Ilagan City, Isabela: Santa Victoria Caves & Pinzal Falls at Ilagan Sanctuary
|Santa Victoria Caves in Ilagan Sanctuary, Ilagan City, Isabela|
Part of the 819-hectare Fuyot Springs National Park bordering the town of Tumauini, Ilagan Sanctuary is a protected area located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Brgy. Santa Victoria, Ilagan City, Isabela. Among the natural attractions are Santa Victoria Caves, river-hiking to Pinzal Falls and viewing endemic and exotic animals at the mini-zoo like Philippine deer, Philippine crocodiles and Bengal tigers. This area is included in the buffer zone of the Palanan Wilderness Area or Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. The nature park also has swimming pools, ATV rides, and a 350-meter long zipline.
|A monitor lizard at the mini-zoo of Ilagan Sanctuary|
|River-trek to the cascading waters of Pinzal Falls|
While there more than 12 limestone caves that comprise the Santa Victoria Caves, only three are open to visitors: Main Cave, Altar Cave and Adventure Cave. The walk-through caverns are very easy to explore. They are known for their unusual rock formations and sparkling rocks. Believed to have been occupied by the nomadic Agta or Dumagat people in the past, they are also of archaeological significance.
|An indigo-banded kingfisher – found only in the Philippines!|