That’s right! In up north Peñablanca in Cagayan Province, you can kayak downstream in its Pinacanuan River. Depending on the time of year, the rapids provide an adrenalin rush interspersed with calmer water where one can enjoy the beautiful landscape, scenery and occasionally spot kingfishers or herons along the way.
On a hot day, the clear, blue water invites a dip to cool while picnicking by the riverbank. Relaxed or charged, this river surely captivates the heart.
While you’re there, why not visit Callao and Sierra caves? The first cave requires an easy trek on a big-domed cave with skylights. A 206-step flight of stairs will lead you to a little chapel with pews and an altar. Sierra, on the other hand, is a recreational cave with an array of well-preserved and very delicate speleothems (stalactites and stalagmites).
Be sure to stay and watch the phenomenal circadian bats leave their nesting place in droves to look for food just before the sun sets. These are fruit bats so not to worry as they only eat fruits. 😀
If you find your way to this part of the world and would like to try this out, you may contact Anton Carag of AEPI.
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*Edited 02/14/10: The AEPI website is no longer available… you may contact Anton Carag at +63(917) 532-7480.