Cagayan Valley: Discovering Philippines’ countless pleasures

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Batanes • Cagayan • Isabela • Nueva Vizcaya • Quirino

Hemmed in by mountain ranges on two sides, Cagayan Valley has various attractions that are worth visiting. Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the region’s remote yet idyllic setting.

 

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How to get there and go around

By Land. Intrepid travellers can take any of the numerous bus companies that ply the Manila – Cagayan Valley route (hourly evening trips available). Bus companies from Metro Manila that regularly ply the route are 4J, Autobus, Baliwag, Dalin Liner, Florida, and Victory Liner.

By Air. For those who do not have much time to spare, several airlines fly to regional centers like Basco, Tuguegarao, and Cauayan, and even to towns in the region’s remote Pacific coast. Airlines that have flights to Cagayan Valley are Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, Seaair, and SkyPasada.

Like anywhere else in the Philippines, jeepneys, tricycles, vans, and Asian Utility Vehicles are the main modes of transportation in Cagayan Valley. Taking public transport in the country is in itself an adventure. It is a great way to experience the average Filipino’s daily life.

 


Where to stay

Despite its apparent remoteness, Cagayan Valley also boasts of accommodations with modern amenities that will suit even a shoestring budget. For the adventurous types, camping out in the region’s wilderness is also possible.

To learn more, check out the following links:

lakbaypilipinas.com
www.flyphilippines.com.ph/cagayan
www.flyphilippines.com.ph/isabela

 


What to eat

Try Isabela’s version of pasta, pancit cabagan. It is a flavorful mix of noodles, meat, quail eggs and vegetables.

 


What to buy

The region is well-known for its durable yet affordable furniture made of local hardwood. If freight cost is not an issue, a piece or two would be a nice addition to anyone’s home.

 

For Tour Operators & Travel Agents

Department of Tourism: Overseas Offices
DOT: List of accredited establishments

Or see our article on this topic for a list of major travel agencies in the Philippines:
For tour operators and travel agencies: Doing business in the Philippines

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