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Caraballo Mountains

Country
Philippines
State
Manila
City
Luzon
Type of Location
Hill Station
About Location

Caraballo Mountains are mountains in central Luzon inhabited by a community called Ilongot. These are thickly forested mountains close to the upper end of Cagayan Valley ; separating it from the Central Plains of Luzon. Caraballo reaches an elevation of about 5,500 ft or 1,680 m. and joining the Central Cordillera to the north and the Sierra Madre to the east. Drained by the headwaters of the northward flowing Cagayan River, the mountains are heavily forested. Trails and roads did develop through these mountains but they were difficult to cross and many times would be destroyed by rain and mud slides during rainy season. Because these mountains offered no known economic benefits, people were also left isolated from the lowlands. They also serve to discourage travel between central Luzon and Nueva Vizcaya.   



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How to Reach

By Air

Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport is located seven kilometres from the centre of the city and is a modern facility offering daily scheduled flights to and from a large number of Asian, EU and international destinations. The airport has a bus which runs to Metro Manila. There is also a reasonably inexpensive and frequent Metrobus which runs to Metro Manila. Meanwhile, taxis are on hand, as are car hire companies. The airport offers good passenger facilities including ATMs, bureaux de change and information desks.

By Rail

The Philippines have one train line that connects Manila to Legazpi in the Bicol region in the south. However, the train service is slow and can be dangerous. For regional passenger services, PNR designates first-class coaches as ‘de luxe’. These usually have reclining seats that can be swivelled for face-to-face meetings. Tourist coaches are similar to ‘de luxe’ services, but without air-conditioning. Economy coaches have face-to-face seats. Passengers sleep sitting upright.

By Bus

A popular form of transport to and from the provinces, coach transport can be an interesting travel experience. Philtranco operates a service south to Legazpi, Sorosogon, Davao on Mindanao Island and Tacloban on Leyte. Victory Liner (www.victoryliner.com/) operates services north to Baguio, Alaminos, Tuguegarao, Olonaop, Iba and Dagupan. There is no central bus terminal in Manila and bus companies operate their own stations around the city, with both Philtranco and Victory Liner having terminals in Pasay City.

Key places to visit
Abra River, Pakiling Cave, Ikmin Waterfalls, Victory Park


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Places to Visit

Abra River

The river is the biggest, longest and most popular river among the numerous rivers criss-crossing the valleys of the province. It is where all rivers and streams converge together.
In terms of watershed size, the Abra River is the 6th largest river system in the country.  For the unitiated, this revier is safe and ideal place for swimming and fishing.

Pakiling Cave

Pakiling Cave is a great tourist attraction in Manabo, a town known for its forest resources.

Ikmin Waterfalls

A great place for a relaxing stop over at Bucloc, is the Ikmin Waterfalls. Ikmin Waterfalls is a sight for sore eyes, as its pool of waters and lush surrounding is a testament of nature's generosity.

Victory Park

Victory Park on Casamata Hill, close to the center, affords a fine view of the surrounding fields and mountains. The church dates from 1722.

Right Time to Visit

August - September

Temperature

April - May -> 34(°C) - Summer
January - February -> 22(°C) - Spring


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