See the best of Cagayan de Oro aboard a very local and unique vehicle that will take you to the most iconic landmarks of the city in just half a day. If you’re a fan of sightseeing but want to avoid the conventional tour vehicles, then this package deal is just what you’re looking for.
The Motorela, a genuinely Kagay-ayon ride made by Raphael D. Floirendo, Sr., will be picking you up any time of day within the downtown area of Cagayan de Oro. From there, you will make your way to Saint Augustine Cathedral. This historical church was built in 1624 by Fray Agustin San Pedro and continues to stand beautifully after being renovated when it was burned in 1778. Saint Augustine Cathedral is famous for its pristine stained glass which was donated by the New York Sacred Heart chapel. The Cathedral is also known for beautiful paintings, a pipe organ, and a wooden cross that adorns the structure.
After offering a small prayer at the church, hop on to the next location: the Sendong Memorial Wall. Located at Gaston Park, the Sendong Memorial Wall is a symbolic marker to remember the victims of Typhoon Sendong in 2011. Measuring 8ft x 12ft, it contains the names of the victims who passed away during one of the country’s major typhoons.
Near the marker is the City Museum, one of the city’s historical and oldest places. Built in 1922, the City Museum was originally a water tank tower renovated to become a unique attraction in 2008. The water tower has its own story to tell as it withstood the damage of the war. The city government gave this museum an “adaptive reuse of a heritage structure” accreditation.
After immersing yourself in the city’s history, you can chill at Divisoria Plaza. Also known as the ‘Golden Friendship Park’, the park was constructed in the 1900s as a dedication to local and national heroes. Feel free to have a food trip here as you hop from one food stall to the next and relax in the bustling grounds.
You will then make your way to the Museum of Three Cultures, which was founded by Madame Laureana San Pedro Rosales, an educator dedicated to helping others and conserving the culture of Mindanao. The museum serves as a place of discovery as it showcases rare antiques from the Manobo and Higaunon culture, Butuan’s unearthed treasures (jewelry, furniture, wooden crafts, weapons, instruments), Christian artifacts, Lumad arts, and more.
Finally, end the tour at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, a local park where you can also enjoy food trips, relaxing strolls, and various sports activities such as basketball and zumba. Near the area, you can also see the famous MacArthur Marker, a memorial for General Douglas MacArthur who landed in 1942 during World War II. The marker is shaped like a big military cap that mirrors the cap worn by the late General. You will then be dropped at one of the souvenir shops in the area before you return to your accommodation.
Discover why Cagayan de Oro City has been named the “City of Golden Friendships” with this half-day city tour aboard a local trcicyle. Check availability by choosing a date.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs may be limited.