Trek through the Philippine mountain region and be awed by its natural and cultural heritage which include the famous Banaue Rice Terraces, quaint villages, sacred waterfalls and rivers, extensive cave systems, hanging coffins, and picturesque rock formations.
Highlights and activities: - See the famous Banaue Rice Terraces. - Learn the customs and traditions of the ancient people of the mountain region. - Trek to and spend a night in Batad, a village within an amphitheater of rice terraces. - Trek to spectacular waterfalls and dive into their lagoons. - Traverse a beautifully alien quartz and limestone cave system. - See the unique hanging coffins of Sagada.
Overview: 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 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.
Itinerary: DAY 1: Travel to Banaue The group assembles in Manila in the evening and we get some shut-eye while we travel through winding mountain roads. When we wake up we will be in Banaue, home of the famous rice terraces, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.
DAY 2: Batad We trek to Batad, a village within an amphitheater of rice terraces. We hike amidst the rice paddies to a spectacular waterfall and spend the night in the village.
DAY 3: Travel through Bontoc to Sagada We hike out of Batad then take the scenic road to Sagada. We stop at Bontoc where we learn about the customs of the indigenous people of the mountain region. In Sagada we do a preliminary tour of the village and its picturesque surrounds.
DAY 4: Sagada highlights We 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 caving We've saved arguably the best for last. We spend an exhilarating morning underground traversing a bizarrely beautiful cave system. In the afternoon we say goodbye to the Cordillera mountains and take an overnight bus back to Manila.
DAY 6: Arrival in Manila At around 2AM we arrive at a bus station in Manila.