La Union: Surfing + Pugo Adventure Camp

With nothing to do one weekend last August, I saw a post in CS FB page from Plan B Adventure Madness about their Baguio-La Union Road Trip and decided to join. It was only the day before when we asked for details and confirmed just few hours before the trip. Lucky enough we were able to secure 2 slots.

After the success of our Baguio Day Trip and Chasing Waterfalls Trip here in La Union, we celebrated it with a bang! We had drinks, we ate, we sang, we played cards and we had never ending socials. More time for us to get to know each other. I can’t even remember what time we slept. 🙂

They don't look excited at all

They don’t look excited at all

The next morning, everyone was excited to finally surf. Yes! My first time to surf! I went to Baler few weeks before this event but failed to surf and this time I made sure to do it. 🙂 So after breakfast, we packed all our bags then went to the beach.

I think I did okay as a first timer. Haha!

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After surfing, we went to Thunderbird Resorts La Union  for a quick glimpse and photo opportunity. Before getting in, your driver must leave an ID. They have residences, casino and different amenities one can enjoy.

Thunderbird Resorts

Thunderbirds Resort

Thunderbird Resorts

Plan B Adventure at Thunderbird Resorts

Thunderbird Resorts

Thunderbird Resorts

Okay it  was time for us to leave and head straight to Pugo Adventure Camp. It took us less than 2 hours to reach the camp using Google Maps and the direction given was pretty accurate. This place is perfect for family, friends and team building activies. They offer different outdoor activities such as Zip Line, Rappelling, Wall Climbing, Paint Ball, ATV, Water Tubing and Target Shooting.  They also have swimming pools for kids and adults. They also a mini zoo inside and cottages to accommodate small and big groups. Enjoy the pics!

PUGAD Pugo Adventure Camp Map

Registration Area

Cottages Along the River

Starting Point of the Highest Zipline

Wall Climbing Facility

View from the Top

Socials at the Pool

Too little time with so much things to do. I will definitely go back here with friends. It was 5PM when we checked out and packed all our things. This is one of the coolest road trip we had with random people. Everyone managed to get along with each other very well.

Time to Go

This was part of my Baguio-La Union Trip last August 24-26, 2013.

La Union: Chasing Waterfalls

With nothing to do one weekend last August, I saw a post in CS FB page from Plan B Adventure Madness about their Baguio-La Union Road Trip and decided to join. It was only the day before when we asked for details and confirmed just few hours before the trip. Lucky enough we were able to secure 2 slots.

After the success of our Baguio Day Trip, we went straight to a small town somewhere in La Union which took us around 3 hours where we spent the night sleeping in our tents. Another opportunity for a social gathering before calling it a day.

The next morning, almost everyone managed to wake up early except for one. I think he was too drunk. Haha.

After a light breakfast, we went to Luna Ruins on the beach of Barangay Victoria. The old Spanish watch tower is locally named as Baluarte. It was intended to guard the shores of the town primarily from muslim and pirate attacks during the Spanish period. Right now it stands in ruin due to stone quarrying at the beach and efforts by the locals have been put in place by adding cement block support to avoid further destruction of the watchtower.

Our next stop was Occalong Falls in Brgy Cabalitucan Luna La Union. Once you reach downtown Luna take a tricycle ride going to barangay Occalong until the nearest area to the falls then walk some few meters to the falls. I am not quite sure but I think there is a minimal fee here. You can also have picnic here as tables and chairs are readily available. It’s best to go here during rainy season and the water is very refreshing. At the top it works like a mini jacuzzi just be careful as it gets slippery at times.

