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Tuguegarao Travel Guide Itinerary Trip

Tuguegarao is a city located on the northeastern side of mainland Luzon. It is about 485 kilometers away from Metro Manila and is part of the Cagayan Province in the Cagayan Valley Region. The province is bordered by Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Kalinga and Isabela. Tuguegarao’s main claim to fame is the record temperature it set for the Philippines at 42.2°Celsius in 1912 and 1969.

But temperature aside, Tuguegarao has a few tourist spots up its sleeve that might surprise travelers who usually just pass through it on their way to the nearby town of Penablanca for spelunking, or the northernmost towns of Palaui and Claveria. It has a couple of historical churches, one of the longest bridges in the country and a delectable noodle dish, the pancit batil patong, that can rival the best of what the Philippines has to offer.

Before taking that bus ride up north once again, think about dropping by Tuguegarao City and let this travel guide and trip itinerary open your maps towards the hottest city this side of the Philippines.

 

 

► HOW TO GET TO TUGUEGARAO


The hurdle of conquering the numbing twelve-hour bus ride from Manila to Tuguegarao has been given solution by two major airlines in the country, Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines. While the prices of bus and plane tickets are quite wide, try to book during seat sales and you just might chance on a flight fare that’s much cheaper than those of buses. If you’re set on doing the bus route, I suggest you book a night trip, that way, you can sleep off the hours and arrive at Tuguegarao by sunrise. Or better yet, get a sleeper bus, which is only more expensive by a few hundred pesos.

Manila to Tuguegarao by Bus
There are several bus terminals in Cubao, Caloocan and Manila that plies the Tuguegarao City route. Most of these have daily schedules to the province with night trips being the norm. Ticket fares are usually pegged at Php600.00, give or take, for a twelve-hour one-way trip. As always, please call the numbers provided for an updated bus schedule.

BALIWAG TRANSITCubao | (02) 912-3361
● DALIN LINER – Manila | (02) 722-7999
● DELTRA BUS TRANSIT Manila | (02) 740 7102
GV FLORIDA BUSManila | (02) 781-5894 | Fare Php600.00+/- | Sleeper Php1,000+/-
VICTORY LINERKamias, Pasay, Manila, Caloocan | (02) 727-4688

Manila to Tuguegarao by Plane
CEBU PACIFIC AIR – (02) 7020-888 Flies daily to Tuguegarao | Duration 1:05
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES – (02) 855-8888  Flies daily to Tuguegarao | Duration 1:05

Baguio to Tuguegarao by Bus
As of this writing, I know of only one bus company that plies the Baguio to Tuguegarao City route. The trip takes about ten hours via the Dangwa Tranco bus line. Contact number, (074) 442-2449.

Vigan to Tuguegarao by Bus
There are passenger bus lines that goes directly from Vigan City to Tuguegarao City. One such is GMW Bus with fare ranging from Php400.00 to Php500.00. The trip takes about 9 hours. Contact number, (077) 670-3454.

 

 

► GETTING AROUND TUGUEGARAO


Getting Around Tuguegarao City

The main mode of transportation in Tuguegarao is the tricycle which locals refer to as tricy. The minimum fare is at PHP10.00, with higher fares for farther destinations. Note that with this price, the driver has a right to scoot in a few more passengers with you as he goes along. Another popular mode of going about the city is the karitela, a horse-drawn transport with a boxy carriage at the back. Fare is similar with the tricy at PHP10.00 minimum, but most of these are limited within the downtown area.

 

 

► TUGUEGARAO TOURS & GUIDES


Tuguegarao City Packaged Tours

During my visits to Tuguegarao City, I’ve never encountered a group selling packaged tours. The place itself is quite easy to explore; tourist sites within the city are mostly walking distances from each other, while the farther places are readily accessible by tricycles. Going to the town of Penablanca is another matter though, you either rent a van / tricycle or commute, both of which takes about an hour or two.

 

 

► SPEAK TUGUEGARAO


The locals of Tuguegarao call themselves Tuguegarenos. They speak Ibanag, Itawes, Ilokano as well as Tagalog and English. The most common tongue within Tuguegarao though is Itawes, a language close to the Ibanag and is used by the earliest people of Cagayan Valley.

