CALLAO

CALLAO CAVE is one of the province’s most popular caves and is only a half hour drive from Cagayan’s capital Tuguegarao City. It was named after the Kallaw bird, once very common in this area. The cave is located above the Pinacanauan River. A stair leads up 187 steps on the mountainside to the cave entrance. A series of seven chambers may be visited.

FIRST
The first huge chamber is called the Aviary Room, having many openings that let in daylight and several species of birds that live here. The site of archaeological excavations right at the entrance is fenced off. Archaeologists from the University of the Philippines found Neolithic tools and human remains.

SECOND
The main attraction of the cave is the second chamber called Divine Room. It was transformed into a church, because it is spacious and has an opening allowing the sunlight to enter the huge chamber. According to some locals,  it is possible to have a wedding in this church, but only if the groom carries the bride all the way up the 187 steps.

THIRD
The following chamber has no opening and is thus dark; logically it is called Dark Room. From here good torches would seem appropriate.

FOURTH
The Cream Room was named after a large formation that looks like three scoops of ice cream.

FIFTH
The Jungle Area, named after several animal-shaped rock formations.

SIXTH
The sixth room has a passage branching off halfway up the ceiling. It is accessible on spelunking tours, but the participants enter the passage on the far end on the other side of the mountain.

SEVENTH
The final chamber is called Sun Room, because early in the morning, between 8 and 10, sunrays shine through an opening in the wall. Later the angle changes and the sun does not directly hit the cave any more.

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