5 Hidden Gems to Explore in Nueva Vizcaya


5 Hidden Gems to Explore in Nueva Vizcaya

The world is indeed too big to stay in one place. But where to start? Before we fall in love in Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal, marvel at the Stonehenge, appreciate the beauty of the Statue of Liberty and take our time in London, let us pay our own country a visit first.

In a land that consists of 7,641 islands (yes, 534 new islands to explore!), there are thousands of beautiful places to visit that will make you feel like you’ve found a lost paradise.

Tucked away in the north-central part of Luzon, Nueva Vizcaya offers plenty of hidden getaways that should be included in your bucket list.

Are you ready for a wonderful trip around the Citrus Capital of the Philippines?

1. Imugan Waterfalls

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Imugan Waterfalls is a thirty-five foot-tall spring waterfall with clear waters cascading down the basin-like pool that flows all the way through the Imugan River. It’s an ideal destination to get closer to nature and have an epic adventure with friends.

Location: Imugan, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya

How to get there:

Take a bus going either to Tuguegarao City, Santiago City, Isabela or Banaue. The town of Sta. Fe is the first town of Region 2 coming from Manila. The trip will take five to seven hours. After arriving at Sta. Fe, take a public jeepney in front of the waiting shed of the Municipal Hall of Sta. Fe. You can also rent a tricycle going to Imugan.  Then, pay a entrance fee of P25/head in the Barangay Hall or in the store (Caslangan Store) near the Barangay Hall. After, proceed to starting point in the Halong area where you can see signboard going to the waterfalls.

Entrance Fee:

Adults: P25.00 / Children P15.00

2. Mount Palali

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Traveling with friends is fun, but having some “me time” in a place far from the busy city is a good way to replenish your mind, body and soul. Mount Palali perfect for travelers who are looking for a pristine place to visit. The 1,705 meters above sea level-high mountain is ideal for hiking.

Location: Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya

Purok 5, Brgy. Maddiangat, Quezon (jump-off point)

3. Capisaan Cave System

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Capisaan Cave System is a 4.2-kilometer long cave in Barangay Capisaan, Kasibu that boasts calcite formations, stalactite and stalagmite formations, and a subterranean river. Capisaan is actually the fifth longest cave system in the country and is one of the best caves to go spelunking.

Location: Barangays Capisaan and Alayan in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya

Spelunking Fee: P250/person (for a group of five)

Lamp and helmet rental: P20

4. Mt. Ugo

image credit: Allan Cj Sangkate

One of the highest mountains in Benguet, Mt. Ugo has an estimated elevation of up to 2,150 meters above sea level. It was named Ugo (from the word Ugoan that means to sit the throat) after the series of killings by the headhunters such as the Spanish Secretary General. But that didn’t stop it from being one of the wonderful destinations in Nueva Vizcaya.

Location: Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya / Brgy. Tinongdan, Itogon, Benguet

5. Dupax del Sur Church

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This Dominican church is one of the oldest unreinforced brick churches in the Cagayan Valley, and was built in the 18th century. The church is also declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum.

Location: Dupax Del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya

How to get there:

From Manila, ride a bus going to Tuguegarao City. The bus usually passes the province of Nueva Vizcaya. Ask the driver to drop you off at the town of Bayombong (capital of Nueva Vizcaya). Then, from there, ride a jeep going to Bambang, then ride a tricycle going to St. Vincent Ferrer Church.


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