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Backpaking Albay: Itinerary and Budget


It’s September again my birthday month, I promised myself to visit our country’s wonderful places as a birthday gift to myself. This month my hubby and I pack our things for a shoestring travel to Albay and Sorsogon.

This is a 3 Nights/4 Days DIY Itinerary, and budget is around PHP4000 per pax.
Again as I said before, the key to meet your budget and to maximize your time in order to visit all the places on your plan trip is to research everything – from the shortest route going to your destination to the cheapest foodies you can find and to the best deal you can get. Read, read.. read, travel bloggers love to share their experience and thoughts. Hiring a travel agency is a thing in the past, planning your own trip is exciting and you will learn a lot from it.

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ITINERARY

Day 1 (Sep 5) Albay Tour
0510 – ETD Flight from Manila
0645 – Touchdown Legazpi Airport
From the Airport walk through the exit gate and hire a tricycle going to the city center (Php30)
0730 – Check in at F2M Tower (Php 1,200/Night)
0830 – Start of Albay tour

Going to Ligñon Hill: If coming from Legazpi City, take a Loop 1 jeepney (fare is Php10)

0930 – Lignon Hill Jumpoff
1015 – Lignon Hill summit (Entrance Php10, Japanese Tunnel:Php20)

Getting to Cagsawa Ruins from Lignon Hill:

From the entrance of Lignon Hill, take a jeepney bound for Binitayan. Check the jeepney placards or ask the driver before boarding. Ask the jeepney driver to drop you off at the Elementary School.

From Binitayan, take another jeepney going to Cagsawa (fare is Php8). Just inform the driver to drop you off on the corner going to Cagsawa Ruins. Be on the look out for Oas or Polangui on the signboard. To be sure, ask before boarding the jeepney. When you see the big wheel with the Cagsawa Ruins sign, hail a tricycle or walk going to the actual site

1130 – Cagsawa Ruins(Entrance Php10)

Going to Daraga Church: Take a Legazpi–Daraga jeepney and tell the driver you’re going to Daraga Church (fare is Php10). From the main road it’s a short uphill walk to the church.

1230 – Daraga Church
1315 – back at Legazpi walkaround (check Museum)
1930 – walk to Embarcaderos or other malls
2000 – Arrive at Embarcaderos, eat dinner
2130 – Back at Inn/Hotel

Day 2 (Sep 6) Sorsogon Tour
0500 – Wake up, prepare, eat breakfast
0600 – walk to Legazpi Grand Terminal
0630 – ETA Legazpi Grand Terminal, ride bus with Bulan signboard (fare is Php 180).
0700 – ETD from terminal going to Sorsogon
0930 – Reach the crossing of Bulan and Matnog, descend bus and catch a jeep (fare is Php 50) or hire a tricycle (Php 200) heading Matnog
1015 – ETA Matnog
1100 – Eat lunch, buy supplies, Register at Matnog Tourism office
1200 – Start island hopping

Boat – Php 1,600 (day tour)
Registration Fee – Php 70
Environmental Fee – Php 20

1240 – ETA Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary
1330 – Subic Beach/Calintaan Cave
1430 – Tikling Island
1600 – Back to the port, cleanup
1700 – Catch a bus at Matnog Port heading back to Daraga (You can wait for the bus from Samar gong to Manila or ride a van) van fare is Php250
2100 – ETA Daraga, ride a jeep to Legazpi
2245 – Back at Inn/Hotel

Day 3 (Sep 7) Camalig Tour
0600 – Wake up, prepare, eat breakfast
0700 – Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave (Entrance fee is P300 per group of 6)

How to get there :
From Legazpi proper, ride a jeepney with route Legazpi – Camalig, legazpi – Guinobatan, Legazpi – Ligao or any jeepney with route to 3rd district cost Php20

Then head to Camalig Market. From here, you may ride a jeepney bound for Barangay Cotmon and tell the driver to drop you off at the entrance of Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave (fare is Php15) or you can hire a tricycle for Php100

0900 – Quitinday Hills (Entrance P20.00)

From Camalig proper, ask a tricycle driver or a habal-habal to bring you in Quitinday hills cost Php100.00 – Php125.00/head or Php500 for the whole tricycle or depending on your haggling skill.

*Brgy Cotmon locals are so hospitable if you are lucky like us, you will be offered a free ride going back to the town proper. Then from there we hired a tricycle to Quintinday Hills.

1200 – Back at Camalig proper, Lunch
1300 – Rolling tour of ancestral houses
1500 – Travel back at Legazpi City

Day 4 (Sep 8) Shopping

A good haggling skill will be your key to get the best product with the cheapest price. We’ve been scouting Legazpi’s Public Market and found Ate Levina’s shop (ACIRFA HANDICRAFT). Her shop location is near the kainans or carenderia in the innermost of the market.

0600 – Wake up, prepare, eat breakfast
0700 – Halfday tour at public market and mall
1100 – Hotel Check out
1200 – Airport

RECOMMENDED RESTO/EATS

Waway’s Restaurant
Address: Peñaranda Extension, Bonot, Legazpi City
Contact Number: (052) 480-8415
Open Hours: Lunch and Dinnertime
Buffet Price: (Php250 includes unli drink)

Chachi’s Kitchen Restaurant
8 Tandang Sora Street. Legazpi near Church and Albay Pili Nut
Butter Chicken (Php95)
Beef Masala (Php95)
Pav bhaji (Php65)
Mango Lassi (Php250)

Let’s Pinangat
Brgy 2 National Highway Camalig
Pinangat (Php45)

BIGGS Diner
Ground Floor, Pacific Mall, Legazpi City
Korean Spareribs and Kimchi (Php180)

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