Rice Terraces of Sagada
Mountain Province Heritage Scheduled
October 15, 2016
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Mountain Province Heritage Private

From: 16,500.00

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1 person : ₱47,800.00
2 persons : ₱23,900.00 per person
3 persons : ₱17,500.00 per person
4 or more persons : ₱16,500.00 per person

Mountain Province Heritage Private – 4 Days / 3 Nights

If you have another day available, we recommend a visit to Sagada to see the Hanging Coffins. The local people originated from Indonesia and are known for their cave burial rituals located in “Echo Valley”. There are numerous waterfalls and the highlight of the trip is navigating the slippery, Sumaguig caves (You can take a dip in the pool here). If time allows, we take a visit to the Bomod-Ok big waterfalls and Kiltepan Peak at Sagada. This town also has good restaurants and used to be a hippie hangout. This tranquil atmosphere is recommended for an overnight stay. A visit to the Bontoc museum with artifacts and beautiful pictures from the mountain tribes must not be missed.

Bontoc is 45 min travel by car from Sagada and 1.5 hours from Banaue. It is the regional center and is also the best starting point for trips to Kalinga.

Optional extra, plus one day to include KALINGA.

Kalinga is 2 hours travel from Bontoc by 4×4 car or rented jeepney and is one of the most unexplored areas in the north. Traditional tribal lifestyles continue almost unchanged here but the practice of head-hunting ceased decades ago. The people in Kalinga are proud of their warrior culture so please be respectful or let your guide do the talking. Traditional law applies here, the government has little influence in this area.

The countryside blessed with high peak mountains, rice terraces, waterfalls and hot springs is remote and magnificent. In the wet season June to December especially, the area is vulnerable to landslides. Highlights are in Liminancong, which rivals the rice terraces of Batad and can be reached by one day hiking, rented jeepney or 4×4. Tinglayan is the best starting point for treks.

On the way to Tinglayan we pass by the Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park and the Chico River offering amazing scenery. We will visit a local village where the ancient tradition of tattooing is still practiced. The local people, especially the elder woman, most of whom are tattooed, live mainly from rice planting. Many challenging hikes with a guide (required) are possible in this area. The accommodation and food are very basic here so we therefore focus on 1 day trips commencing from Bontoc.

After Kalinga it is possible during the dry season to travel by 4×4 car, the 7 hours, via tabuk to the capital of the kalinga area, Tuguegarao. If time allows, we visit the famous Calloa Cave, which has a “church” inside. Returning from Tuguagarao to Manila is just a 1 hour flight, alternatively, after Kalinga you could continue to Baguio or Vigan or go back to Manila by road (8 hours).

Itinerary

Manila – Banaue

  • 6:30 am depart Manila for Banaue via Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya.
  • In San Jose, a short stop for lunch (on individual account).
  • Stop at Dalton Pass.
  • Late afternoon arrival in Banaue.
  • Check-in at The Banaue Hotel subject to availability or, best available run-of-the-house accommodation.
  • Dinner on individual account.

Banaue – Batad or Banga-an Village – Banaue

  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • 8:00 am departure by local jeepney to either Batad or Banga-an (Hard or easy walk).
  • Both are traditional village nestled in a panoramic valley of terraces.
  • Mingle with the natives and visit a typical home to see their way of life.
  • Lunch (on individual account).
  • Stop at Viewpoint to admire the Terraces.
  • On the way back to the hotel visit Banaue Museum.
  • If there is still time, you may opt to visit the market and local souvenir shop.
  • Dinner on individual account.

Banaue – Sagada – Bontoc – Banaue

  • After breakfast in the hotel, we will start the day with a 3 to 4 hours ride (one way) to picturesque Sagada with its ancient burial caves and mummified coffins at Sugong & Echo Valley.
  • Under guidance of a local guide you will see Lumiang Burial Cave and actually enter the impressive Sumaging Cave.
  • Visit Bontoc’s tribal museum on the way back, with artifacts and beautiful pictures from the mountain tribes.
  • Stop at Viewpoint to admire the Terraces.Return to Banaue for dinner on own account and overnight.

Banaue-Manila

  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • Leave Banaue for Manila.
  • Optional: In Ibulao, deviate few minutes from the main road to Kiangan to visit the Ifugao Museum and the Surrender site of General Yamashita (subject to road and weather conditions, entrance fee personal account).
  • Resume drive to Manila.
  • In San Jose, stop for lunch (on individual account).
  • 6.30 pm estimated arrival in Manila.

Schedule

Departs (Pick up/Drop off)

  • Daily
  • We pick up at your hotel or address in Manila, Makati or Pasay.
  • We drop off at your hotel or address in Manila, Makati or Pasay.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions

– Roundtrip transportation by luxury air-conditioned vehicle: Manila-Banaue-Manila (Free WIFI onboard, subject to service availability) with English speaking driver guide

– Fuel, toll fees, parking fees & registration fee.

– 3 Nights best available run of the house accommodation with hot water shower incl. 3 breakfasts, local taxes & service charges.

– 1 day mountain trail hike to a local village incl. local English speaking guide and partly using local jeepney. Choice of Batad or Banga-an village.

– Viewpoint & Museum visit, incl Museum entrance.

– 1 day tour to Sagada, incl. entrance fee Sumaguing and Lumiang Cave, Sugong viewpoint and services of a local English speaking guide ( 1.5 hrs).

– Visit the mountain tribe museum in Bontoc. Incl entrance fee.

Exclusions

– OPTIONAL EXTRA’s on the way back from Manila (not included in this tour):

a) To visit THE SURRENDER SITE OF GENERAL YAMASHITA. Entrance fee is not included in this tour and is to be shouldered by you on the spot.

b) To visit THE SUNKEN CHURCH OF BACALOR. Entrance fee is not included in this tour and is to be shouldered by you on the spot.

Things To Bring

Baggage allowance limited to max. 20 kg & 1 small carry-on per person. Waterproof shoes or sandals, sun protection and a light jacket.

Tour Notes

Itinerary may change due to weather or local conditions.

Rates subject to change.

For customized tour arrangements, please send us an e-mail via tours@riceterracesbanaue.com or fill our Tour Enquiry form and we will be pleased to quote you.

  • Tours cancelled 8-30 days prior to commencement of services, twenty-five percent (25%) of the total price.
  • Tours cancelled 1-7 days prior to commencement of services, fifty percent (50%) of the total price.
  • Tours cancelled on departure day and later, 100% of total price.

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