Tuguegarao Language

Thank You – Maballo
Good Morning – Napya nga umma
Good Afternoon - Napya nga aggaw
Good Evening – Napya nga gabi
How Much? – Pigga?
Where is… – Sittaw yari

 

 

► WHERE TO STAY IN TUGUEGARAO


Surprisingly, Tuguegarao City is replete with accommodations that range from inns to high end hotels. Prices are quite affordable too, even with the posh ones, so choosing a place to stay for the night isn’t really a problem. A little tip for those wanting to stay overnight; a few hotels are on the outskirts of the city, so makes sure that the ones you would book are located along the downtown area.

Balai Bed and Breakfast Tuguegarao

BALAI BED AND BREAKFAST
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: 53 Burgos Street, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-5283
GPS Coordinates: 17.613639, 121.727500
PHOTO FROM AGODA
Balai Carmela Tuguegarao

BALAI CARMELA
Room Rates: From PHP1,300.00, good for 2pax
Address: 8 Dunkin Drive, Capitol Hills, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 377-0032 | (0917) 553-5955
GPS Coordinates: 17.649279, 121.758273
Holiday Plaza Hotel Tuguegarao

HOLIDAY PLAZA HOTEL
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: Arellano cor. Blumentritt St., Centro 6, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 304-0557 | (0905) 658-9888
Email: holidayplaza_hotel@yahoo.com
GPS Coordinates: 17.611333, 121.729167
Hotel Carmelita Tuguegarao

HOTEL CARMELITA
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: 9 Diversion Road, Balzain, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-7027
GPS Coordinates: 17.626472, 121.729917
PHOTO FROM AGODA
Hotel Joselina Tuguegarao

HOTEL JOSELINA
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: Maharlika Highway, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (0917) 553-7930
GPS Coordinates: 17.630722, 121.740028
PHOTO FROM AGODA
Hotel Lorita Tuguegarao

HOTEL LORITA
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: 67 Rizal Street, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-1390
GPS Coordinates: 17.614444, 121.729917
PHOTO FROM AGODA
Hotel Roma Tuguegarao

HOTEL ROMA
Room Rates:
Address: Luna cor. Bonfacio Street, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-1057
GPS Coordinates: 17.613194, 121.728639
PHOTO BY BLISSFULGURO
Ivory Hotel and Suites Tuguegarao

IVORY HOTEL AND SUITES
Room Rates: Click Here 
Address: Buntun Highway, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-1275
GPS Coordinates: 17.613444, 121.703972
PHOTO FROM AGODA
Las Palmas De San Jose Tuguegarao

LAS PALMAS DE SAN JOSE LEISURE CLUB
Room Rates: Click Here 
Address: 20 St. Anne St., San Jose Village, Atulayan Sur, Tuguegarao City
Contact Number: (078) 844-1661 | (078) 846-8115
GPS Coordinates: 17.633194, 121.715111
Mango Suites Tuguegarao

MANGO SUITES
Room Rates: Click Here 
Address: 1 Rizal St. corner Balzain Road, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 304-0123
GPS Coordinates: 17.617889, 121.728111
PHOTO FROM AGODA
Pensione Joselina Tuguegarao

PENSIONE JOSELINA
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: 52 Aguinaldo St. Centro 6, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-7368 | (0906) 930-1313
GPS Coordinates: 17.613056, 121.729472
Taj Hotel Tuguegarao

TAJ HOTEL
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: 7B Taft St., Centro 8, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 304-1385
GPS Coordinates: 17.617111, 121.726472
PHOTO FROM AGODA

 

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► WHERE TO EAT IN TUGUEGARAO


Tuguegarao City is a culinary delight when it comes to noodles or pancit. It is the birthplace of pancit batil patong, a stir-fried noodle dish topped with carabeef, crushed pork, liver, veggies, poached egg and eaten with a side dish of garnished garlic and egg-drop soup. There are numerous panciteria that line the streets of Tuguegarao’s downtown area; it’s actually quite hard to find other carinderia offerings. For those not into noodles, there are some restaurants in the city that offers regular Filipino and Western cuisines.

