Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sightseeing, Food Trippin’ and Adventure packed day in Albay

Naga and Caramoan, checked! We are down to our last stop for this Bicolandia Exploration: Legaspi!  After our CWC Experience we headed to SM City to check for the Van that will take us to Ligao where we will be spending overnight before heading to Legaspi City. Thanks to Cholo and her Aunt’s hospitality.

It was a fine Saturday morning when we started exploring this side of town.  While riding towards Legaspi, I am praying that I will be able to see Mt Mayon in its perfect shape. It has been my dream since I started travelling, to see the beauty and grandeur of this majestic volcano.  If you are in Bicol, you will see Mayon all over the place, different views and angles. People here are so lucky to have this sight on a daily basis. 

First stop: The Cagsawa Ruins. The Cagsawa Ruins (also spelled as Kagsawa or Cagsaua) are the remnants of an 18th-century Franciscan church, the Cagsawa church, built in 1724 and destroyed by the 1814 eruption of the Mayon Volcano.The ruins, currently protected in a park overseen by the municipal government of Daraga and the National Museum of the Philippines, are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. They are considered symbolic of the dangers of living in close proximity with the Mayon Volcano. The ruins are roughly 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) away from the summit of the Mayon Volcano (Wiki)

From Legaspi proper, you can ride a jeepney to Cagsawa Crossing and then walk or ride a tricycle to the entrance of the park. Aside from sight seeing, buying souvenir items, eating, you can also be more adventurous and take the ATV Adventure to the foot of Mt Mayon.

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MAJESTIC MAYON VOLCANO

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CAGSAWA RUINS

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After a short sight seeing at Cagsawa Ruins, we went back to Legaspi and this time we’re heading to one famous spots in the area: Embarcadero de Legaspi. A world-class waterfront lifestyle hub at the Legazpi City harbor. We had lunch at one of the buffet restaurant, and of course I got Bicol Express! Yes, I am in Bicol so what more can I expect? There Bicol express have more Chili than Pork. lol!

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After having lunch, yay we got sleepy so we need something to perk us up! We went to Bigg’s Diner to have Coffee. Bigg’s Diner is one famous fast food chain in Bicol. They serve foods similar to Jollibee and McDonalds plus pastries. Unfortunately the cake that Boss Jaymee wanted me to try was out of stock.

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We are heading back to Ligao to check Kawa-Kawa Hill Way of the Cross and ATV Ride (supposedly). We ride a jeepney bound to Ligao and it took us almost 2 hours to get to our destination. Lesson learned, take the bus instead if you opted for faster way.

JEEPNEY RIDE TO KAWA KAWA HILL (yeah, we own the entire ride)

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SILI WAITING SHED (sign that we are near Kawa Kawa Hill)

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COLORFUL JEEPNEY IN ALBAY

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There were a lot of people in Kawa Kawa Hill when we arrived. We didn't know that there’s a way of the cross procession going on so it’s a bit inconvenient to transfer from one station to another. Gladly, i was able to find way to take pictures on some of them. Unfortunately, the ATV ride is not available on that day because of the event.

 

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With sad faces and heavy heart out of disappointment, we went down the hill, rested a bit and decided to have the ATV adventure at Cagasawa Ruins instead. This Bicol trip will never be complete without experiencing it. So we hop on the bus this time for faster ride to Cagsawa.

In the interest of time, and for the sake of experiencing the ATV adventure, we took the Cagsawa Short Trail at Php 699.00/person. This trail will take a maximum of one hour. This is my first time to experience riding, actually driving the ATV and I enjoyed it. It’s not easy for first few minutes but once you get the hang of it, easy breezy. It’s like your riding an automatic motorcycle less the fear of falling because it four-wheeled. If you need further details on the trails and rates: BICOL ATV ADVENTURES

A briefing was conducted by an ATV staff when we got on the site. Briefing included trail preview, safety precautions, tips on smooth maneuvering of ATV unit, signing of waiver and paying of fee for the chosen trail. A guide was provided and taught us the how-to’s of ATV driving . Enough time was also provided for us to practice at the site before finally hitting the trail. Guide was the one who led our queue. He’s also the one responsible for documentation, so no worries for pictures to be shared and uploaded online.

 

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Basically, the trail was rough, the kind of trail for a worthy ATV adventure. Trail included grassland, rocky terrain, and my favorite: a number of streams! Accelerating on the streams awesomely made the ride splashy wet! The rocky terrain will require your arms to be vigorous for rocks tend to make the unit get out of the path and maneuvering it back needs some strength.

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It was getting dark when we headed back to the base but it was one hell of a ride. Of course, we are going back for more and we are taking that course/trail that will take us to the foot of Mt Mayon.

Indeed, it’s more fun in the Philippines and the fun is doubled when you experience the beauty and adventure your own country is offering to the world.

Now it’s time to satisfy the cravings for THE FLAVORS OF BICOL

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