Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Mt.pico de loro

Dudes and Geoff

training climb before major climb
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Explore Cagayan de Oro, Paradise Philippines

Misamis was derived from the word "kuyamis", a local variety of sweet coconut. First people who resided in the province were the Bukidnons and Manobos. Centuries later, they were driven into the interior when the Visayans arrived.

Primarily, Misamis Oriental is part of Cebu. It was in 1818 when the province was divided into 4: Partido de Misamis, Partido de Dapitan, Partido de Cagayan and Partido de Catarman.

A simple life best describe the lifestyle of the Kagayanons. Majority of them are involved in farming and fishing. Their main crops include coconut, corn, coffee and bananas. A smaller version of the rice terraces can be found in the small town of Claveria, known to be the Salas Bowl of Northern Mindanao.

Cagayan de Oro is the center trade of Northern Mindanao, were many ethnic products are sold in the city. Muslim crafts like earring, bracelets, rings are sold in stalls located in the Cogon Market.

Misamis Oriental celebrates the feast of the city’s patron, Saint Augustine, every 28th of August. A carnival-like parade of colorful costumes, magnificent floats and a variety of sounds and colors highlighted the Kagayhaan Festival.

Cagayan de Oro, capital of Misamis, is a haven of ecotourist attractions: Acuna Beach, Bulakena Beach, Baloy Beach, Bonbon Beach, White Beach, Raagas, Chali Beach, Golden Friendship Park, Gaston, McArthur Park, and Dauw Cagayan Park.

A Canopy Walk has been built in a lush virgin rainforest in Claveria, enabling tourist to commune with nature and enjoy the fascinating birdlife and butterflies. Sagpulon Springs and San Isidro are an excursioner's delight. One of the many fine dive spots The Sapong Cold Spring and Agutayan Reef are just a few diving spots within the area. Whale watching can also be done in the surrounding waters of the province.

Philippine Airlines has a daily flight going to Cagayan de Oro City. If you want to travel by land, a bus from Philtranco travels from Manila to Misamis Oriental.

Initao Cave Unusual species of bats with cauliflower-like noses can be found in this cave. This is the only region in the country where you can find these animals and perhaps unique in the whole world, are found here.

Shell Museum – This is the best place for shell lovers and those who appreciate the sea. The museum is located at A. Velez St., City Library Building.

Macahambus Cave This is one of the tunnels leading to a point overlooking Cagayan River. About 30-50 meters further is a 130 ft. gorge. It is actually a "miniparadise" of ferns, wild trees and gigantic rocks.

Libon - Lawit Waterfalls This tourist spot has 3 waterfalls connected by the same stream, intervals at 100 and 80 meters. Truly one of nature’s wonders.

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village – This is located at Sitio Malasag, Cugman, 20 mins. from the center of the city. It is a cultural village in botanical setting, which serves as learning center for eco-tourism. The village has souvenir shops, features cozy cottages, swimming pool, a mini-garden, a native restaurant, a butterfly garden and a multipurpose hall that showcases the tribal practices and crafts of Mindanao tribes.

Getting to Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro is considered as the gateway to Northern Mindanao. With its strategic location, it can easily be reached by any mode of transportation (be it by air, by water, or by land).

Cagayan de Oro is just 810 air kilometers away from Manila (Capital of the Philippines). By plane it is just one hour and twenty minutes away (1:20mins), approximately 30 hours by ship, and 40 hours by bus (travel through ferry boats).

Cagayan de Oro is just a 30-minute plane ride from Cebu; a 9-hour ride by ship.

Please contact your local travel agent for the fees, frequency, and schedule of these modes of transportation.

Getting around Cagayan de Oro

Arriving at the Cagayan de Oro Airport (Lumbia), you can spot numerous air conditioned taxicabs in queue. Taxis have open routes and can pretty much get you anywhere in the city and beyond. Flag down rates for taxis apply around the city. However, taxicabs that have lined up in the airport generally ask for Php 200.00-250.00 (around US$ 5.00) to get you to the heart of the city (downtown) or to the nearest hotel accommodation. If you are planning to go out of town (and you have not booked any car rental service), just talk and negotiate with the cab driver of your choice and he’ll gladly take you to your destination.

In the city proper, there are several modes of transportation. The most popular means of traveling from one spot to another are the jeepneys (which come in flashing colors equipped with sounds). Jeepneys have been the staple ride of the Filipinos since the early 20th century. Fares of the jeepney rides range from Php 6.50 to Php 20.00, depending on the distance between your starting place and destination.

However, aside from the national highways, Cagayan de Oro also has little streets that are already out of the normal route of jeepneys. This is where the tricycles come in. These are motorcycles that have been transformed into another lucrative mode of transportation by being put on with uniquely designed bodies in order to accommodate more passengers. FYI, each province in the Philippines has their own unique form of tricycles. So if you’re a curious traveler who wants to experience being a “local” for a while (and you don’t mind giving up the luxury of air conditioned taxis), then riding a tricycle may just be a good idea.

Cagayan de Oro is connected by two separate bridges. Marcos Bridge links the Kauswagan highway and CM Recto Avenue. The bridge serves a vital role for the continuity of the National Highway. On the other hand, Ysalina Bridge joins Carmen and Divisoria. Traffic can really build up in these areas during rush hours. And for the alternative commuters, they have the choice to take the River Taxi ride to get them across the other side.

Buses have no internal routes for the city itself. Nonetheless, buses are commonly used in going out of town, and the starting point of these vehicles are conveniently located at the Agora Bus Terminal and Westbound (Bulua) Bus terminal.

Car rental service is widely available in the city. You’ll have a wide range of cars to choose from (economy cars, premium cars, compact cars, luxury cars, minivans, SUV’s and a whole more). Contact your local travel agent to book ahead or you can always make reservations in the internet.

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