The Callao Caves in Peñablanca, Cagayan, is one of the most popular caves in the Philippines. It is the most sought after tourist destination in the town of Peñablanca. The town is 30 minutes away from Cagayan’s capital, Tuguegarao. Once there, you have to ride a mini boat or a banca in the Mororan River to get to the Callao Caves.
In the year 2007, the Callao Caves became the site of major archaeological finds that proves the existence of human settlers in the Philippines far earlier than what was previously believed. But even before that discovery, the Callao Caves was already famous. It was an object of fascination for those who marveled at its seven chambers.
One of the seven chambers is the one pictured above: the chapel. The other chambers include the praying angel, the skeleton and the column, among others. Each chamber possesses dramatic arches, massive stalagmite and stalactite formations and curious mineral figures illuminated by skylight openings above the cave.
Visitors may experience something of the divine as they take in a sunlit chamber with amazing formations and a veritable altar of holy figures, molded in ancient stone which bears witness to awesome powers of nature and the inevitability of time.