Y-LIEP IFUGAO HIGHLANDS IMMERSION 7D6N
Ifugao is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is Lagawe and it borders Benguet to the west, Mountain Province to the north, Isabela to the east, and Nueva Vizcaya to the south. The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras and Banaue Rice Terraces are the main tourist attractions in the province. These terraces were handcarved into the mountains 2,000 years ago to plant rice. In 1995, they were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 1 Arrive Manila (-,-,-)
Welcome to Manila Philippines capital city! Our friendly guide will meet you at the airport. Should you arrive during the day, our guide will see to it that your first day will be productive by touring you around the city! You will visit the walled City of Intramuros and the famous Manila Bay among others. Should you arrive at night, our guide will bring you immediately to your hotel â€“ The Remington Hotel Manila at the Resorts World Manila.
Day 2 Manila to Banaue (B, L, D)
At about 3AM, we will drive to Banaue. Travel time is roughly 8 hours on a scenic road. We expect to arrive by lunch time. Upon arrival, we check in at Greenview Lodge. In the afternoon, we shall have a walk around the town and visit small villages.
Hemmed in on all sides by dramatic rice terraces, Banaue is directly accessible from Manila and, as such, can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by visitors. It’s hard to blame them: the local mud-walled rice terraces have a pleasing, organic quality that differentiates them from the stone-walled terraces in most of the Cordillera. World Heritage listed, they are impressive not only for their chiseled beauty but because they were introduced around 2000 years ago by the Chinese.
The Ifugao, once headhunters, built the terraces and were as skilled at carving wood as they were at carving terraces. Their carved bulol statues are a Philippine icon, albeit a misunderstood one: bulol are rice guardians, not rice gods, as many would have you believe. While Banaue remains the centre of the rich Ifugao culture, tourism now shapes the town. Fortunately, it,s easy to leave much of the crowd behind by escaping to remote villages like Kambulo and Pula, which have their own incredible rice terraces.
Day 3 Cambulo (B, L, D)
For today, we will visit the highland village of Cambulo. Cambulo is a picturesque Ifugao village nestled at the foot of a mountain range. The Ifugao thatched huts are well preserved. The local folks, especially the children are very hospitable. The trek to Cambulo requires us to climb the stairway-to-heaven rice terraces of Batad. We crossed a stream as we descended and traversed the hillside of another mountain. Trek is about 4 hours. We will stay at Cambulo for the night.
Day 3 Batad (B, L, D)
Today, we will visit the UNESCO Heritage Village of Batad. Batad’s terraces are stone walled unlike the earthen walled terraces in other areas. There are neither roads nor vehicles in the Batad valley and so the only form of transport is the human leg. Virtually everything, from bottled water to sacks of cement, enters the valley on the backs of residents walking its many footpaths. We will spend the night here.
Day 4 Batad (B, L, D)
Today, we continue with your Cultural Immersion with the locals of Batad. You will participate in some day to day activities such as farming, preparing food and doing rituals.
Day 5 Batad (B, L, D)
Today, we will visit a local school for some volunteer works. We will do story-telling to the children as well as facilitate in some school activities.
Day 6 Batad to Manila (B, L, D)
We leave Batad after breakfast and we proceed to Manila. Overnight at Remington Hotel. For dinner, we will treat you to a Filipino Style Dinner at Mabuhay Restop. Itâ€™s a dinner and cultural show rolled into one!
Day 7 Manila (B, -, -)
Breakfast, check out at 12nn. Our friendly guide will bring you to the airport for your flight back home. We take pleasure to have met and served you. We give you our sweetest smiles of thanks and gratitude as you go back home. We hope you come back soon!
1. Y-LIEP are designed for students at least 15 years old and above. However, minors must have their Guardian’s Consent.
2. This tour can be extended for maximum of 15D14N.
3. Additional activities will include community immersion as well as visiting schools.
4. Please coordinate with us for customized itinerary.
5. Minimum of 15 paying participants to run the tour.
6. Maximum of 45 paying participants per tour group per travel date.
7. FOC is 1:15. FOC should be Faculty Chaperon.
8. 50% downpayment is required 2 months prior to travel date.
9. Balance must be paid 15 days prior to travel date or full payment upon arrival in Manila.
10. During finalization, please send through email scanned biopage of passport for insurance purposes.
11. VISA, where required, will be on pax account
1. All accommodation
2. All meals (Halal available) with daily bottled water
3. All local transportation
4. English speaking guide/facilitator
5. All related immersion activities and fees
7. Others souvenir t-shirt, local sim card, tour ID, documentation
International airfare, gratuities, personal things, laundry, phone bills, and the like
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As safety is our primary concern, we require all participants to be physically, mentally and emotionally fit to join our tours. Also, we ensure safety by having onboard nurse in all our trips. Our Guides and facilitators are trained with Basic Safety Procedures and First Aid. All our tours are also coordinated with local authorities in the communities we will visit to ensure success of our tour programs.