

Mukhang masarap yung pansit! :D The Callao Cave looks really nice too, lalo na yung chapel part. Although I don't want to get married there, parang nice magphotoshoot dun.. XD

lakwatserong tatay said...

wow, matagal ko ng pangarap na mapuntahan ang callao cave...sana mapuntahan ko rin yan...kainggit ka naman....^_^...

Ichan said...
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Ichan said...

WOW.. ang ganda! never p akong nakapasok ng kweba, but looking at ur pictures, totally speechless. Will be waiting for the palaui post! =)

greentulips said...

whoa. you should have visited sta. ana. ang ganda run! san kayo nagpansit? maraming masasarap na pansitan sa tuguegarao. thanks for featuring tuguegarao BTW. :DD

CarmisCaprice said...

omg! that chapel is sooo enchantingly beautiful :)

bertN said...

Malaki na palang talaga ang ipinagbago ng Callao Cave since I visited it last. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Chief Executive Bum said...

Glad to see how they are still preserving Callao Cave. I'm excited to read your next post re: trekking in Palaui. I wanna try it too. I'm from Cagayan Valley btw. Wonderful blog. Aprub!

Moi said...

nice photos! its my dream to visit kahit anong cave man lang. haha. nainggit ako with this post. hehe

kg said...

wow sulit yung room! mura at maganda!

at yung pansit...natakam ako!

Vanessa Lingan said...

sad to say ate chyng i am not there! pauwi palang ako ng province ko :( OMG! i'm waiting for you to follow me.

Batang Lakwatsero said...

I'm planning to visit Cagayan and Palaui by october.. hehe.. mukhang masaya magliwaliw sa loob ng cave.

panalo din yung panict.. hndi pa kasi ako nakakatikim ng Cara Beef kaya natatakam ako.

stacy said...

Wow ayus na wedding venue. Free pa siguro yan =)

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

Ang bongga naman ng Callao Cave! Ang naisip ko nung nakita ko yung pics is this is a perfect location for a music video shoot lol. Kakaibang experience sigurong maka-attend ng wedding dyan ^_^

dong ho said...

nice. kailangan nga may photo op talaga. i agree that the lighting made a great effect of the cave. when we were there it was almost entirely dark. timing is also important.

Untied Escape said...

Stunning ang chapel sa loob... the best tlga mga trip nyo Chyng

Robbie said...

Win talaga yung mga open invitation trips mo Chyng! Sana makasama ako in the future.

Yung lighting sa Callao Cave, I was expecting for something like that din sa Underground River para mas ma-appreciate ng tourists yung rock formations din. I'm not sure lack kung okay siya for in terms of protecting the cave and whatnot. Pero ang dilim lang kasi sobrang sa loob ng Underground River. Hahaha.

Ang spacious ng room sa hotel! Pwede na mag-pageant!

m@noy en nin@y said...

wow me ganyang church pala! hang ganda!!!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Love the cave pixs - this would be where I'll be cranking up on those ISOs what with the challenging availability of light. hehe!

so I reckon y'all started this trip as strangers at ngayon siguro mga FB friends mo na rin sila. networking talaga!

Sendo said...

ayos ah..ganda ng chambers at rock formations...which looks better, sagada or this? ahw hehe...me church pala diyan? me nag-mimisa ba talaga diyan? ganda ng ambiance ah ^^ at ang laki laki ng hotel niyo, ganda ! ...anyhoo nung bata pa ako, nakipagswimming ako with my childhood buddies sa may baybay na maraming ebak hahaha

Ray | En Route said...

Nice experience :D ! Looks like the only places to enjoy unspoiled terrain in the Philippines are really in the farthest corners of the archipelago.

Hope they really maintain its serene and tranquil environment so that these eco tourism efforts can be sustained.

Cecille Tan said...

Hello chyng, find your blogs very useful. Will appreciate if you could refer me to your transport contact in Tuguegarao. We are planning to visit the place during the long holidays of APril.

Awaiting for your favorable reply. Hope I could join in your future trips.

THanks and best regards, Chen

Chyng said...

^ hi cecille!

we rented this van from the airport to callao cave - hotel roma - to palaui - then back to the aiport. pls call this number: 0915.892.2786. her name is SOL. brother nya yung nag-drive for us.

nathz said...

sayang, you missed some spots in cagayan.. pero congratulations on your trip.. nakakainggit.. ^_^

faith f. said...

We'll go there tomorrow, nice photography! Btw, do the hotel roma has website? contact number? It looks nice and affordable kasi :)

Thanks!

Marie said...

Hi! I am a researcher for a publishing house in QC and I would like to ask permission to use your cagayan river photo in a grade 4 book to be publisged next year. Please email your reply at maritescui@gmail.com. Thank you and God bless.

mirka said...

More than 8pax ata kami sa trike nung nagpunta kami sa Callao Cave. Sabi nung mga nakasabay namin normal lang daw yun. :D

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