Anne's Resto Music Bar Tuguegarao

ANNE’S RESTO MUSIC BAR
Type: Bar & Restaurant
Address: Hotel Elinas, 133 A. Bonifacio st., Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-4155 | (078) 844-2198
GPS Coordinates: 17.611500, 121.728250
Dim's Resto TuguegaraoDIM’S RESTO
Type: Tapsilogan
Address: Blumentritt cor. Aguinaldo Street, Centro 6, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-0531
GPS Coordinates: 17.612361, 121.729056
Dingkoy's Bar & Restaurant Tuguegarao

DINGKOY’S BAR & RESTAURANT
Type: Bar & Restaurant
Address: 87 Taft Street Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-4055
GPS Coordinates: 17.612889, 121.726222
Ed's Panciteria Tuguegarao

ED’S PANCITERIA
Type: Panciteria
Address: Luna Street, Centro 6, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 304-0557 | (0905) 658-9888
GPS Coordinates: 17.613250, 121.729472
Jasmine-Jomar's Panciteria Tuguegarao

JASMINE – JOMAR’S PANCITERIA
Type: Panciteria
Address: Buntun Highway, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (0906) 829-7324
GPS Coordinates: 17.613722, 121.692806
Jomar's Panciteria Tuguegarao

JOMAR'S SPECIAL PANCIT BATIL PATUNG
Type: Panciteria
Address: Luna Street, Centro 6, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (0905) 361-1617
GPS Coordinates: 17.613056, 121.729472
Night Hawkers Tuguegarao

NIGHT HAWKERS PANCIT BATIL PATONG 
Type: Noodle Stand
Address: In front E-Plus Technology Enterprises, Bonifacio Street, Centro,
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
GPS Coordinates: 17.613250, 121.729472
Win-Mae Panciteria Tuguegarao

WIN-MAE PANCITERIA
Type: Panciteria
Address: Diversion Road, Brgy. Atulayan Norte, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
GPS Coordinates: 17.627443, 121.725948

 

 

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN TUGUEGARAO


Honestly, there’s really not much to see in Tuguegarao City; tourist spots in the area are quite sparse. But what it lacks in places to visit, it makes for by its cuisine (spell pancit batil patong). The city is also a good place to stay in if one is planning to visit the Callao Caves in the town of Penablanca along with the other cave systems in the area. If you’re planning to go to Palaui, Tuguegarao is a good city for a side trip to cut the long bus ride from Manila.


Buntun Bridge Tuguegarao

BUNTUN BRIDGE 
Address: Buntun Highway, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates: 17.614139, 121.687889
Cagayan Provincial Capitol Tuguegarao

CAGAYAN PROVINCIAL CAPITOL & MUSEUM
Address: Cagayan Provincial Capitol Grounds, Enrile Ave.,  Tuguegarao City
Entrance Fee: None
Contact Number: (078) 846-7337
GPS Coordinates: 17.647861, 121.759611
Horno Ruins Tuguegarao

HORNO RUINS
Address: Blumentritt street, Brgy. Bagumbayan, Centro 9, Tuguegarao City
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates: 17.607417, 121.729111
PHOTO BY JJ CARPIO
San Jacinto Church Tuguegarao

SAN JACINTO CHURCH
Address: Mabini cor. Legazpi street, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates: 17.616611, 121.725167
PHOTO BY SHUBERT CIENCIA
St. Paul University Tuguegarao

ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY PHILIPPINES
Address: Mabini cor. Malilin street, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates: 17.617056, 121.723917
PHOTO BY MARLON PATRICK
Tuguegarao Cathedral

TUGUEGARAO CATHEDRAL
Address: Rizal Street, Centro 8, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates: 17.613306, 121.730472
 
Callao Cave Penablanca

CALLAO CAVE 
Address: Barangay Magdalo and Quibal, Penablanca, Cagayan
Entrance Fee: Php20.00
Guide Fee:
GPS Coordinates: 17.706833, 121.819139
Jackpot Cave Penablanca

JACKPOT CAVE
Address: Sitio Tumallo, Brgy. Quibal, Penablanca, Cagayan
Entrance Fee:
Guide Fee:
GPS Coordinates:
Odessa-Tumbali Cave Penablanca

ODESSA-TUMBALI CAVE SYSTEM
Address: Sitio Abbenditan, Brgy. Quibal, Penablanca, Cagayan
Entrance Fee:
Guide Fee:
GPS Coordinates:
Pinacanauan River Penablanca

PINACANAUAN RIVER
Address: Barangay Magdalo and Quibal, Penablanca, Cagayan
Entrance Fee: None
Boating Fee: Php300.00
GPS Coordinates: 17.704556, 121.817250
San Carlos River Cave Penablanca

