From Manila, I took a flight to Tuguegarao via Cebu Pacific. I opted travel by air since the travel by land is 9-10 hours.
The flight from Manila to Tuguegarao, Cagayan was only 45 minutes.
I was able to avail of a promo flight from Cebu Pac and paid only P1,080.
From the airport, I boarded a tricycle and went to the terminal of the van ride to Tabuk, Kalinga. I paid P40.00 for the tricycle ride.
The first trip starts from 6:00 am and ends around 4-5 pm.
I paid P85.00 for the ride to Tabuk. Travel time was 1 hour and half hours.
From a guy who has traveled in Benguet, Mountain Province and Ifugao, I was surprised to see that Kalinga has many barren and desolate lands compared to the three provinces that I mentioned whose scenery is just breathtaking.
The primary reason why I decided to go to this province is to experience white river rafting at Chico River.
|from Chico River Quest, Inc.|
I've experienced river rafting in Davao, Cagayan De Oro and Quirino. And only Chico River, remains to be explored.
But I was given only one day to do this adventure and I was told that the adventure starts early in the morning and I arrived in Tabuk past 1 pm.
So much for my plan to do white river rafting at Chico River. See http://www.chicoriverquest.com/
And so I ended up going only to the St. William Cathedral Church, the Provincial Hall of Kalinga and the nearby park.
I stayed only in Tabuk for two hours before I decided to go back to Tuguegarao. From Tuguegarao, the plan was to go to Abra.
Beforehand, I also planned to go to Kabugao, Apayao. But I was told that there was only one trip scheduled early in the morning to Kabugao and the travel time is more or less 3 hours using a van. And so there goes my plan to Kabugao. I planned to go to Kabugao and then crossed it going to Abra.
Well, I was not able to do river rafting at Chico River neither go to Kabugao. But still the experience of going to Tabuk, Kalinga is one treasure I would cherish.
Around 3 pm, I went back to Tuguegarao.
I paid P85.00 again for the van ride. And went back to Tuguegarao with a smile. I told myself, " I will return.. I will do river rafting at Chico River."