Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tanay: Calinawan Cave

Ever since I discovered spelunking as one of the coolest activities in Sagada I have done, I wanted to check out on all caves. I did not know there was one near our place.

CALINAWAN CAVE.
I will be very heavy on photos and less information. Why?
Because I had a bad experience here.
The 200 pesos we paid for our guide was just a waste which I will tell later on . . . so I can put some text in this post :)

To get to the cave.
From Manila, go to Starmall EDSA Terminal and you'll see vans and jeepneys bound to Tanay. After an estimated time of 1 hour and 30 minutes, you'll reach the Tanay Terminal.
Go to the sign that says Rawang or Calinawan Cave.

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We took the tricycle which cost us 25 pesos each (as of Oct 2014) You can rent the whole trike for 150 or go with the other passengers.



Nice road until you are near to the place.
Half is done and the rest, who knows when it'll be done.






Near the entrance you'll see this. At least, I gathered some information and this cost me nothing.






When we arrived, this guide was about to do an orientation to a big group.
We were advised to join the group which took us by surprise. We were hoping for our own guide but she was the only guide available.



We were behind the pack because we were just joiners.


This was the start of the tour.


Rock formation.
What do you see?
I liked it because it's all natural light in here.

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Since it was a big group, we couldn't hear the guide who was way in front.
We just explored what our eyes could see.



There was one part where we had to go up and it was slippery.
Not everyone went up.



This is where we went up. Notice, no slippers on. He he he
It was a lot easier without it.



Behind the pack.






There were parts that you have to bend over.





I wanted to go up here but I was pissed that they kept rushing us.
They would wait for everyone to regroup and since we were the tail, by the time we got there, the information shared was done and they were leaving. Not giving us enough time to have our photos taken.

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From the little information I heard was that Calinawan Cave is known for movies being shot here. What movies? We don't know because information was so far from us.

Here you'll see paints from what the entertainment industry did this to the cave.


You'll see combinations of fake and real crystals here.


This was my favorite part. I enjoyed it because of the natural light.

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The exit was different from the entrance.



Was I happy? No. I was pissed. There should have been a ratio per guide. I did not like it that we paid for the same guide and did not get the same service. We were always rushed. Not because we were slow, but we were at the end of the pack. We did not get much information. I did not get the chance to enjoy the cave. Right after our exploration, I made sure I was heard by Tanay Tourism.



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