Here is your complete DIY travel guide to the tourist spots in Quirino province of Cagayan region.
Quirino certainly captures the possibility of ecotourism, owing to its numerous untapped natural wonders. From dense forests, stunning waterfalls, mystic lakes to scenic caves and healing hot springs, Quirino could make it as a top destination for nature lovers and adventurers.
Here is a detailed guide to help you plan your itinerary to the tourist spots in Quirino.
Quirino Province Tourist Spots
1. Pusuac Spring Park
Pusuac Spring Park features a mystic bubbling hot water measuring about a hectare. Secondary growth forests and an anshen of rock formations surround the site. It takes 15 minutes of ride to get here from the town proper. Locals love coming here to enjoy its entrancing spring water and to hold picnic or fishing. This is one of the recognized ecological tourist spots in Quirino province.
- Location/Jump-off: Barangay Rizal, Diffun
2. Manuela Falls
Manuela Falls got its name from the wife of the former governor Mariano J. Pimentel. It carved an enchanting lagoon with crystal-clear and icy-cold waters. Forests and plantations surround the falls. Different wildlife species such as mammals and birds also abound. It takes 20 minutes of ride to get here from the town proper.
- Location/Jump-off: Brgy Gabriela, Diffun
3. Battumbaket Falls
Battumbaket falls has a majestic height of 200 feet cascading on a beautiful lagoon. It is one of the tributaries of the Ganano River. Visiting the falls will lead you intro pristine rainforests that thrives with rich flora and fauna. This is one of the remotest tourist spots in Quirino province.
- Location/Jump-off: Brgy Don Mariano Perez, Diffun
- Trekking Time: 1 hour
4. Susong Dalaga
Susong Dalaga is a mountain which resembles the shape of a breast, thus, given the name. From the mountain, one could have a panoramic view of the surrounding fields and the mighty Ganano River. Locals love coming here for picknicking and sightseeing. It is ten minutes of ride from the town center.
- Location/Jump-off: Brgy Rizal, Diffun
5. Liwayway Caves
Liwayway Caves consist of 15 caves in all. If you enter one of these, you’ll discover stunning limestone rock formations. The secondary forests surrounding the caves are also an added attraction. Bats dwell in some of the caves and you’ll also find an underground river. It takes 20 minutes of ride from the town center to get here. It is among the protected tourist spots in Quirino province.
- Location/Jump-off: Brgy Liwayway, Diffun
6. Eden Hotspring
Located near the river, Eden Hotspring offers a healing and relieving bath. It is still underdeveloped though due to lack of local interventions and improvements. According to officials, the hot spring connects with another hot spring located at the waterbed of the river.
- Location/Jump-off: Brgy Dibibi, Cabarroguis
7. Tucod Waterfalls
Tucod waterfall is a multi-layered cascade with a naturally-built catchbasin. The cool and inviting waters make it a favorite picnic and swimming site of the locals.
- Location/Jump-off: Cabarroguis
8. St. Lourdes Calvary
St. Lourdes Calvary reflects the people’s communcal struggle and expression of faith. It features the station of the cross. It is one of the recognized religious tourist spots in Quirino.
9. Aglipay Caves and Campsite
Aglipay Cave contains around 37 chambers but only eight have been developed for tourism. Dense forests surround the caves. Inside these, you’ll find spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations including stunning columns.
- Location/Jump-off: Brgy Villa Venture, Aglipay
10. Pensal Falls
- Location/Jump-off: San Benigno, Aglipay
11. Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls has five layers of beautiful cascades sliding from the rocky face of a mountain. Secondary forests give added beauty to the waterfalls. It’s a perfect place for those wanting to experience tranquility. The falls also carved blue lagoons where visitors can take a plunge.
- Location/Jump-off: San Leonardo, Aglipay
12. Addalam River Ecology Park
Addalam River is one of the important ecological tourist spots in Quirino, being the lifeblood of several communities. It serves as a source of irrigation water to vast lowland farms, supporting the livelihood of thousands. The river emanates from both primary and secondary rainforest on the uplands. It is a favorite picnic and swimming site among the locals.
- Location/Jump-off: Aglipay
14. Governor’s Rapids and Caves
These are found along a stretch of the mighty Cagayan River, the longest and largest river in the Philippines. Gigantic limestone rock formations enhance the beauty of these rapids. This part of the river is also a recognized site for adventure kayaking, rafting, and boating.
- Location/Jump-off: Maddela
15. Nagtipunan River
Nagtipunan River is the primary headwater of the mighty Cagayan River. It has been conferred the Hall of Fame Awardee of the Cleanest Inland Bodies of Water. The river emanates from pristine dipterocarp and mossy forests which are now threatened by logging and commercial agriculture. The river also thrives with marine species sustaining the protein needs of local communities. Swimming, picnic, and whitewater rafting are potential activies here.
- Location/Jump-off: Nagtipunan
16. Mactol Falls
Mactol falls is one of the most pristine tourist spots in Quirino. It is one of the many ecotourism spots that are spared from the impacts of mass tourism. It measures more than 50 meters high and cascades like drizzles from the heavens. It carved a very deep pool with inviting waters coming from the dense forests. These forests thrive with flora and fauna species, many of which are endangered.
- Location/Jump-off: Nagtipunan
- Trekking Time: 10-15 minutes
17. Dagkan Lake
Daglan Lake is an elliptical-shaped lake located on the ridge of a scenic mountain. Boating, swimming, and sightseeing are potential activities here. From its banks, expect amazement as you gaze its pristine beauty mirroring the blue sky. Aquatic fish species thrive here. It is a perfect getaway for those wanting nature immersion.
- Location/Jump-off: Nagtipunan
18. Skeleton Cave
This cave is one of the recognized cultural tourist spots in Quirino. If you’re familiar with the burial caves in Sagada, that is similarly what you’ll find here. It served as the burial site of the Agta and Ilongot indigenous groups.
- Location/Jump-off: Sitio Sinabagan, Landingan
19. Tayguido Falls
Tayguido falls features three cascades off the face of a mountain thriving with flora and fauna species. It is one of the remotest tourist spots in Quirino, thus, it is recommended for extreme hikers and adventurers. The trail may be challenging but the sight of the falls gives instant relief.
20. Gawagan Caves
Want to gaze on Philippine bats? Gawagan Cave offers that. It is a sanctuary of endangered bats, thus, the local authorities also ensure the cave’s proper management. The bats residing on these caves help in sustainaing the surrounding forests as they help maintain a balanced ecosystem.
21. Apang Cave
Apang Cave is not only known for its beautiful rock formations but also for its historical value. During the late 1940s, the cave served as a hideout of Luis Taruc who founded the Hukbong Mapagpalaya ng Bayan (HMB). Apang Cave features three distinct chambers fronting the Cagayan River.
22. Landingan View Point
Landingan View Point is one of the newest tourist spots in Quirino province. Here, catch a stunning view of the verdant mountains and blooming flowers. It’s best to come here during sunrise.
- Location/Jump-off: Landingan
For your Information:
If you need more information that may help set up your itinerary to the tourist spots in Quirino province, do contact the following:
- Facebook Page: Quirino Province Tourism
- Messenger: m.me/QuirinoProvince
- Email: email@example.com
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