Nueva Vizcaya or Lalawigan ng Nueva Vizcaya in Tagalog is a province in the Philippines located in the Cagayan Valley Region in the island of Luzon. Nueva Vizcaya is heralded as the Citrus Capital of the Philippines because of its famous citrus products and amazing tourist spots that everyone should see at least once. The province is also popular among outdoors enthusiast because there are three mountains that can be found in the province, Cordillera, Sierra Madre and Caraballo. There are a lot of things to do and places of interest to see in the province. Can’t decide if you’re going there? Then let us convince you with this list of place that you may find interesting in Nueva Vizcaya.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Dalton Pass by bigberto
Also known as the Dalton Pass, this place is one of the historic places in the province. This pass connects Nueva Viscaya and Nueva Ecija. There was a battle that occurred during WW2 in this place. The combined forces of American and Filipino soldiers fought the retreating Japanese army in this pass, resulting in the surrendering of the Japanese. The local government has erected a shrine and markers giving respects to the soldiers that died in the battle. This is a great place to visit to pay respect to our history.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Church of San Vicente Ferrer by ElviraTankiamco
The Church of San Vicente Ferrer is located in Dupax Del Sur and it is situated in a well preserved complex. The church was built under the Dominicans during the second half of the 18th century. The church was also declared as a National Cultural Treasure because of its architectural beauty due to its four storey bell tower and the use of red bricks in the church. This church is popular among photographers and it’s place is also surrounded by beautiful acacia trees that dates back in the 1880.
Imugan Falls measures at 35 feet and has cool water that cascades down into a shallow pool that leads to the Imugan River. This place is located up in the Caraballo Mountain Range and is just 30 minutes away from the National Highway. Yes you need to trek to get to the falls but when you finally get there it will all be worth it.
Capisaan Cave System is one of the longest cave system that can be found in the country. This 4.2 kilometer cave is full of awe and beauty. It has rare rocks and minerals and varying and interesting rock and columns formation that will leave anyone speechless. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the province and considered as a geologists paradise. The caves are made out of 8 interconnected caves.
Mount Ugo also known as Mount Ugu is one of the best destination in the province because of its fantastic scenery and lovely pine forests. The mountain stands 2,150 meters above sea levels. Mount Ugo is very popular to trekkers and hikers alike.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Saint Dominic Cathedral by RamonFVelasquez
Saint Dominic Cathedral was built around the 17th century and it is now a living testament of how beautiful our church architecture is. The church was also burned twice and was rebuilt in the same spot with just minor fixing so the old architecture is still intact. This is a wonderful place to see just to enjoy the architecture or just worship.
This 2-storey museum is considered as one of the most important cultural properties of the Philippines because it houses items such as traditional hand-woven clothes, jars and relevant artifacts used by the indigenous tribes which are very important to the history and heritage of the province. A very interesting place to visit if you are interested in learning more about the province’s and some of the country’s history and culture.
If you want to just chill and relax then this place is just right for you. Lower Magat Eco-Tourism Park is a 1120 hectare eco-park that is situated at the lower part of the Magat River. The place has a lot of things to offer to its guests like swimming in the pool, boating in the lake, fishing, and seeing other animals in the animal zone. Best if you bring your family with you.