Whether you are a solo traveler or traveling with a companion, Bukidnon is a perfect side-trip when in Cagayan de Oro. If you are looking for astonishing landscapes and mountain ridges, the province of Bukidnon is waiting for you! Continue reading this Bukidnon DIY Itinerary travel guide and let’s plan your trip to the highland paradise in Mindanao!
It only takes about 2 hours in the bus and poof! A rolling grassland plateau marvels in front of you with a compliment of a refreshing cool atmosphere. Ahhh, Bukidnon! A perfect place for retirement.
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About Bukidnon Province
The landlocked province of Bukidnon is popularly known as the Fruit and Vegetable Basket of Mindanao. Moreover, the name came from the word “bukid” which meant farm and land. The name of the province doesn’t only refer to the place but it also refers to its people.
Traveling to Bukidnon gives you that Tagaytay or Baguio feeling, only it is better. The view of the mountain ridges from outside the window of your bus, deep forests, farmlands, cloud-capped mountains and cascading rivers and waterfalls will definitely capture every nature-lover’s hearts.
How to Get There?
Take note that there is no operational airport open for public transportation in Bukidnon. The closest airport will be Laguindingan Airport (CGY) in Cagayan de Oro. Which is why CDO is a famous gateway to the province of Bukidnon.
Step 1: Book a direct flight from MNL to CGY with the airline of your choice (Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, etc)
Step 2: From CGY airport, ride a van outside the airport going to Agora Bus Terminal. Van fare costs Php200-300.00 and travel time is about an hour. Important note: the airport in CGY is an hour away from the main city.
Step 3: From Agora Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound to Bukidnon.
Where to Stay in Bukidnon?
We stayed at Rotypeaks Ridge Camp when we came here last August 2022. The place is also a famous destination and tourists go here because it is really Instagram-worty! Which is why we decided to spend the night here because it is a tourist spot and a tourist destination at the same time. I spent Php1,500.00 for an A-frame Kubo good for 2 for an overnight stay.
For rates, read more about my stay here: Rotypeaks Ridge Camp in Bukidnon
2 Days & 1 Night Bukidnon Itinerary an Budget
This Bukidnon DIY itinerary and budget is assuming that you are traveling with a companion for 2 days and 1 night in Bukidnon from CDO.
Day 1: CDO – Bukidnon
Read separate articles here:
- How to Go to Impasug-ong Communal Ranch?
- Rotypeaks Ridge Camp in Bukidnon: Instagrammable Place to Stay
6AM Ride a bus from Agora terminal to Impasug-ong Tourism Office in Bukidnon (Php145.00/pax bus fare)
7:45am Pay the entrance fee at the Tourism Office for Communal Ranch (Php20.00/pax entrance fee)
8:00am Ride a habal-habal to Communal Ranch (Php250.00/pax/roundtrip)
9:00am ETA Communal Ranch, horseback riding, photo-ops
11:00am ETD to Rotypeaks Ridge Camp from Communal Ranch (Php250.00/pax/way)
1:00pm Check in at Rotypeaks Ridge Camp, rest and lunch (Php1,500.00/night/2pax)
3:00pm Explore the place
9:00pm Dinner & Lights off
Important Contact for habal-habal: Kuya Deedee at 0967 6703 172 or ask an assistance from the Tourism Office to help you find a habal-habal driver. Furthermore, note that habal-habal fare is depending on your negotiation. The fare I provided above is based on my negotiated fare with Kuya Deedee.
Day 2: Dahilayan Adventure Park
6:00am Watch sunrise and view of Paminahawa Ridge, breakfast
8:00am Habal-habal back to Impasug-ong Tourism Office (Php250.00/pax/way)
9:00am Ride a bus to Manolo, Bukidnon (Php120.00/pax)
10:00am From Manolo bus terminal, ride a habal-habal to Dahilayan Adventure Park (Php200.00/pax/way)
11:00am ETA Dahilayan Adventure Park
3:00pm Habal-habal Dahilayan Adventure Park back to Manolo bus terminal (Php200.00/pax/way)
4:00pm Manolo bus terminal to Agora terminal in CDO (Php180.00/pax)
5:00pm Back in CDO
Important Tips From Joan’s Footprints
- Bukidnon is a mountainous province, the weather could get hot ang cold in a day. It is the coldest in the afternoon after it rains. Make sure to bring your jackets and hoodies, it is really cold at camp!
- It is usually raining in the afternoon, make sure to bring umbrellas and ponchos!
- The Communal Ranch is best in the morning. So be an early riser!
- If you are traveling on a budget, it is always best to eat at local karenderyas or buying a take-out food.
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