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Philippines-Manila to Boracay on a Shoestring

  • 10 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAAPMB

Pick somewhere different to go for your next adventure - like, really different. These ten days in the gorgeous northern half of the Philippines will stay with you forever. Meander down the streets of Manila, trek through remote villages to see stunningly green rice terraces, learn about unusual and historic traditions like the hanging coffins of Sagada, and then wrap it all up by blissing out on the tiny beach paradise of Borocay Island, which may honestly have some of the best beaches you've ever seen. We swear. Pick somewhere different to go for your next adventure - like, really different. These ten days in the gorgeous northern half of the Philippines will stay with you forever. Meander down the streets of Manila, trek through remote villages to see stunningly green rice terraces, learn about unusual and historic traditions like the hanging coffins of Sagada, and then wrap it all up by blissing out on the tiny beach paradise of Borocay Island, which may honestly have some of the best beaches you've ever seen. We swear.

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Day 1 Manila

Arrive at any time.

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Baguio (1B)

Travelling north via public bus, and enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival. Opt to visit a healer or get a massage.

Travelling north via public bus, and enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival. Opt to visit a healer or get a massage. This buzzing mountain town is situated at an altitude of 1,500m and has a much cooler climate than the lowlands consequently was used as the summer capital by US troops when the Philippines was an American colony. The town is famous for its faith healers and their adherents who congregate here each year with their assorted ailments in the hope of being cured. The city market has a good selection of handicrafts - baskets, textiles and jewelry. Estimated travel time: 7 hrs

Day 3-4 Sagada (2B)

After another long day of travel, arrive to the outdoor paradise of Sagada. Opt to visits the hanging coffins the area is famous for. Free afternoon for more hiking or a caving excursion.

Travelling into the mountain province of the Northern Philippines we reach Sagada. Popular as a destination for adventurers, Sagada takes us into the world of the local Igorot people, a people know for their weaving and the unusual burial system of their ancestors- hanging and stacking coffins, hewed from tree trunks, in the limestone karst cliffs and caves near town. Opt to visit the hanging coffins the area is famous for. Free afternoon for more hiking or a caving excursion. The natural beauty of the area features caves that can be explored, hikes along an underground river system, a waterfall and delightful pool to cool off in after a day of exploring, and a quiet serenity only found off the beaten path. This is a place to sit back, relax and just enjoy. Estimated travel time: 7 hrs

Day 5 Banaue (1B)

Hop into a jeepney and head south to beautiful Banaue, known for its many rice terraces. Free time to trek along the terraces or relax.

Hop into a jeepney and head south to beautiful Banaue, known for its many rice terraces. Free time to trek along the terraces or relax. Sometimes called the 'Eighth Wonder of the World', the Banaue Rice Terraces have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built 2,000 years ago by the Ifugaos and still in use today, the terraces are irrigated by mountain streams that have been channeled into canals running downhill through the rice terraces, reaching an altitude of 1500m. Estimated travel time: 4 hrs

Day 6-7 Batad (2B,1D)

Travel via jeepney and foot on local hiking trails to reach a local village for an overnight homestay experience to discover the daily lives of the Ifugao people in one of the local villages. Enjoy a cultural performance and a local dinner.

Travel via jeepney and foot on local hiking trails to reach a local village for an overnight homestay experience to discover the daily lives of the Ifugao people in one of the local villages. Enjoy a cultural performance and a local dinner. The trekking here can be challenging, especially in inclement weather. If you don't feel fit enough for the activity, your CEO can help you organize some optional activities. The following day, return to Banaue for a free afternoon before boarding an overnight bus to Manila. Estimated travel time: 3.5 hrs

Day 8-9 Boracay (2B)

Fly south from Manila and transfer to the breathtakingly gorgeous island of Boracay. White-sand beaches and bright, turquoise water await. Opt to go snorkelling, scuba diving, or just chill out on the beach.

Fly south from Manila and transfer to the breathtakingly gorgeous island of Boracay. White-sand beaches and bright, turquoise water await. Opt to go snorkelling, scuba diving, or just chill out on the beach. Estimated travel time: 4 hrs

Day 10 Boracay (1B)

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Depart at any time.

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  • TRIP NAME: PHILIPPINES-MANILA TO BORACAY ON A SHOESTRING
  • DURATION: 10 DAYS
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  • TRIP CODE : GAAPMB
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Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures, 18-35s
  • Comfort Level: Basic
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

  • Trek to Batad. Cultural performance (Batad). Beach time in Borocay. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Max 18, avg 12.
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
  • Allow USD200-250 for meals not included.
  • Public bus, jeepney, plane, ferry, walking.
  • Simple hotels (7 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight bus (1 nt).
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

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