Exploring Bicol by Land: Day 2

I started this day feeling pissed upon knowing that the room that’s good for four people has breakfast that’s only good for two. How is that even possible? Rather than ruin my day over Pinehurst Suite’s poor service, I just asked Mang Ramil (the same trike driver we hired for our Legazpi City tour) to go to a fast food drive-thru so I can get some breakfast and eat it on-the-go.

From Legazpi, it’s a 30-minute ride to Bgy. Cotmon in Camalig, Albay for our first stop: Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave. It got its name from the word hoyop, which  means blow, because as soon as you get inside the cave, you will the feel soft winds blowing. If I remember it right, this cave has three floors but people are not allowed to go as far up because the openings are not as wide.

You can find interestingly-shaped rock formations, remains of people who once inhabited the cave hundreds of years ago.

You can find interestingly-shaped rock formations, remains of people who once inhabited the cave hundreds of years ago inside Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave.

Tip:

  • photo 2You are not allowed to go inside without a tour guide; for groups of 1-6 people, you will pay P300 for the tourist guide fee and P10 each for the entrance fee. So it really is cheaper if there’s more of you in a group.
  • You can buy raw crystals after your tour; I got mine for P50. I just thought it’s cute. 🙂

Not far from this cave is Calabidongan Cave or the Bat Cave. If you’re intent on exploring this cave, waterproof your gadgets and bring extra clothes as you will get really wet. Since we took the trike tour, the tourist guide suggested we leave our stuff behind; that’s when we hesitated. If we had a cab tour, it would be easy to just leave it lock it in. So, we let this one go.

Next destination: Kawa-Kawa Hill in Ligao. It’s almost an hour trike ride from Camalig to Ligao that it kind of lulls you to sleep.

Kawa-Kawa Hill

Kawa-Kawa Hill is also known as the hill without a hilltop; it looked like its hilltop has been scooped out making it seem like a giant cauldron.

It feels like we did our Lenten sacrifice several months too late. But the view at the top is well worth the sweat and achy legs.

It feels like we did our Lenten sacrifice several months too late. But the view at the top is well worth the sweat and achy legs.

The summer sun is making us feel its presence and it’s very much visible in the sweat patches on our backs. But on our way down the hill, it started to drizzle but it stopped in about five minutes. After we have caught our breaths, we headed back to our trike to go to our next stop.

Busay Falls in Malilipot is about an hour from Ligao. This time, I offered to be the trike backrider. That was a first! And it was fun. 🙂

Busay Falls has a total of 14 falls. This is the first as this one is at the base.

Busay Falls has a total of 14 falls. This is the first as this one is at the base.

We went as far as up the second falls but decided to stop there. The trail is kind of slippery since it drizzled earlier. See the interesting shape  of this falls?

We went as far as up the second falls but decided to stop there. The trail is kind of slippery since it drizzled earlier. See the interesting shape of this falls?

Instead of taking a lunch break, we decided to finish our trike tour before grabbing one and Mang Ramil suggested we head to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine.

As we traverse the road back to Legazpi, I chanced upon this little town and I thought it was hilarious. Imagine this sign: Hindi Elementary School, Hindi Police Station… hahaha 😀

Eh kung Barangay Hindi ito... anong barangay to? Hindi. Eh ano nga?! :D

Eh kung Barangay Hindi ito… anong barangay to? Hindi. Eh ano nga?! 😀

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As though all the hiking we did previously is not enough, we trekked again to the little chapel on top of Buraguis Hill, overlooking the city of Legazpi. Life-size stations of the cross are displayed as you make your way to the top.

The view from the little chapel on top of Buraguis Hill. The nice thing about Legazpi, Mt. Mayon is visible from almost everywhere and yet, one can't seem to get enough of it.

The view from the little chapel on top of Buraguis Hill. The nice thing about Legazpi, Mt. Mayon is visible from almost everywhere and yet, one can’t seem to get enough of it.

Tips:

These places are set very far apart from each other and you will save a lot of time if you’ll hire a trike for the day. Or a cab if you want to feel more relaxed. So if you want an honest trike/cab driver, either you ask the place where you’re staying to negotiate for you or ask Mang Cesar, the sili shaker we met at the Cagsawa Ruins.

Trike tour: P1200/3 = P400/pax (do give a tip, ok? 😉 )

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