Perhaps one of the best travel advice you get can is from a local of your place of destination. Having said that, if you are planning to explore Tuguegarao City, let me help you with my food and travel tips to make your journey a lot more convenient!
Tuguegarao City is the capital of Cagayan and the regional capital of Region 02 other known as Cagayan Valley Region. The best time to visit is from December – May when the weather is dry. For public transportation you may choose tricycles and Kalesa which are widely available in the city. When going out of Tuguegarao, you may ride a van going to different towns of Cagayan. There are designated terminals around the city and you could ask the tricycle drivers to bring you there.
Here are helpful information you need to know:
In Tuguegarao you can choose from affordable Lodging Inns to Standard Hotels to suit your budget.
Aras Inn – It’s near Tuguegarao Airport so you won’t be paying expensive tricycle fare. You can already get an airconditoned room, with cable TV and toilet and bath for Php 500. 00 for 12 hours. You may also choose a non air-conditioned room with cable TV for a cheaper price. It is near Brickstone Mall and Victory Bus Terminal.
Hotel Roma – This is the City’s “5 star” hotel and considered to be the best accommodation in Tuguegarao. It is near the Metropolitan Cathedral, City Mall and the Paseo Real. They offer a standard room to Superior Executive Suites; all rooms are fully air-conditioned, with colored cable TV, Hot and cold water, Free WiFi and accept payments from different major credit card companies. To book a room you may contact them directly at (078) 844-1057 or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more list of accredited hotels in Tuguegaro, visit this page:
There are a lot of restaurants in Tuguegarao but I personally recommend the following:
Adri-Nels Restaurant – This restaurant offers an EAT-ALL-YOU-CAN buffet for only Php. 200.00. You may enjoy 10 varieties of dishes like Beef Caldereta, Pinakbet, Dinuguan, Dinakdakan, and Binagoongan. They also serve fresh fruits and native delicacies for dessert. Aside from that, they also have an Ala Carte menu for those who do not want to avail of the buffet. It is also popular because of its best tasting barbecues!
Cafe’ Michelle at Hotel Roma – It has a very nice ambiance, wide air-conditioned dining area and is perfect for those who are looking for a comfortable place to dine. They almost serve everything from appetizers to main courses, desserts and must-try side orders. I recommend that you try their famous Roma’s Crispy Pata and Seafood Pizza. 🙂 To check the full menu click here
Tuguegarao’s Pansit Batil Patung – It is an unusual sautéed noodle dish served with dark non-soy-based sauce and with two piquant side dishes: a cup of pork broth and a dish of chopped onions, vinegar or calamansi, chili peppers, and soy sauce. The noodles are wheat-based and are served moist and chewy, topped with crushed pork-rind cracklings, and whipped egg from whence the name bati’l patong literally ‘scrambled and placed on top’ is derived.
You haven’t really been in Tuguegarao if you missed an opportunity to taste our famous Pancit Batil Patong. A popular panciteria in Tuguegaro is the Jeff’s Panciteria. The toppings consist of grilled beef, sauteed mongo sprout, and beans. For more lists of restaurants visit this page:
3. Things to do & Places to visit
Callao Caves – The municipality of Penablanca in Cagayan is known for its more than 360 caves. And one of the most visited tourist spot you can visit is the CallaoCaves. This is a seven chambered cave with a chapel in it.
How to get there:
Ride a tricycle and tell the driver to take you to terminal going to Penablanca. It is 2 hours away from Tuguegaro. You will be riding in a tricycle and will be paying around Php 70. 00 each. The driver will take you where you will be riding a boat going to Callao Caves and will be passing through Pinacanauan River. A help desk is also available so you can inquire on what activities to do inside a cave.
The Calvary Hills in Iguig Cagayan – This tourist spot is a favorite pilgrimage site during Holy week. It consists of 11 hectares of rolling hills atop which are found enormous concrete statues portraying the 14 Stations of the Cross.
How to get there:
Ride a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to Don Domingo Van terminal going to Iguig. Travel time is approximately 17 minutes. They will drop you at the Kambals Panciteria and wait for the tricycles going in Calvary hills. You will also find the the ruins of a Dominican abbey and one of the few churches with buttresses left in the Philippines -the Church of San Antonio de Galicia. Take your time to pray and reflect in this very beautiful and peaceful place.
St Claire Monastery – Also known as St. Clare of Assisi and Poor Clare Monastery of the Eucharistic is a place frequently visited by pilgrims from all over the country seeking the intercession of St. Clare for favors they want to obtain from Him. The monks assist the petitioners through their continuous prayer.
When I was still studying in Tuguegarao 6 years ago, this is one of the places that I love to visit. Sadly, I wasn’t able to take pictures back then. But I got to enjoy every minute I spent in this very sacred and solemn place. Click here to visit their page and view more photos.
How to get there:
Go to Don Domingo Terminal and ride a van going to Iguig. Ask the driver to drop you in St Claire Monastery. You will have to walk going to the church as there are no service vehicles available.
4. Where to buy souvenirs
Lighthouse Cooperative – When looking for a place to shop for souvenirs, hit this place located in Luna Street Corner Taft Street. They sell processed meat products, buffalo crackers such as Carabao Chicharon, milk candies, cocoa, peanut brittles, cassava, rice crackers, and many other new processed foods made in Tuguegarao.
5. Entertainment Bar & Night life
Apart from having nice restaurants, TuguegaraoCity also have friendly entertainment bars if you are the type who likes to go out at night. Choose from one of these places to chill out and just ask the tricycle driver to bring you these places.
Dinkoys Videoke Bar – is located near light house. A good place to drink plus videoke.
Kashanikai Kubo Grill – is Located in Balzain. Similar to Dinkoys bar without the videoke.
Levitate – is located at the back of City Mall. This hot spot is a place if you’re looking for a club.
Mins Pit Stop –is located near Tuguegarao’s post office. It looks like a convenient store and a bar.
Culinare – is located near China Bank fronting City Mall. It is a restaurant and a bar at the same time.
Kofun– located infront of old driveline. A bar with live band.
There are so many things that I want to include in my blog post but I don’t want to make this entry very long. I hope that I was able to give a helpful guide you can use when going to Tuguegarao.
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