Day 05 – Banaue to Penablanca
Started off very early as it’s a long way to Penablanca in Cagayan province. I decided to take the Halsema highway through Kalinga province. Looking back, I should have taken the easier road through Isabela province.
At another Banaue view point
It’s always very cold in the morning on the mountains. It’s just 2000m++. I wonder how I can cope with Mt Kinabalu.
The road from Bontoc to Lubuguan was rough. It’s about 10% paved. This is a good section of the road.
Soon the road narrowed and construction vehicles blocked the way.
Whenever 2 vehicles meet, one had to reverse to find a wider spot where 2 could pass each other. It’s sometimes easier for a motorcycle.
But not always. A bus broke down and I was stuck for around half an hour.
Puddles of muddy water along the way is common.
But there are still nice scenery to admire.
After an 8 hour ride, I finally reached Callao Caves in Penablanca. At per limestone cave SOP, the guide would point out the resemblance of each rock to a certain animal. In the photo, there is a gorilla, a merlion and all you can imagine.
A chapel in the cave. You can hold a church wedding here, subjected to approval.
Callao Caves Resort is located at the other side of the Pinacanauan River.
Pinacanauan river. One can pay 600 Pesos for a bangka ride to view thousands of bats leaving the caves at dusk. I wasn’t willing to pay and had a glimpse of some small fruit bats flying pass the resort.
Haha, I got a Honeymoon Suite. I am all alone in the resort.