Mapaso Hot and Cold Spring is a geothermal spring where there is good potential for recreation. Located in Brgy. Lapaz, Santiago, Agusan del Norte about 10 to 20 mins depending on how you drive from Cabadbaran City.
The water issuing from a hot spring is heated by geothermal heat, i.e., heat from the Earth’s mantle. In general, the temperature of rocks within the earth increases with depth. The rate of temperature increase with depth is known as the geothermal gradient. If water percolates deeply enough into the crust, it will be heated as it comes into contact with hot rocks. The water from hot springs in non-volcanic areas is heated in this manner where hot springs in volcanic areas are often at or near the boiling point.
Because heated water can hold more dissolved solids, warm and especially hot springs also often have a very high mineral content, containing everything from simple calcium to lithium, and even radium. Because of both the folklore and the claimed medical value some of these springs have, they are often popular tourist destinations, and locations for rehabilitation clinics for those with disabilities.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From the town of Santiago, take the road going to Lapaz all the way to the end until you reach the river.
There will be dug out canoes that will take you to the other side crossing the Calinawan River.
Follow the foot trail that is well-maintained to reach Mapaso Hot and Cold Spring.
Takes about 10-15 mins nature walk. Enjoy the view of Mt. Mabaho from afar, lush greenery, trees, and water stream along the way. There are cottages for rent and rest rooms.
The Bitaog Centennial Tree located in the coastal community of Caloc-an, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte is believed to be standing for more than 500 years, long before the Spaniards discovered the Philippines.
The Bitaog Centennial Tree existed approximately before the year 1523 based on existing set of maps which shows the island of Mindanao with its Northeastern side named “Bitau” and “Batauo”, undoubtly referring to the Bitaog tree, as it was then the custom of Filipinos to name places after the trees, rocks, mountains and sometimes animals.
Local historian Florante More, who nominated the Bitaog tree (Calophyllum inophyllum) as the oldest tree in 1998, said the trunk of the tree measures 290 centimeters in diameter.
Getting there is easy, you can take a pump boat from Butuan City crossing Agusan River or public transport via Cabadbaran City.
Nature and Horses, what could be more perfect than that!
Calo Horse Farm offers english ride training for those who are interested in how to properly mount a horse.
Experience Sanghan Outback Trail Riding!
If you love wandering around, nature sight-seeing while riding on a horse, a visit to Calo Horse Farm is just about perfect. Calo Horse Farm offers trail riding to horsemen-tourists in the great Sanghan outback.
Calo Horse Farm is also open to educational tours that are interested in trees, wild birds, candles & horses. Calo Horse Farm also caters to big group camping up to 1,300 pax.
Sanghan is in between the town of Remedios T. Romualdez (R.T.R.) and the City of Cabadbaran which it is part of. Sanghan is just a few minutes away from Butuan City.