After a refreshing swim, we had lunch and quick siesta. We then went straight to another falls in San Gabriel La Union known as Tangadan Falls. Going here is a bit of a challenge due to the steep road and perilous curves but its all worth it. Upon reaching Brgy Amontoc we thought we’re almost there. The view of the mountains from here is magnificent. We decided to walk somewhere around Sitio Kilat because the roads were very slippery. It appears that the road gets rarely passed by. It took us an hour or so. You’ll also see mini falls along the way. It’s a very steep road so one must take extra precautions. Once you reach the end of the road, just follow the trail to get to the falls. Couple of houses are around so better ask if not sure or if you don’t have a guide. You are drawing near once you get to the cemented path and stairs leading to the falls. It was tiring but worth the effort. Amazing!!! The water flow was overpowering. It was a great sight.

After spending few minutes in the area, we decided to head back before nightfall. We didn’t have any flashlight so walked double time. We also saw a rare sight of the sunset on our way back. Wow! We reached the sitio proper at around 7pm I think and arrived back in our campsite at around 8pm.

Sunset at Brgy Amontoc

Sunset at Brgy Amontoc

See the next leg of our trip here by clicking this LINK.

This was part of my Baguio-La Union Trip last August 24-26, 2013.

Cagayan Trip: Visit to Our Lady of Piat & Exploring Callao Cave

After the memorable experience in Palaui Island and seeing the majestic beauty of Nangaramoan Beach, we arrived back in Tuguegarao after more than 3 hours of travel. We were picked up at the van terminal and went back to Brgy Bagay to freshen up a bit.

Around half past 10, we’re back on the road. We went to Central Terminal along Buntuan Highway to catch a van going to Piat. It was an hour ride. Note: It’s an ordinary van, No airconditioning. Fare Cost: 60 Pesos.

Since most vans just stop at the terminal, you need to walk to get to Our Lady of Piat. It can easily be recognised by a marker along the road. Turn left going up to get to the basilica. If you go straight you’ll reach the local market.

For more than 400 years the pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Piat has been a significant event in the lives of devotees of the people in the Cagayan Valley.

Feeling hungry and tired, we decided to look for a place where we could eat Pancit Cabagan. Instead of walking, we took a tricycle going to the market area because it was too hot. We went to Carmela’s Panciteria. You won’t get lost on your way here because most people know this place. Simply ask for directions or ask where to get Pancit Cabagan.

It was a delicious treat! Not bad if you imagine us travelling all the way here just to try an authentic Pancit Cabagan. You’ll get a Super Special Pancit Cabagan for just 50 pesos. Yummy!

With no time to waste after lunch, we immediately went to the van terminal to catch a ride going back to Tuguegarao.

This time it took us less than an hour to get back to Central Terminal.

Just before 3PM we rode a tricycle going to Callao Cave. Callao is pronounced as “Kalaw”. It is a cave with seven chambers located on the Province of Cagayan. It is one of the best known tourist attractions of the province. It is located in Barangays Magdalo and Quibal, Peñablanca, near Tuguegarao City, the capital city of the Province of Cagayan. It has a natural cathedral located at the first chamber, which was turned into a chapel by the local people.

Turn Right to get to Callao Cave.

Once you arrive in the place, you have to few along this road to get to the registration area.

There’s a 20 pesos charge to get in.

It takes 184 Steps to get to the Cave Entrance.

Finally Inside Callao Cave.

After Caving and before heading back home, we decide to treat ourselves with a yummy HaloHalo.

It was almost sundown so we decided to get closer to Cagayan River and witness yet another beautiful sunset.

An hour after leaving Callao, we’re back in Tuguegarao. Before going back to Brgy Bagay, we stopped at the nearest Alcala Carabao’s Milk Candy.

Back in Brgy Bagay, we washed up and packed all our stuff and went straight to Florida Bus Terminal. Luckily there were few bus still offering seats for 3. Only to realise we’re 4. Haha. Since seats available are only at the back, we took it. Lex who joined us in the trip decided to squeeze in but not all the way to Manila. He was able to book a flight from Cauayan to Manila. I didn’t even notice him leaving. Haha. It was a quick bus ride. We reached manila around 5 in the morning.

 

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