SAN CARLOS RIVER CAVE 
Address: Penablanca, Cagayan
Guide Contact Number: (0926) 136-5304
Guide Fee: PHP500.00
GPS Coordinates:
PHOTO BY MISSY PENAVERDE

 

 

► FESTIVALS IN TUGUEGARAO


Pav-Vurulun Festival Tuguegarao

PAV-VURULUN FESTIVAL
Festival Date: August 8 to 16 every year (Feast of St. Hyacinth)
Activities: Torch Lighting / Boat Race at Pinacanauan River / Music Fest
Pancit Batil Patong Eating Contest / Parade of Bounties / Street Dancing
Trade Fairs / Sports Fest / Parades
PHOTO FROM THE TUGUEGARAO CITY INFORMATION OFFICE

 

 

► WHAT TO BUY IN TUGUEGARAO


Tuguegarao is known for its carabeef meat. They use it on their noodles dishes, their processed meat products, and they even make chicharon out of it. The town of Penablanca on the other hand, has the best honey this side of the Philippines.

Carabao Chicharon Tuguegarao

CARABAO CHICHARON
Where to Buy: Lighthouse Cooperative
Address: Jose Alma Arcade, 39 Luna Street Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-1073
GPS Coordinates: 17.613033, 121.726318
Carabeef Meat Tuguegarao

CARABEEF MEAT PRODUCTS
Where to Buy: Lighthouse Cooperative
Address: Jose Alma Arcade, 39 Luna Street Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-1073
GPS Coordinates: 17.613033, 121.726318
Penablanca Honey Tuguegarao

PURE HONEY PRODUCTS
Where to Buy: Callao Cave
Address: Barangay Magdalo and Quibal, Penablanca, Cagayan
Contact Number:
Ref Magnets and Keychains Souvenir Tuguegarao

TOURIST SOUVENIRS:
Where to Buy: Lighthouse Cooperative
Address: Jose Alma Arcade, 39 Luna Street Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-1073

Where to Buy: Souvenir House
Address: Diversion Road, Near Florida Bus Terminal, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Ybanag Longganisa

Ybanag Longganisa
Where to Buy: Don Domingo Tuguegarao Public Market
Address: Balzain East, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
GPS Coordinates: 17.624975, 121.732926

 

 

► TUGUEGARAO TOURIST SPOTS MAP


Tuguegarao Tourist Spots Map

 

 

► TUGUEGARAO SAMPLE ITINERARY & BUDGET GUIDE


It is possible to cover all the tourist spots—including the famous Callao Caves—in Tuguegarao City in a single day. But if you’re planning to do a leisurely visit of the celebrated caves in Penablanca, you would at least need two full days of touring. Add a few more caves to your list and prepare for a few more days in town. I prepared a one-day and two-day itineraries for such trips below.


DAY 0 | PHP 657.00 PER PERSON BASED ON A GROUP OF FOUR
Depart Manila by night bus
   PHP 647.00 – BUS FARE MANILA TO TUGUEGARAO
   PHP 10.00 – TRICYCLE FARE TO HOTEL


DAY 1 |  PHP 730.00 PER PERSON BASED ON A GROUP OF FOUR
Morning Arrival from Manila
Check in (if early check in is allowed), or leave your bags at the hotel lobby
   PHP 580.00 – CHEAPEST HOTEL IN TUGUEGARAO (GOOD FOR TWO) AS PER AGODA BOOKING SITE
Breakfast at Dim’s Resto
   PHP 70.00 – SILOG BREAKFAST
Explore Tuguegarao City on foot
   - Tuguegarao Cathedral
   - Horno Ruins
   - St. Paul University
   - Cagayan Provincial Museum and Capitol
           PHP 20.00 – TRICYCLE FARE, ROUNDTRIP
Lunch at Jomar’s Panciteria
   PHP 70.00 – SUPER SPECIAL PANCIT BATIL PATONG
Depart for Callao Cave
   PHP 600.00 – CHARTERED TRICYCLE, GOOD FOR FOUR PEOPLE
   - Visit Penablanca’s Callao Cave
           PHP 20.00 – BOAT CROSSING FARE, ROUNDTRIP
           PHP 20.00 – CAVE ENTRANCE FEE

