BIODIVERSITY APPRECIATION at Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park
5 days – 4 nights
The Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (NSMNP) is the largest protected area in the country with more than 300,000 hectares of rainforest. Declared number one in biodiversity in the country and also one of the top ten "biodiversity hotspots" in the world. Unknown and unnamed species of flora and fauna are present in the Park. A confirmed habitat of the Philippine Eagle and the Cloud Rat, its coastal areas host whales and dolphins and other cetaceans. Ideal for scuba diving and other water sports; a mountaineering and trekking challenge!
Take Cyclone Plane from Cauayan City Domestic Airport or bus and boat ride from Santiago City; reception with Guides at Palanan Airstrip. Visit the Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Marker. Trek to the Palanan river and explore the town on foot; listen to a lecture and introduction to natural history at the PWDECO souvenir shop.
Enjoy a uniquely unforgetable cruise along Palanan River passing by Dibungco, the first Agta organized community; Culasi mangroves and Palanan Bay; Pacific Ocean view and Northern Sierra Madre Mountain and Dicotcotan, Brgy. San Isidro sheltered from the Pacific Ocean by Palanan Point's barrier reefs for homecook lunch overlooking the sea. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the beach, forest and the mobile leanto's of the Palanan Agta and a refreshing dip at the crystal waters of the sea.
Jungle trek and nature related activities with cultural immersion will be the day's agenda including a trek to Disadsad Waterfalls passing by fishing villages or farming villages. Explore the waterfalls area from top to bottom by climbing the mountain walls or enjoy swimming at its basin.
Trek to the 16 hectare biological plot in Villa Robles. Venture inside the ecosystem and discover the rich biodiversity of Palanan and the dynamics of rainforest ecosystem. A Forester will lecture on the importance of preserving the natural habitats at the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park while exploring the area. Farewell dinner will be served.
Visit the PWDECO for souvenir items before boarding the plane back Cauayan City.
PALANAN WILDERNESS TOUR
4 days – 3 nights
The Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (NSMNP) is the largest protected area in the country with more than 360,000 hectares of rainforest. Declared number one in biodiversity in the country and also one of the top ten biodiversity hotspots in the world. Unknown and unnamed species of flora and fauna are present in the Park. Its coastal areas host whales and dolphins and other cetaceans. Ideal for scuba diving and other water sports; a mountaineering and trekking challenge!
Take a Cyclone Plane from Cauayan City Airport at 7:00 AM. Meet the guides at the Palanan airstrip; walking tour of Palanan Poblacion and have a lunch at homestay Facility. Take tricyle to Culasi and transfer to boat for trip to Dicotcotan Beach Resort. Swimming snorkelling or explore barangay San Isidro and floating lobster farm.
After early breakfast, take a motorized boat for Barangay Dipaguiden and meet resident Dumagats, interaction, swimming and snorkeling. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the forest and natural environs. Back to resort.
After breakfast, take a boat ride to Sabang Beach and trek to Disadsad Water Falls. Swimming at the waterfalls basin, explore the forest, take packed lunch; trek back to Sabang and take a boat to Blue Lagoon, enjoy the river scence. Take tricycle back to Homestay. Supper.
Explore the town proper of Palanan, the Church and Aguinaldo Shrine; visit souvenir shops; lunch at Homestay. Take the afternoon plane trip back to Cauayan City.
Cauayan City boasts of abundant farms ranging from mushroom culture production centers, high value crops, vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants and the mushroom farms in the Cagayan Valley Region. Start the day with a visit to our Lady of the Pillars Church in Cauayan City and be awed by its modern interiors and preserved brick exteriors. Be prepared for a day of sightseeing, food trip and shopping starting at the mushroom center in Barangay Tagaran where mushrooms can be bought from mushroom farms and learn about its scientific production and the various by-products produced from mushrooms. Drive to the “Gulayan ng Bayan”at the Barangay Gagabutan where homeowners have hectares upon hectares of vegetable farms; learn to harvest and pay your own ampalaya, eggplant, patola, okra and other vegetables. Pick and pay your way at the Cortez Fruit Farm for pineapples, mangoes, papaya and bananas and enjoy an al fresco lunch of freshly caught tilapia from Cortez fishpond and eat all you can fresh fruits. Enjoy another outdoor trip in the afternoon at the Dacuycuy Farms where imported ornamental plants and fruit trees abound and bring home aromatic and green dwarf Philippine coconut tree seedlings.
Note: Cauayan City is a commercial center for the Cagayan Valley Region. Accredited hotels and restaurants abound in the area. The farm visits require advance notice from guest. Cauayan Airport is serviced by Cebu Pacific.
Half Day Tour
The tour starts at the Balay na Santiago, a local museum which houses a collection of the ethno-linguistic lifestyle of those who made Santiago City a melting pot of culture that it is today. The Museum is located right at the heart of the city along Miranda Street. Next stop would be the Calvary Hills, and the Church of Transfiguration at Dariok Hills, Barangay Balintokatok where life-size Stations of the Cross are presented starting with the Last Supper from the foot of the hill all the way to the top where the Chapel of Transfiguration stands inviting visitors for a contemplative moment. In Barangay Rizal is the Patupat industry where sugarcane and glutinous rice are grown and cooked into the famous Santiago Patupat – a growing cottage industry. Visitors will be able to watch the process by which the sugarcane is used to produce such delicacy. Generous patrons donate their time and treasure at the Gawad ng Kalinga project in Barangay Bannawag Norte. The Gawad Kalinga project in the city has become a melting pot of culture and a favorite destination of Balikbayans and foreign visitors to the city.
Note: Santiago City is the industrial center of the Cagayan Valley Region. It also serves as the service center for the entire region including the Province of Kalinga, it is being located right at heart of the region. Santiago City is the first independent-component city of Cagayan Valley Region.
Take any Cagayan Valley Region aircon bus from Manila at 7 PM and get down at Cauayan City early morning the following day. Cyclone Planes in Cauayan City take the passengers to Palanan for a 30 minute flight. For independent motorists from Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway and exit at the Sta. Rita Exit. You may park vehicle at the Cyclone parking area. Cebu Pacific, fly to Cauayan City Airport from Manila.
Santiago City buses travel to Disalag, Aurora daily; from Dilasag take a boat to Palanan through the Pacific Ocean.