Itching for adventure? The CDO-Camiguin-Bukidnon route is as adventurous as it gets. (Images: Ian Hermoso, @iamluckboi, and Dahilayan Adventure Park)
Here’s one backpacking route you can try this coming 2018: the Cagayan de Oro-Camiguin-Bukidnon route. If you’re a fan of taking roads that are less traveled, these provinces are often under the radar of tourists, which makes them all the more exciting.
First stop: Cagayan de Oro
For this trip, you can begin your journey in Cagayan De Oro or CDO. For thrill-seekers, CDO is the home of the Whitewater Rafting Adventure where you get tossed by giant waves of surging waters from the Cagayan de Oro River. For nature lovers, you can also try the Mapawa Nature Park
where they offer horseback riding and mountain biking activities to name a few.
Second stop: Camiguin Island
From CDO, you can then transfer to the beautiful island of Camiguin. Just go to Agora Market Terminal and hail a bus or van going to Balingoan Port. From the port, you can ride the ferry boats going to Benoni Port in Camiguin. Travel time will take around two hours.
Some of the places to see in Camiguin include the Sunken Cementery
in Catarman, the White Island
or Medan Island
and the Katibawasan Falls
Last stop: Bukidnon
After a day or two in Camiguin, you can head back to CDO and go straight to Bukidnon. From Agora Market Terminal in CDO, you can ride vans or buses going to Bukidnon with a travel time of around an hour and a half. Your drop-off will be at Manolo Fortich and you can start your adventure there.
For those who are looking for an adrenaline rush, Dahilayan Adventure Park
is known for their dual zip line, 120-foot freefall ride, and skytower base jumping activities. Bukidnon is also the home of Del Monte’s Pineapple Plantation
where you can buy different kinds of pineapple products and inspect the American-styled houses where the previous owners of Del Monte used to live.
From this list, you can mix and match your adventure and stay as long or as short as you want from one place to another. The beauty of backpacking is you can freely move and change your itinerary whenever you feel like it. Now book that flight and go travel to your heart’s content!
Are you ready to make 2018 your year of travel? Let us know in the comments section which of these routes you are going to try next year.