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Nueva Vizcaya takes pride in their intricate churches, jaw-dropping cave systems, and breathtaking bodies of water. Give this province a try, and you’ll surely come back for more!
Nueva Vizcaya is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with it being blessed by being surrounded by the Cordillera Mountain, Caraballo Mountains, and Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges. Get a breath of fresh air away from the city and try cool, new activities at an up-and-coming tourist destination in the North. Though the province lacks the white-sand beaches one might expect on a quick getaway, they surely make it up with their exciting mountain trails and exquisite caves.
There is a lone airport in the province, the Bagabag Airport at the town of Bagabag. Unfortunately, there are currently no flights here yet because of the “presence of an obstruction (antenna tower) at the Approach of Rwy 09.” However, if you really want to get to the province by plane, you could book a flight at any major airlines to Clark, Pampanga, and take a bus to Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya.
Many bus companies such as 5 Star Bus and Victory Liner provide daily trips from the metro to Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. The former's trips from Sampaloc range from P359-P412, while the latter's prices depend on the branch where you're coming from. They have five different branches in the city: Pasay, Cubao, Monumento (Caloocan), Sampaloc (Earnshaw) and Kamias, so make sure to visit their website first for price and schedule updates.
Travel like a local and go around the city using public transportation. Tricycle and jeepney rides have a minimum fare of ten pesos, so always keep in mind to bring your change with you for an easier tour. You could also rent a van if you’re traveling with a big group for comfort and convenience.
Fascinated with stalactite and stalagmite formations? Then the Capisaan Cave System should be the first place to your to-go-to list. The fifth-longest cave system in the country (it is 4.2 kilometers long!) also features calcite formations and subterranean river, and can be trekked for about four hours.
There are also tons of other attractions to choose from. Drop by the People Museum's Library to educate yourself about the heritage of Nueva Vizcaya's indigenous groups or head to Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Capitol to witness the beauty of the “Luneta of the North.” Also remember to visit the Church of San Vicente Ferrer. This National Cultural Treasure is such a relaxing place to visit. Be impressed by its four-storey bell tower, the surrounding age-old acacia trees, and its impressive red bricks.
Sink your teeth into the exhilarating world of mountain hiking! With mountains Pulag, Pullol, and Ugu just right around the corner, now could be the time to try your luck with adrenaline-inducing activities like trekking, camping, or hiking. Get your heart rate up and make the most out of your journey! You would forget the exhaustion once you’re at the top, anyway.
Oh, did you know that Nueva Vizcaya is also known as the Citrus Capital of the Philippines? The province is a major producer of citrus crops in the country, mainly: pomelo, ponkan, and oranges. For pasalubong, you could head for a night-shopping spree at the Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal in Bambang, where you could buy wholesale fruits at a much cheaper price.
This province is not only about citrus fruits, as they take pride in outstanding food shops and restaurants. Feel at home at Mrs. Baker's Restaurant and Pastry Shop. This foodie haven offers a variety of Filipino and international cuisines, and once you've tried their Bagnet and Pepper Fish with Grilled Vegetables, you'll definitely come back for more!
However, if you're up for a more casual dinner and a boodle fight, why don't you head up to Kaboodle Grill at Solano? Don't get intimated by the restaurant setting, you could always eat with your bare hands. Choose from their list of boodle variant sets (Pork Madness, Chicken Lovers, Seafood Overload, and Kebaboodle) and attack!
All Day Exotic Resto Bar is the perfect place for just eating and hanging out. Make sure to partner up that cold beer with their exotic dishes like Abal-Abal (salagubang beetle) for an adventurous night.
The reliable Nueva Vizcayan Hotel 24/7 Inn and Resort in Bayombong-Solano boundary is the perfect place to stay in. It is accessible, cost-efficient at P700/night, and shows good value for money. They even have a swimming pool that is free for everyone from 7am to 10pm.
Also recommended is the Victorian-style Highlander Hotel. Be welcomed by their friendly and helpful staff, accommodating owner and tons of paintings on the halls and you'll surely forget your exhaustion from the trip.
If going hiking, make sure to bring your own necessities, like sunblock, extra shirts, food, water and first-aid kit.
You could save more money if you buy wholesale. Try purchasing citrus fruits wholesale for pasalubong and just split the bill with your friends.
If you’re traveling on a budget, there are rolling stores around the city where you could buy your snacks. It’s much cheaper and more authentic!