Once used as a camp by Japanese Occupational Forces during World War II, these astonishing Callao caves are located about 20 to 30 minutes ride from Tuguegarao City. One of the most popular tourist attraction in Cagayan Valley, it is situated within the Peñablanca Protected Landscape in Cagayan. These caves have seven chambers which offer visitors a good view of the massive limestone and other rock formations that run through a great length of the Pinacanauan River.
The stalactites and stalagmites in the deeper chambers will also leave every tourist in awe. Lighting won’t be a big deal when visiting the caves as the supposed dark areas are illuminated by the light passing through the natural crevices found in every chamber. A very significant accentuation among the seven chambers is the presence of a stone altar illuminated by natural skylight, producing an eerie catacomb-like atmosphere. Also a treat is the spectacle of red-billed kalaw birds and daily charge of bats at dusk when millions pour out of the Bat’s Cave.
Then take a tour inside this pristine cave called the Jackpot Cave. Situated at Sitio Tumallo, Barangay Quibal, Peñablanca, this cave is the second deepest cave in the Philippines, next to the trio of Sumaging-Latipan-Lumiang crystal caves. With an impressive depth of 115 meters, you can encounter walking size passages, shafts and drops of varying depths that can provide wide varieties of rope work. Meandering streams and pools of different sizes can be found inside the cave that you can play in.
The trio of Sumaging-Latipan-Lumiang crystal caves is 163 meters deep. Before you reach this wonderful piece of nature, you can first quench your thirst for hiking adventures with a 560-meter trek to the base of the mountain before challenging a climb with an elevation of 100 meters. There are two cave openings leading you to both the eastern part and west side of the cave. But most visitors take the west entrance because they can culminate their caving experience with a view of Pagbilao town proper.