Exploring Bicol by Land: Day 1

So we arrived at the terminal before 6AM and a well-meaning cab driver offered to take us where we can take the jeep to our condotel. Of course in the process tried to sell us his tour services; but we had to decline because P3000 is just too steep.

I can’t remember the jeep we took but I think it’s Daraga-bound. The thing with Bicolanos, they are so nice! The driver even took time to check our map then told us that he’s indeed passing by that area. Even the passengers were so nice; without a trace of irritation that it took a few minutes before the jeep got moving on again.

It was a short trip from the terminal to the condotel and your landmark will be the De Vera Institute. From this landmark, Pinehurst Suites will be on your right. It’s almost unnoticeable so be on the lookout.

After taking our much needed bath, we headed out for our first real meal. At last.

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We opted for Bigg’s Diner because Small Talk Cafe was still closed then. It’s setting is like Johnny Rocket’s minus the sky-rocketing prices. Their resto at Old Albay, Legazpi City is like a 1950s American burger joint and so photo-op worthy. 🙂

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After the much needed breakfast, we walked from Bigg’s to the Cathedral of St. Gregory for our usual church-hopping. The heat was a little intense so we decided to hop off to our next destination: Cagsawa Ruins.

Tip:

From the cathedral, cross the street and ride the jeep bound for Camalig, Guinobatan or Polangui. These will all drop you off at the Cagsawa Junction. From there, you can opt to ride the trike or hike all the way up. Since the sun was fiery, trike it was. 

Cagsawa Ruins is a tourist magnet so brace yourself. Notice how Mayon Volcano managed to cover herself in the clouds. According to the locals, she is very shy and shows herself only to virgins. See Day 0 post. 'Nuff said.

Cagsawa Ruins is a tourist magnet so brace yourself. Notice how Mayon Volcano managed to cover herself in the clouds. According to the locals, she is very shy and shows herself only to virgins. Either that folklore is true or you can actually fool it with your looks. See Day 0 post. ‘Nuff said. 😀

It's the shake with a kick. Choose your flavor then Mang Cesar will add in chili essence. It's sweet then pulls a punch as it goes down your throat. Worth trying! Mang Cesar's not only a shaker, he got us a trusty trike driver to take us to our next destination.

It’s the shake with a kick. Choose your flavor then Mang Cesar will add in chili. It’s sweet then pulls a punch as it goes down your throat. Worth trying!
Mang Cesar’s not only a shaker, he got us a trusty trike driver to take us to our next destination.

So we rented the trike that Mang Cesar recommended. First stop: Daraga Church.

So we rented the trike that Mang Cesar recommended. First stop: Daraga Church.

The lime coating of the church is meant to preserve the church that has withstood destructive elements for more than 200 years.

The lime coating of the church is meant to preserve the church that has withstood destructive elements for more than 200 years. As usual, Mayon Volcano is hiding behind the clouds again.

Next stop: Lignon Hill. It's a tiring, steep climb from the base but it sure was worth it. Amazing view from the top! If Mang Ramil is right, the huge expanse of blue is Misibis Bay :)

Next stop: Lignon Hill. It’s a tiring, steep climb from the base but it sure was worth it. Amazing view from the top! If our trike driver, Mang Ramil is right, the huge expanse of blue is Misibis Bay. 🙂

After we have caught our breaths, next stop was Legazpi Port. I told you, Legazpi people are so lucky because this gorgeous gift of nature is visible almost everywhere.

After we have caught our breaths, next stop was Legazpi Port. I told you, the locals are so lucky to see this gorgeous gift of nature from almost anywhere.

By this time (around 4PM), we finally gave in to the calling of our tummies and we asked Mang Ramil to take us back to our place so we can freshen up before we have our lunch/dinner at Smalll Talk Café.

Reasonable price. Good portions. Nice ambiance.   This places gets pretty packed so try going here off peak hours.

Reasonable price. Good portions. Nice ambiance. This places gets pretty packed so try going here off peak hours.

We capped the night off at the quaint La Mia Tazza, which is right across Small Talk Cafe.

We capped the night off at the quaint La Mia Tazza along Old Albay Street, right across Small Talk Cafe. Do try their Pili Tazzino. It has generous bits of pili so it’s like coffee with a crunch!

Tips:

While it is so much cheaper to commute around Legazpi via jeep, we took Mang Cesar’s advise to hire a trike instead because we don’t have the luxury of time. And he’s right; the tourist places are set far apart and we would’ve lost precious time waiting for a ride before heading to the next.

  • Jeep fare from condo to Old Albay Street (Bigg’s): P8.00
  • Jeep fare from Old Albay to Cagsawa: P8.00
  • Trike from Cagsawa Junction to the ruins: P20 (I think)
  • Hired trike: P250 + P50 tip: P300 (100/pax)
  • Lunch/dinner/coffee: P250+
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12 responses to “Exploring Bicol by Land: Day 1

  1. da

    Hi,

    Were u able to get d number of mang Tamil?

    • Hello, sorry na-corrupt yung phone ko recently; lost most of my contacts. 😦

      • da

        =( punta kc kami and we’re planning to just do DIY trip, found your blog and thought of just following your itinerary..accessible nmn ba ung pinehurst suites? mlpit ba ung biggs dun?

        • Pinehurst is very accessible kasi nadadaanan siya ng jeep. It’s a jeep away from Bigg’s and Small Talk Cafe. 🙂

          Except for its location and security, I won’t recommend Pinehurst. There must be better accommodations out there. Try tripadvisor.com or femalenetwork.com/girltalk …. there should be helpful info there. 😉

          Ganito na lang when you go to Cagsawa Ruins, buy some sili shake from Mang Cesar’s stall and ask him to recommend you a good trike driver. We just chatted with him and he ended up getting us a trusty trike driver. 😉

  2. da

    Thanks so much you and this blog of yours is really helpful. For the albay tour (day two) — the rate of 1,200 plus the tip is good for how many hours? You travelled this 2013 right? Just making sure that the rate that I will get is close..=)

    • Yep, we went there end of May this year. Our Day 2 trip started around 830AM and finished almost 4PM already.

      Sulit din but do take note, super layo ung places from each other at matagtag ang biyahe pero ok na din kasi nakatulong ka din.

      I’m glad you found this helpful. When do you plan on going? Sana yung hindi maulan so you can really enjoy the sights. 🙂 .

  3. Hi! Would you happen to have contact numbers of the tricycle driver you hired for your stay? Thanks!

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