Heritage of the Cordillera: Banaue, Batad, Sagada

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Bus Station in Manila to Bus station in Manila located at Monte de Piedad, corner Maryland street in Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
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Tour description

The Cordillera is the most mountainous and the only landlocked region in the Philippines. In a country of coastlines, it stands out because of its unique geography and cultural tradition. In this 6-day adventure, you will immerse yourself in the mystique of its nature and its people. Be awed by the ingenuity of the Ifugaos as you trek through ancient rice terraces carved into mountainsides. Take in the beauty and tranquility of Sagada, a quaint town in the clouds. Get into the heart of the mountains as you explore an extensive cave system.

Day 1: Travel to BanaueThe group assembles in Manila in the evening and you get some shut-eye while you travel through winding mountain roads. When you wake up you will be in Banaue, home of the famous rice terraces, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.Day 2: BatadYou trek to Batad, a village within an amphitheater of rice terraces. You hike amidst the rice paddies to a spectacular waterfall and spend the night in the village.Day 3: Travel through Bontoc to SagadaYou hike out of Batad then take the scenic road to Sagada. You stop at Bontoc where you learn about the customs of the indigenous people of the mountain region. In Sagada you do a preliminary tour of the village and its picturesque surrounds.Day 4: Sagada highlightsYou do plenty of hiking to see the many attractions of Sagada. These include a sacred waterfall, hanging coffins, an underground river and local handicrafts shops.Day 5: Sagada cavingYou've saved arguably the best for last. You spend an exhilarating morning underground traversing a bizarrely beautiful cave system. In the afternoon you say goodbye to the Cordillera mountains and take an overnight bus back to Manila.Day 6: Arrival in ManilaAt around 2AM you arrive at a bus station in Manila.

What's included

  • All land transportation for the duration of the trip.
  • Three (3) nights accommodation in village inns.
  • All fees associated with the specified activities.
  • Guiding service.
  • Group tour open to other travelers

What's not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and beverage.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips to restaurant waiters, local guides, etc. are not expected but appreciated.

Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Travel to Banaue The group assembles in Manila in the evening and you get some shut-eye while you travel through winding mountain roads. When you wake up you will be in Banaue, home of the famous rice terraces, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.

Day 2: Day 2: Batad You trek to Batad, a village within an amphitheater of rice terraces. You hike amidst the rice paddies to a spectacular waterfall and spend the night in the village.

Day 3: Day 3: Travel through Bontoc to Sagada You hike out of Batad then take the scenic road to Sagada. You stop at Bontoc where you learn about the customs of the indigenous people of the mountain region. In Sagada you do a preliminary tour of the village and its picturesque surrounds.

Day 4: Day 4: Sagada highlights You do plenty of hiking to see the many attractions of Sagada. These include a sacred waterfall, hanging coffins, an underground river and local handicrafts shops.

Day 5: Day 5: Sagada caving You've saved arguably the best for last. You spend an exhilarating morning underground traversing a bizarrely beautiful cave system. In the afternoon you say goodbye to the Cordillera mountains and take an overnight bus back to Manila.

Day 6: Day 6: Arrival in Manila At around 2AM you arrive at a bus station in Manila.