I woke early on my 2nd day in Butuan City to catch the earliest bus going to Davao City. It will pass by the town of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur which is my destination on this day. I'm going to this town to see Lolong, the world's largest crocodile that resides in captivity at the Bunawan Ecopark and Wildlife Reservation Center.
From my accommodation, I took a tricycle to the City terminal where buses bound for different parts Mindanao make a stop over. At around 5:00 AM, I'm already aboard a bus bound for Davao. Fare from Butuan City to Bunawan is at 215 pesos.
It was still dark outside and nothing much to see. Due to lack of sleep, I quickly took a nap as soon as the bus started to move.
After an hour and a half, we reached the town of San Francisco (popularly called San Franz by the locals) for a 20-minute stop over. Some passengers had their breakfast while the others used the toilet. I went down of the bus to take some photos.
Another stop over was at the bus station at San Francisco town proper.
Then the journey continued through the well-paved national hi-way passing through communities and crop fields.
When we reached the town Bunawan after about an hour, I quickly saw the sign leading to the Bunawan Eco-park. But air-conditioned buses are only allowed to stop on bus terminals, I wasn't able to get down.
I had to wait for the bus to make a stop at the Bunawan overland bus terminal.
From there, I need to back track. I took a public van bound for San Franz and alighted at the road that leads to the eco-park at Barangay Consuelo. Fare is at 20 pesos.
Then I took a habal-habal that brought me to the park for 50 pesos (2-way).
It was a bumpy 15 minute ride on dirt road.
Watch out for my next posts on my encounter with Lolong and seeing the falls at the ecopark.
Bunawan Ecopark and Wildlife Reservation Center.
Address: Barangay Consuelo, Bunawan Agusan del Sur
Entrance Fee: PHP 20.00
This is part of my solo adventure in Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur last November 17-19, 2011. Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur are the 46th and 47th provinces on my list and this adventure is my 14th solo trip. Join me as I continue my journey to visit all 80 provinces in the Philippines!
Agusan del Norte
Agusan del Sur
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