The Cagsawa ruins (also known as Kagsawa or Cagsaua) are the remnants of a 16th-century church in Albay (Bicol region) 11-km to the South of the Mayon Volcano. Today, the church tower is the only remaining structure left after the 1814 eruption of the Mayon Volcano and a testament to the dangers of living in such close proximity to an active volcano.
The ruins have been converted into a popular park where festivals and tourism make this place a great destination to visit. Getting to the Cagsawa Ruins Park is easy from Legazpi and the surrounding area by scooter, jeepny or car.
Know before you go
- Parking is 30P – but it’s 50P if you’re foreign (yay price gouging!).
- Visit the Cagsawa Ruins in just after sunrise or shortly before sunset to have the best chance for Mayon to be cloud-free. Mid-day the volcano is usually shrouded in clouds.
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