Discover spectacular mountains and picturesque rice terraces in the Philippines
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.
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Begin in the adventurous, lively city of Manila, with contradictions and surprises around every corner
Embark on a 3-day trek through rice fields, forests and villages, staying in local Ifugao communities along the way
Be left breathless by the lush Banaue rice paddies, millennia old terraces that stretch like stepping-stones towards the sky
Witness the unique hanging coffins in Echo Valley, and discover more about the fascinating traditions of the local people
Just 25 years old, the lake-filled crater of Mt Pinatubo is a fresh wonder to explore – trek to the summit and camp right next to pristine emerald waters in the heart of the volcano
Experience the warm and welcoming culture of the Philippines
This trip includes a lot of energetic included activities, so a good level of fitness is required for this trip.
Due to some of the remote locations that are visited on this trip, some of the accommodation is basic. Some nights are in multishare rooms, with shared bathrooms with Asian style toilets. Hot water showers are available on most nights.
The rice terraces in this region are very steep, and at time you will be trekking on very narrow paths with steep drops on either side. Therefore a very good level of balance is required, and shoes with good grip are essential. Your leader can assist you by providing a walking stick to help you keep your balance on these sections.
When picking guesthouses, we value location and the things that come with it. The noise (whether we like it or not) is all part of the scene. Passengers may wake up to the sound of roosters or church bells in the morning, so if you’re sensitive to noise, we recommend bringing earplugs to the trip.
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Our Philippine Discovery trips score an average of 4.48 out of 5 based on 33 reviews in the last year.
We enjoyed our trip to the Philippines but would like to have the opportunity to visit more/different areas.
Review submitted 25 Feb 2018
This is a great trip but does require a good level of fitness. The treks through the rice terraces can be arduous and taxing for those who do not regularly hike or walk long distances. Note that at times there are large climbs on the treks. The Palawan section of the trip felt rushed. I felt I spent more time in a van than on a beach or island hopping. I feel the long drive back from El Nido to Puerto Princess is unnecessary given that we could have had an extra day and perhaps flown to Manila from El Nido. These are small gripes however, as overall the trip was fantastic.
Review submitted 17 Feb 2018