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Heritage of the Cordillera: Banaue, Batad, Sagada
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Heritage of the Cordillera: Banaue, Batad, Sagada

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 7 people
Destination(s): Philippines  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Caving  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 395 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 550 US Dollar (USD)

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.

Trip highlights:
- 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.

Tour 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 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.

Today we do plenty of hiking to see the many attractions of Sagada. These include a sacred waterfall, hanging coffins, an underground river and local handcrafts shops.

Day 5: Sagada caving.

We've saved arguably the best for last. We spend an exhilarating day underground traversing a bizarrely beautiful cave system.

Day 6: Visit Baguio and travel back to Manila.

Sadly our adventure is at an end and it's time to head back to Manila. On the way we stop by the mountain city of Baguio, known as the summer capital of the Philippines because of its popularity among local tourists.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All land transportation for the duration of the trip
- 4 nights accommodation at village inns
- All fees associated with the specified activities
- Guiding service.

Price Excludes:
- Airfare to Manila
- Food and beverage. We will dine at inns and restaurants that your trip leader has pre-selected for their quality, and he will suggest local specialties. To give you the most flexibility however, we will let you order and pay for what you wish to eat. Allocate around P3500 (about USD $75 — don't forget to change your money beforehand!) for food and drinks for the entire trip.
- Travel insurance.

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