the magnificent callao caves

my first trip to cagayan valley was nothing short of rediscovering the beauty of the sierra madre

Early this December, I went on a barely planned trip to Region 2. Luckily and despite the short period for the organization of the trip, I was able to visit the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela and Quirino.

The warmth of the Northern folk greeted me amidst the very cool Tuguegarao weather. Our hosts from Conservation International truly went out of their way to arrange our itinerary during our stay. While our trip was mostly for work, we were able to squeeze in a few hours of sightseeing. And the first thing that came to mind was… the famous Callao Caves.

I’ve long wanted to see these caves. I was lucky that I was able to do so the first time I stepped into Cagayan soil. The caves were a beauty. It was a bit muddy and slippery but we were able to explore most parts of this seven-chamber formation.

It was a quick tour of the caves that took an hour at most. Although you are welcome to stay for as long as you like to be wowed by the unique formations inside. Callao caves got its name from the bird, Kalaw, which is endemic to the Philippines and is frequently spotted in the region. This region is also popular for its rich biodiversity, which is why environmental organizations like CI have found a niche in the area.

Here are some of the photos I took with my phone camera. They might not be the best quality but you should see for youself that a natural wonder such as this one is truly worth visiting.

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