Duration: Depart Saturday, return Tuesday (= 4 days/3 nights)
This SHARED tour departs only every Saturday, in period Dec 1- May 31.
Route Summary : Manila – Banaue – Batad Village – Banaue – Sagada – Bontoc – Banaue – Manila.
4 Days / 3 Nights SHARED Banaue and Sagada Tour. Depart only every Saturday in period Dec 1- May 31
This shared tour departs every Saturday and adds a fourth day to the 3 days/2 nights shared Banaue Escape Tour for those with a little more time. We will use the fourth day to drive from Banaue to Sagada, while visiting Bontoc’s tribal museum along the way, with artifacts and unique pictures from the mountain tribes, returning to Banaue the same day.
Sagada is known for the ancient burial caves mummified coffins.
Saturday : Manila-Banaue
06:30 – depart Manila for Banaue via Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcay and stopping at San Jose for lunch (at own expense). We then stop at one of the scenic look out points along Dalton Pass followed by late afternoon arrival in Banaue.
En route, visit the Ifugao Museum and Surrender Site of General Yamashita. General Tomoyuki Yamashita of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines surrendered September 2, 1945 in the Kiangan Central School where now the Kiangan shrine is placed. He was then taken to Baguio City where his formal surrender was staged, tried for war crimes, and hanged in Los Banos in 1946.
Sunday : 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 bodies at Sugong & Echo Valley. Under guidance of a local English speaking guide you will glimpse Lumiang Burial Cave which houses more than 100 coffins are stacked in the entrance. The oldest around 500 years old. Many of them have images of lizards carved on them which are symbols of fertility and long life.
We then enter the impressive Sumaguing Cave, known for it’s rock formations and impressive chambers.
Visit Bontoc’s tribal Museum on the way back, with artifacts and unique pictures from the mountain tribes.
Stop at the Viewpoint to admire the Terraces. Return to Banaue for dinner and overnight.
Monday : Banaue – Batad Village
08:00 – We have an early breakfast and then you depart with your English-speaking local guide. From Banaue to Batad is approximately 16 kms away, the first 14 kms of the which will be traveled by our privately chartered local jeepney. The rest of the distance is on foot using a mountain trail. The trip to Barangay Batad in Banaue, to witness the amphitheater shaped terraces located at 3600 ft., it takes only a 30 minutes hike.
We stop at the panoramic Banaue viewpoint at 4800 ft. that provides a perfect experience of the enormity & extent of the terraces followed by a visit to the Banaue Museum. Banaue Museum features a decades-old books by anthropologist Otley Beyer and Igorot artifacts collected by his son William. The museum is on two floors featuring weaponry, jewellery, traditional dress and photographs of Banaue 100 years ago.
Time permitting we can stop at the market and souvenir shop before dinner.
Tuesday : Banaue – Manila
Leave at 08:00 am after breakfast. In San Jose, stop for lunch arriving in Manila at approximately 18:30 pm, depending on the weather and traffic conditions.