Discovering the beautiful landscape of the Cordillera with a full trip.
This tour are with local guides from diferents provinces (Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga) who speak in English and Tagalog and their dialect.
You want to discover the rice terraces of Banaue and Batad ? Practise an experience in the cave of Sagada and Echo valley ? And exploring the village of Kalinga with traditional tattoos ?
This tour is for you, you can also add Vigan to discover the Spanish colonial city (additional day).
LEVEL : Intermediate DURATION : 4 to 5 days
VILLAGES : Banaue, view point – Batad – Buscalan, Kalinga – Sagada, Mountain Province
You will enjoy 3 or 4 days (depend if you want to stay one nigth in Kalinga ) and exploring 3 provinces with diferents cultures and legends. This is the perfect tour to see the beauty of Cordillera, between mountains and rice fields.
How is it ?
The first day : Discover Batad and rice terraces
« Batad is fabulous for it’s rice terraces shaped in amphitheater, declared in 1995 to the heritage of the Unesco. »
We pick up you to the terminal of bus to enjoy a breakfast and we start the travel and our first day in Batad.
After 13 kms ride (with transport) until the starting point of Batad, you will walk 20 minutes to join the village. In fact there is no road until the village, that’s why you will enjoy a short walk until Batad.
You will hike until see these wonderful terraces which are like an amphitheater, this view will be amazing from the mountain hill. The best moment to do the best picture.
After 30 minutes trekking you will lunch in a famous filipino restaurant with a panoramic view on the rice fields, but from another side.
The afternoon you will trekking 1 hour down until the Tappiyah waterfalls, an enormous natural pool for swimming. You can take your time to enjoy your stay before to come back in Banaue.
We will walk 1hour and 30 minutes maximum until the transportation.
You will sleep in Banaue to be ready for the next day (if you prefer we can arrange the tour with one night in Batad).
The second day : Experience Sagada and echo valley
« Sagada is famous for all his caves, but also for the hanging coffins : the legend think it’s for Spirits of the dead are closer to the sky. Discover this mountain are also beautiful landscape»
We start the day with a breakfast and some stop over in diferents view point of Banaue.
You will enjoy « Banaue view point », recognize like the most picturesque rice terraces in the Cordilleras.
Then we will drive until Sagada, maximum 3 hours with some stop over on the road.
We will lunch in the town of Sagada.
There we need to take a guide from this province Sagada. In fact it’s not the same Province that’s why you we have another guide.
In the afternoon you will walk 30 minutes from the cimetery until the mystical Echo valley and the famous hangging coffins. The smaller ones contain bodies placed in fetal position. You will see the funeral chairs on which the dead were tied during the funeral ceremony.
After that, you will visit the Lumiang burrial cave; Containing a hundred stacked coffins, the oldest of which would be 500 years old. You can see the Carved lizards on some cercuei symbol of longevity and fertility.
After this you will experience the Sumaging cave, named also « big cave ». In this cave you will enjoy big areas with stone formations like the « King’s Curtain », or the « cauliflower » . You will have a lamp during this tour around 2 hours.
After this adventurius day you will enjoy your diner and sleep in a guest house in the town of Sagada.
The third day : exploring Kalinga and his tattoos
« Discover Kalinga with it’s famous old « Wang Odd ; it’s a real experience because you will understand why local people have so many tatoo. To protect the territory, the men were headhunters. With each head brought home after beheaded, the warrior had a tattoo. »
We will drive 3 h maximum included stop over with some view point on the road. This road will be amazing for the view, because we are always in the heart between the mountains and rice terraces.
We need to take a guide from Buscalan, because the Province is diferent and so the culture will be diferent.
We need to walk 30 minutes until the village you will be in the heart of beautiful landscapes. You will see local people, who are not used to it to see foreigner. And also a lot of pigs in this village.
Exploring Kalinga, it’s again an adventure diferent, amazing by the culture and the woman with all tattoos.
You will enjoy the lunch in the village of Buscalan.
The afternoon we will explore the village, you will share the moments with childrens and family ; but also trekking in the rice terraces. Your guide will explain everything about the culture, and the heritage in Buscalan village.
You can observe the local life and women who do the traditional tattoo.
You will met also Fang-od Oggay,100 years old and her granddaugher, Grace for an unforgettable experience. It’s incredible to see all they try to continue the tradition about their tatoo, and the story about all of this art.
We purpose you also to try the experience and why not do your traditionnal tatoo…
In the end of afternoon we will go back to Banaue after 3 hours drive.
ALTERNATIVE TRIP :
If you want we can also extend the experience and stay one more nigth in the village.
You will have the chance to sleep in local family, it will be a real experience for you to stay in this village. You will learn always more about their culture and this tattoo and belief.
If you want we can also extend and go until Vigan to visit the colonial city. Do not hesitate to ask us.