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Aside from the islands of El Nido, there are other interesting sites to visit in the municipality. Cudugnon Point is one such site and should not be missed as it is of anthropological importance. It is believed to have been a Neolithic burial site where human remains and artifacts were found. Jewelry and pottery dating back to the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 BC) were yielded by the caves and are now enshrined in a museum in the Philippines. The crevices of the cave are inhabited by barn swallows and bats. The breathtaking view of the walls of this cave are certainly worth the effort of walking and slipping through small crevices to get to the main cave and explore the wonders within. Its limestone walls in shades of green, blue, brown, white and grey are visible through rays of light streaming through holes in the ceiling. Adventure-seeking travelers can enjoy the trek through the caves and snorkel in the deeper waters in the cave. Colorful marine creatures inhabit these waters which makes them a great snorkeling paradise.
Other Places to Visit in El Nido
A visit to Aberawan River will allow you a unique experience of taking a tour of its mangroves and delight in watching the egrets roost among the trees at the mouth of this amazing river. Children will surely benefit from watching these beautiful birds and provide insights on why we should really take care of our wildlife.
Another site of archeological importance is the Ille Cave. Located in New ibajay, 45 minutes away from the town proper, this cave was evidently a burial site of inhabitants of the place as a cremation site was excavated in the area and was dated to be 9000 years old. Tiger bones found in the cave were carbon-dated to be at least 12000 years old. This is the first evidence of tigers having existed in Palawan. A unique bracelet also found in the cave is proof of El Nido’s ties to China and dates back to the “Metal Period.” Ille Cave is the site of a continuing archeological excavation project by the University of the Philippines-Archeological Studies Program where they count with excellent education and Scape Student Accommodation. It has been proposed to have it declared a heritage park in efforts to stem the looting of its archeological artifacts.
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