3.2 kilometers away from the city of Maasin is a hidden gem. A more then hundred or even thousand of steps are being experienced just to reach the top. It is also one of the main tourist attraction in Maasin City which is the capital city of Southern Leyte. It is being visited mostly by devotees or any Mother Mary believers.
Traveling to Monte Cueva for the first time? This detailed and curated travel guide will make it easy for you to navigate your way inside, save money, and maximize your time.
HOW TO GET TO MONTE CUEVA
✓ By Van. From Ormoc City Terminal to Maasin City.
✓ By Bus or By Private Car.
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Pre- Travel Tips
When is the Best Time to Visit Monte Cueva?
The best months to visit Monte Cueva is on September and April.
✓ Google Map App – A life-saver for me because without it, I might get lost.
✓ Google Translate – Super powerful app. Translate anything.
✓ Sunscreen – Protect yourself from sunburn or much worse – Cancer.
✓ Pocket Wifi or Sim Card – The convenient of searching anything is a go-to. Please don’t forget this baby. It is a life-saver for me though.
✓ Water Bottle – Bring some if you can. Be hydrated.
✓ Sunglasses – Protect your eyes.
✓ Extra shirt – Sweat is real. Be sure to bring some.
✓ Towel – Bring some.
Before you can reach the cave with a chapel inside, you get to choose between that picture above. On the left side is the first stairs you can see when reaching Monte Cueva. On the right side is the second stairs you can see when reaching Monte Cueva. There are different pros and cons to deal. But for me, in going to the cave I will do the second stairs, which is in fact the hard one, because it has different statues for stations of the cross. You also get to rest a little while doing the stations of the cross. On the way down, I will do the first stairs because it is easier and will make you feel a little bit relaxed in going home. Hitting two birds in one stone.
Monte Cueva is also called “Our Lady of Assumption Diocesan Shrine – Monte Cueva, Maasin City”. A statue of Our Lady of Assumption can be found at the top of the cave. You need to climb a little bit of stairs to reach it. No need to worry because it will not exhaust you.
I have remembered that this was where we toured during our high school tours. It really was very cool and then I told my parents about this. They were really amazed, so the year after that we decided to visit this place until it became a yearly tradition with the family.
Plus, you got to see this amazing view. How amazing could that be?
Get ready to climb a more than a hundred steps.
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