Travel Diaries: Lake Apo, Valencia Bukidnon

One thing I love about living in Cagayan de Oro City is that it is near the beach and the mountains. Last weekend, my boyfriend and I felt like going away to the mountains so we packed our bags and went to Bukidnon. Our main itinerary was Lake Apo.

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Lake Apo is a crater lake located in Brgy Guinoyoran, Valencia City, Bukidnon. It’s about 30 minutes from the town center. It used to be a volcanic cone that later on widened into a basin and filled with water. The name comes from the bisaya term “apo” which means grandson or granddaughter. As legend would have it, a man living in the mountains was said to have assaulted his granddaughter and was punished by the deities by flooding the area with water, forming Lake Apo.

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From Valencia, log in to Google maps and follow the Guinoyoran road. Or you can hire a tour guide to take you there. Some parts of the road a not cemented so bring a pick-up or elevated vehicle.

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