If you’re looking for a unique and off-the-beaten-path destination in the Philippines, Tuguegarao and Cagayan should be at the top of your list. These two provinces, located in the northeastern part of Luzon, offer a diverse array of natural and cultural attractions that will make for an unforgettable vacation.
Tuguegarao, the capital city of Cagayan, is known for its rich historical and cultural heritage. The city’s main attraction is the St. Peter’s Cathedral, a beautiful stone church that dates back to the 18th century. The cathedral is known for its intricate carvings and unique architecture, which reflects the blend of Spanish and indigenous influences.
Another must-see destination in Tuguegarao is the Callao Cave, a limestone cave system that features seven chambers filled with stunning rock formations and sparkling crystal-clear waters. Visitors can explore the caves by boat or by foot, and can also take a dip in the cool, refreshing waters.
Cagayan, on the other hand, is a nature lover’s paradise. The province is home to the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport, where you can find the famous white sand beaches of Palaui Island and experience the local culture of the Cagayanons. The island is also known for its clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and diving.
Another natural attraction not to be missed is the Sanchez Mira beach, it’s a long stretch of white sand with clear blue waters, known for its quiet and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for relaxation and getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Tuguegarao and Cagayan are also known for their delicious local cuisine, particularly their famous “Ipon” or dried fish, and the “Tuguegarao Longganisa” – a sweet and savory sausage that is a must-try.
All in all, Tuguegarao and Cagayan offer a unique and exciting vacation experience that combines culture, history, nature, and delicious food. If you’re looking for a destination that is off the beaten path, these two provinces should definitely be on your list.
Travel by land from Manila to Tuguegarao or Sta. Ana Cagayan via GV Florida bus. You can book your bus tickets online at iwantseats.com!