Welcome to The Cordillera


The tribes of the Cordillera, collectively known as the Igorot, have distinct traditions that have survived both Spanish and American occupation and that add a culturally rich dimension to the already bounteous attractions of the region. Banaue’s renowned rice terraces have been dubbed ‘the eighth wonder of the world’, while lesser-known but no less spectacular terraces exist throughout Ifugao, Mountain Province and Kalinga. Rice terraces aside, the mountains throw down the gauntlet to hikers, bikers, cavers and other fresh-air fiends.


Top experiences in The Cordillera

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The Cordillera activities

18-to-Thirtysomethings

Philippines–Manila to Boracay on a Shoestring

Pick somewhere different to go for your next adventure – like, really different. These ten days in the gorgeous northern half of the Philippines will stay with you forever. Meander down the streets of Manila, trek through remote villages to see stunningly green rice terraces, learn about unusual and historic traditions like the hanging coffins of Sagada, and then wrap it all up by blissing out on the tiny beach paradise of Boracay Island, which may honestly have some of the best beaches you’ve ever seen. We swear.

$1478.15 Classic

Northern Philippines Adventure

With over 6,000 islands contained within its borders, the Philippines is one of the largest archipelagos in the world. While we can’t possibly show you all of the islands in just nine days, we can show you the country’s northern highlights, which will feel more than comprehensive enough. You’ll discover the arresting inland beauty of Luzon, known for world-famous (and incredibly picturesque) terraced rice paddies. Learn about colonial history and life in tiny villages. Looking for the road less travelled? It runs through here.

$2591.65 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Northern Philippines & Islands on a Shoestring

This 17-day trip brings together the very best of Filipino culture and hospitality with its simply perfect island beaches. Begin by heading north to explore remote villages and see stunningly green rice terraces. Then island-hop around Siquijor and Bohol, snorkelling and swimming to your heart's content. Check out Moalboal and swim with sardines. With two unique homestays to experience the warmth of the Philippines and its welcoming people, this tour is an experience you'll talk about for years to come.

$3199 Classic

Northern Philippines and Palawan Adventure

The colourful culture, pristine beaches, and colonial history of the Philippines aren't easy to capture in just one trip but this 16-day tour is a pretty decent effort. Envelop yourself in colonial history within Manila's former walled centre and the charming town of Vigan, embark on a subterranean boat ride through an underground cave system, and visit a self-governing penal colony. The Philippines' beaches are some of the world's best, so we've left plenty of time for snorkelling or simply just lounging on the beaches of El Nido. This way, your knowledge of the country will only deepen alongside your tan.

$2974.15 Classic

Northern Philippines and Palawan Adventure

Go off the beaten Southeast Asia path – you know you want to. This 17-day journey takes you from the northern end of this 6,000-plus island archipelago to the famed crystal blue waters of Palawan. Start your adventure in bustling Manila before paying a visit to the dramatic rice terraces of Banaue. Next up is Sagada, a place that feels shrouded in mystery. Then, hop on over to Palawan for subterranean rivers, beaches, and stunning scenery. Ready for something different? Say hello to the Philippines.

$1104.15 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Northern Philippines on a Shoestring

Pick somewhere different to go for your next adventure – like, really different. These eight days in gorgeous, northern Philippines will stay with you forever. Trek through remote villages to see stunningly green rice terraces, learn about unusual and historic traditions like the hanging coffins of Sagada, and then wrap it all up by meandering down the streets of Manila, which may honestly be some of the most underrated fun this side of Southeast Asia. We swear.