A tropical archipelago made up of more than 7,000 islands packed to the brim with natural wonders, the Philippines is an enticing country just waiting to be explored. Gaze in awe at spectacular untouched landscapes, be caught-up by the infectious warmth of friendly locals and discover an intriguingly diverse mix of cultures, traditions and sights. From trekking Mt Pinatubo to exploring the stunning Banaue rice terraces - this country will really grab a hold of your senses. So pack your bags, take a dive into the unknown and get ready to fall in love with South-East Asia's wild child.

Start
Manila, Philippines
Finish
Manila, Philippines
Countries
Philippines
Themes
Explorer
Code
TTSL
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
462kg pp per trip

Discover spectacular mountains and picturesque rice terraces in the Philippines


Highlights

  • Jump into the adventure of lively Manila city
  • Be left breathless by the Banaue terraces
  • Take a village trek through lush rice paddies
  • Be mystified by the hanging coffins in Echo Valley
  • Go trekking to the summit of Mt Pinatubo
  • Discover the warm and welcoming Filipino culture

Itinerary

Dive into this Philippines adventure in the country's capital city, Manila. With contradictions and surprises around every corner, Manila is packed full of things to do, see, taste and experience.
Travel by bus to the quaint town of Banaue. Famous for its stunning rice terraces that appear to stretch like stepping-stones to the heavens, it'll be easy to understand why Banaue is sometimes referred to as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World'. Take a walk to a nearby vantage point for sensational views or rest up in preparation for the trekking ahead.
Set off through rice fields and forests on a trek. Stay overnight in local Ifugao villages and meet people farming rice in the same way their ancestors did 2,000 years ago.
Travel across alpine mountains, stopping off in Bontoc to peruse its museum and arriving in the tranquil surrounds of Sagada. Visit the hanging coffins in Echo Valley, which dangle high up on limestone cliffs - the coffins are both mystifying and eerie.
Relish incredible vistas of tiny villages, deep valleys and verdant rice terraces on a drive through the Cordillera Central mountain range to Baguio.
Trek to the crater on Mt Pinatubo and camp for the night near the crater's lake.
Finish up this Filipino adventure back in the mega-city of Manilla. Why not gather the group and head out for a final dinner to reflect back on the highlights of this enthralling journey.
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Inclusions

Meals
10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
4x4, Bus, Private minibus
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (7 nights)
Included activites
  • 3-day trek with local guide
  • Baguio -Guided orientation walk
  • Bontoc Museum
  • Guided walk to Hanging Coffins and Bokong Falls
  • Mt Pinatubo climb

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Reviews

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Philippine Discovery, March 2015

Philippine Discovery, March 2015