Our great Caraga Adventure began in one of the most historic cities in the country. From Mactan Island in Cebu, the team flew to the city of Butuan for the first leg of the tour.
For this stop, we checked out the Balanghai Hotel Museum, the Butuan National Museum, and the Balangay Shrine. These three spots are a must-visit if you want a better understanding of the history of Butuan (or the whole country for that matter.)
Check out some of my photos of Butuan City.
We were welcomed by DOT Caraga representatives
From the airport, we headed straight to the Balanghai Hotel. The lobby of the Balanghai Hotel doubles as a museum.
Next, we went to Butuan City’s National Museum – one of the best tourist destinations in Butuan City.
The museum is manned by experts in the region’s history and culture.
Various ancient ornaments can be found in the Butuan City Museum. Among them are these precious jewelry and golden body ornamental pieces.
Burial trunks bearing remains of the regions earliest settlers are also on display at the museum.
Here are some skulls found in one of the dig sites in Butuan City.
Butuanon culture on display: a traditional boat (left) and a traditional wine-maker (right.)
The head of Lolong – the (once) biggest crocodile in captivity in the Philippines – before it gets shipped to Manila.
later, we dropped by the market to sample the city’s best local delicacies.
The Balangay Shrine in Libertad is one of the most popular dig sites in Butuan.
Some of the precious artifacts found in the area include these authentic trunk coffins.
The tour guide points to the exact spot where the artifacts were found several years back.
After a whole day of cultural and historical excursion, we enjoyed a very hearty dinner and a sampling of laksoy or nipa wine which is locally available in Butuan City.