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Tuguegarao Travel Guide Itinerary Trip

Tuguegarao is a component 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. Its main claim to fame is the record temperature it set for the Philippines at 42.2 °C.

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 northern 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 in the country.


HOW TO GET TO TUGUEGARAO

The hurdle of conquering the numbing 12-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.


Traveling to Tuguegarao via Metro ManilaVIA METRO MANILA

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 12-hour one-way trip. As always, please call the numbers provided for an updated bus schedule.

Baliwag Transit Cubao | (02) 912-3361 | Fare Php600.00+/-
Dalin Liner Manila | (02) 722-7999 | Fare Php600.00+/-
Deltra Bus Transit Manila | (02) 740 7102 | Fare Php600.00+/-
GV Florida BusManila | (02) 781-5894 | Fare Php600.00+/- | Sleeper Php1,000+/-
Victory Liner – Kamias, Pasay, Manila, Caloocan | (02) 727-4688 | Fare Php600.00+/-

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


Traveling to Tuguegarao via Baguio CityVIA BAGUIO CITY
As of this writing, I know of only one bus company that plies that Baguio to Tuguegarao City route. The trip takes about 10 hours via the Dangwa Tranco bus line (074) 442 2449.

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


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 set at Php10.00, with fares for farther places depending on location. 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

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. So you either rent a van / tricycle or commute, which can take 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 Ibanags 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°36'49.1"N 121°43'39.0"E
PHOTO FROM AGODA

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°36'40.8"N 121°43'45.0"E

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°37'35.3"N 121°43'47.7"E
PHOTO FROM AGODA

Hotel Joselina Tuguegarao

HOTEL JOSELINA
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Address: Maharlika Highway, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (0917) 553-7930
GPS Coordinates: 17°37'50.6"N 121°44'24.1"E
PHOTO FROM AGODA

Hotel Lorita Tuguegarao

HOTEL LORITA
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Address: 67 Rizal Street, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-1390
GPS Coordinates: 17°36'52.0"N 121°43'47.7"E
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°36'47.5"N 121°43'43.1"E
PHOTO BY BLISSFULGURO

Ivory Hotel and Suites Tuguegarao

IVORY HOTEL AND SUITES
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Address: Buntun Highway, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-1275
GPS Coordinates: 17°36'48.4"N 121°42'14.3"E
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°37'59.5"N 121°42'54.4"E


Mango Suites Tuguegarao

MANGO SUITES
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Address: 1 Rizal St. corner Balzain Road, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 304-0123
GPS Coordinates: 17°37'04.4"N 121°43'41.2"E
PHOTO FROM AGODA

Pensione Joselina Tuguegarao

PENSIONE JOSELINA
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Address: 52 Aguinaldo St. Centro 6, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 844-7368 | (0906) 930-1313
GPS Coordinates: 17°36'47.0"N 121°43'46.1"E


Taj Hotel Tuguegarao

TAJ HOTEL
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Address: 7B Taft St., Centro 8, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number: (078) 304-1385
GPS Coordinates: 17°37'01.6"N 121°43'35.3"E
PHOTO FROM AGODA


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 crushed pork, liver, veggies, poached egg and eaten with a side dish of garnished garlic and egg-drop soup. There are numerous panciterias 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°36'41.4"N 121°43'41.7"E


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°36'44.5"N 121°43'44.6"E


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°36'46.4"N 121°43'34.4"E


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°36'47.7"N 121°43'46.1"E


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°36'49.4"N 121°41'34.1"E


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°36'47.0"N 121°43'46.1"E


Night Hawkers Tuguegarao

NIGHT HAWKERS PANCIT BATIL PATONG 
Type: Noodle Stand
Address: In front E-Plus Technology Enterprises, Bonifacio Street, Centro,
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Contact Number:
GPS Coordinates: 17°36'47.7"N 121°43'46.1"E


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 (can you say 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°36'50.9"N 121°41'16.4"E



Cagayan Museum Tuguegarao

CAGAYAN PROVINCIAL MUSEUM
Address: Cagayan Provincial Capitol Grounds, Enrile Ave.,  Tuguegarao City
Entrance Fee: None
Contact Number: (078) 846-7337
GPS Coordinates: 17°38'52.3"N 121°45'34.6"E
PHOTO BY YVETTE TAN

Horno Ruins Tuguegarao

HORNO RUINS
Address: Blumentritt street, Brgy. Bagumbayan, Centro 9, Tuguegarao City
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates: 17°36'26.7"N 121°43'44.8"E
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°36'59.8"N 121°43'30.6"E
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°37'01.4"N 121°43'26.1"E
PHOTO BY MARLON PATRICK


Tuguegarao Cathedral

TUGUEGARAO CATHEDRAL
Address: Rizal Street, Centro 8, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates: 17°36'47.9"N 121°43'49.7"E





Callao Cave Penablanca

CALLAO CAVE 
Address: Barangay Magdalo and Quibal, Penablanca, Cagayan
Entrance Fee: Php20.00
Guide Fee:
GPS Coordinates: 17°42'24.6"N 121°49'08.9"E


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°42'16.4"N 121°49'02.1"E


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



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



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


TUGUEGARAO TOURIST SPOTS MAP

Tuguegarao Tourist Spots Map 

 

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

Tuguegarao to Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY TRAVEL GUIDE
Hours Away: About 10 hours away by bus
Suggested Number of Days: 3 to 4 days




Tuguegarao to Quirino Province

QUIRINO PROVINCE TRAVEL GUIDE
Hours Away: About 3 hours away by bus
Suggested Number of Days: 3 to 4 days






TUGUEGARAO SAMPLE ITINERARY

It is possible to cover all the tourist spots (including Callao Caves) in Tuguegarao City in a single day, but if you’re planning to do a leisurely visit of the celebrated Callao 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.


D A Y  0
Depart Manila at night  BUS ROUTE OPTION

D A Y  1

Depart Manila in the morning  PLANE RIDE OPTION
Morning Arrival from Manila
Breakfast at Dim’s Resto (tapsilog, longsilog)
Explore Tuguegarao City
   - Tuguegarao Cathedral
   - Horno Ruins
   - St. Paul University
   - Cagayan Provincial Museum and Capitol
Lunch at Jomar’s Panciteria
   - Visit Penablanca’s Callao Cave
   - Sunset at Buntun Bridge
Dinner at Jasmine-Jomar’s Pancitery
Depart Tuguegarao at night END OF 1-DAY ITINERARY


D A Y  2
Breakfast
Visit Penablanca’s Callao Cave
Picnic lunch at Pinacanauan River
Go boating and swimming on the Pinacanauan River
Sunset at Buntun Bridge
Dinner at Jasmine-Jomar’s Pancitery END OF 2-DAY ITINERARY


Tuguegarao Travel Guide & Itinerary
TUGUEGARAO TRAVEL GUIDE AND ITINERARY 
UPDATED AS OF JUNE 3, 2015

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, April 27, 2015

9 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, 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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    5. 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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  2. the best detailed info.

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