Cordova Travel Guide

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Cordova Overview

Cordova is a small island linked to Mactan Island by small bridges (one is Pilipog bridge and the other is ?). Both islands are located to the southeast of Mandaue and Cebu City, Cebu.

Cordova is a rural island with a high rate of poverty and little modern development. Its roads are paved, but traffic is slow and congested with tricycles (known in other countries as "pedicabs" or bicycle rickshaws). The air is often seasoned with the smoke of roadside trash fires and automobile exhaust. The sounds of roosters crowing and karaoke broadcast from outdoor vending machines.

Cordova’s people are very social and friendly toward foreigners. They will often call out, “Hello my friend” to passing strangers or offer a drink. Language can be a barrier if traveling alone. Some hand gestures and charades, however, will often suffice for conveying basic information and most people know at least a few words of English.

Although the town is noisy with traffic and music, it is also beautifully lush and green all around. As an island, it is surrounded by water, but there are few “sandy” beaches. Nonetheless, there are access points to the water, typically rocky, with their own unique charm and the calm water is crystal clear.

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