Go back to Tuguegarao City (ask to be dropped at Buntun Bridge)
   - Sunset at Buntun Bridge
Dinner at Jasmine-Jomar’s Pancitery
   PHP 80.00 – SUPER SPECIAL PANCIT BATIL PATONG
   PHP 10.00 – TRICYCLE FARE BACK TO HOTEL

Depart Tuguegarao at night *END OF 1-DAY ITINERARY


DAY 2 | PHP 982.00 PER PERSON BASED ON A GROUP OF FOUR
Breakfast
   PHP 70.00 – SILOG BREAKFAST
Visit Penablanca’s Callao Cave 
   PHP 0.00 – SEE EXPENSES ABOVE
Picnic lunch at Pinacanauan River
   PHP 100.00 – BUY PACKED LUNCH FROM EATERIES
Go boating and swimming on the Pinacanauan River
   PHP 300.00 – BOAT TOUR FEE, ROUNDTRIP, GOOD FOR 15 PERSONS
Sunset at Buntun Bridge
   PHP 0.00 – SEE EXPENSES ABOVE
Dinner at Jasmine-Jomar’s Panciteria
   PHP 80.00 – SUPER SPECIAL PANCIT BATIL PATONG
Depart by bus to Manila * END OF 2-DAY ITINERARY
  PHP 10.00 – TRICYCLE FARE TO HOTEL
   PHP 647.00 – BUS FARE MANILA TO TUGUEGARAO

 

● PHP 2,369.00 ~ TOTAL BUDGET FOR A TWO-DAY TOUR PER PERSON BASED ON A GROUP OF FOUR

 

 

► EXTEND YOUR TUGUEGARAO TRIP


Tuguegarao to Baguio CityBAGUIO CITY
Baguio Travel Blog
Hours Away: Ten hours away by direct bus
Departure Point: Tuguegarao City
Suggested Number of Days: Three to four days
Tuguegarao to Cabanatuan CityCABANATUAN CITY
Cabanatuan Travel Blog
Hours Away: Eight hours away by direct bus
Departure Point: Tuguegarao City
Suggested Number of Days: Two to three days
Tuguegarao to Tarlac
TARLAC
Tarlac Travel Blog
Hours Away: Nine hours away by bus and transfers
Departure Point: Tuguegarao City
Suggested Number of Days: Two to three days
Tuguegarao to Quirino Province
QUIRINO PROVINCE
Quirino Travel Blog
Hours Away: Three hours away by direct bus
Departure Point: Tuguegarao City
Suggested Number of Days: Three to four days
Tuguegarao to Vigan
VIGAN CITY
Vigan Travel Blog
Hours Away: Nine hours by direct bus
Departure Point: Tuguegarao City
Suggested Number of Days: Three to four days

 

 


Tuguegarao Travel Guide  Itinerary Budget
TUGUEGARAO TRAVEL GUIDE AND ITINERARY 
UPDATED AS OF MARCH 27, 2017





Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, March 27, 2017

14 comments:

  1. hi is there a place one can stay overnight nearby the pinacanauan river? thanks!

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    1. I think there is, but they look like homestays

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    2. Well detailed info of Tuguegarao.. By the way.. Our lady of piat in piat, cagayan is quite popular also for pilgrimage... They can also sidetrip to see aparri the tip of northern Philippines ������

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    3. Hi, have you visited Tuguegarao already? No inns to stay beside pinacanauan river that I know. But there's the diamond resort nearby the place, good only if you got your rides as it is not always accessible... But I suggest u stay within the city for accessibility... Csu hostel is so cheap u can avail their dorm type room for as low as 350/pax for an overnight. Am not sure of the rate :.)

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    4. Hi Dean, good info! Thank you so much :)

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  2. the best detailed info.

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  3. Ano ano po mga buslines sa tuguegarao and time ng trips nila papuntang baguio po???

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    1. Hi Joedeah, there's only one bus line that goes straight from Tuguegarao to Baguio. Check the how to get to Tuguegarao section above

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  5. Well detailed info of Tuguegarao.. By the way.. Our lady of piat in piat, cagayan is quite popular also for pilgrimage. Have you visited Tuguegarao already? No inns to stay beside pinacanauan river that I know. But there's the diamond resort nearby the place, good only if you got your rides as it is not always accessible... But I suggest u stay within the city for accessibility.

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    1. Hi Marjorie, yes Piat Church is indeed beautiful! :)

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