Here are some of the tourist spots in the Bicol Region.
Despite its tragic past, Cagsawa Ruins continues to invite tourists to visit the place because of its spectacular view of the Mayon Volcano where everyone can see it with their naked eyes. The rich diversity of history, place and the people could be seen through the number of tourists that came over to from different part of the world. There, tourists can buy handicrafts, souvenir shirts and meet hospitable photographers who can direct you for picture-perfect shots.
Standing 156 meter (511 feet) tall, this is another beautiful spot in the Bicol Region. Having Mayon Volcano behind it and the Albay Parks and Wildlife just beside it, and a 360 degree view of the city when on top of it. A new and exciting adventure activity here is the off- road adventure through the Lava valley.
Have you ever imagined a cave with a disco place? Hoyop-hoyopan Cave was said to be developed during the time of the Marcos’s and that the disco floor was built in honour to the First Lady Imelda Marcos. Of the three caves in Camalig, Albay, Hoyop hoyopan is the most popular and accessible for the visitors. The cave is a three-storey cave and one would have to spend 11 hours to be able to completely explore the cave.
There are 2 camps when travelling up to the summit of Mount Mayon. Camp 1 is around 2 hours away and lies at the foot of the slope of the mountain. Camp 2 is situated beside a dry waterfall bed or popularly known as the “gulley” or “water source”, climbers reach this camp site after a four to five hour long trek and climb from the base camp. Camp 2 also offers spectacular view of the city of Legazpi and the ocean.
From Camp 2, there would be a 5 to 7 hours hard trek to reach the crater of Mount Mayon. Trekkers would be passing straight up the gulley towards the summit. This part of the leg is definitely not for the weak as this is best recommended for intermediate or advanced climbers. Upon reaching the summit, you will be rewarded with an unbelievable view of the Legaspi City and the islands beside it.
One of the newest spot in the Legaspi City, the Embarcadero de Legazpi takes pride of its state of the art facilities from its commercial hubs, entertainment centers, and cafe’s and shops, restaurants, bowling alleys, arcades and a whole lot more. The mall offers not just simple shopping and indoor activities but it has also offers extreme sports such as go karting, zip line, rappelling, jet ski and segway PT. The cold breeze from the sea, the lights from the towers of the mall and the undeniably fun activities at Embarcadero is a great stop for tourists.
Bicolano’s are famous for using coconut cream “gata” and chili “sili” in their regular menu. Known for the popular Bicol Express, Bicol also offers a cuisine that is really Bicolano, the Laing or “pinangat” which is made from taro leaves, filled with shredded taro leaves and bits of meat and lots of chillies to taste, and the best tasting “Kinunot” which is made from stingray meat and malunggay leaves. These three Bicol cuisines are cooked and simmered steady in coconut cream and chilies. Famous restaurants include: Sibiu- sibid Restaurant and the Waway’s Restaurant.
Visit Bicol’s one of the best resort ever built and you will definitely have a memorable experience. Misibis is perfectly situated showcasing the views of Nag Aso Lake, the most renowned Mayon Volcano and the Pacific Ocean. This resort also takes pride of its eco-friendly facilities which is inspired mainly by Asian features and influences from the pools, spa, beach, land sports area, water sports area, activity center and a whole lot more.
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