Well-known as “The seven-chamber show cave” and the best natural tourist attraction of the Cagayan province
, the Callao Cave is one of the limestone caves situated in the western foothills of the Northern Sierra Madre Mountains within the Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape of the Philippines.
The cave is made up of nine chambers but two other chambers were closed down due to an earthquake in the 90’s, leaving the traveler with seven chambers to explore the cave’s natural beauty: the Column, Chapel, Skeleton, Elephant’s Head, Praying Angel, Rocket, Lion’s Head and Dog’s Head Formations. All chambers have natural crevices, which allow the light to get into the cave, serving as enlightenment of the dark areas of the place.
The cave is also known for being famous at two things; first being the Chapel, once an empty area until the locals turned the dramatic scenery into a chapel, now the main attraction of the entire cave and featured in many tourism ads and postcards. The second attraction being the Skeleton chamber, where a new species of human living between 50,000 and 67,000 years ago; Homo luzonensis or better known as “Callao Man”, was discovered in the cave in 2019. In addition, it is said that the new species is 20,000 years older than the Tabon man.
Lastly, it is worth noting that the Callao Cave is always open to experienced spelunkers or caving enthusiasts and guided visits. This will be a memorable experience for children, teens and adults alike! for not only you get to trek on one of the Philippines’ most magnificent caves but also peek on history that our evolving ancestors lived on before.