Trek through the Philippines' Cordillera and marvel at its natural and cultural heritage. Discover famous rice terraces, quaint villages, sacred waterfalls and rivers, extensive cave systems, and the hanging coffins of Echo Valley.


  • Explore the famous Banaue Rice Terraces carved into the mountains of Ifugao
  • Meet indigenous people of the mountain region and learn their customs
  • Spend the night in Batad—a village within a rice terrace amphitheater
  • Discover Sagada's hanging coffins, displayed high on cliffs

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Manila, Overnight to Banaue Banaue
Day 2 Hike to Batad Batad
Day 3 Visit Bontoc, Transfer to Sagada Sagada
Day 4 Explore Sagada  Sagada
Day 5 Discover the Sumaguing caves, Overnight Bus to Manila Sagada
Day 6 Depart Manila  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Manila, Overnight to Banaue

Banaue village homes, Philippines
Banaue village homes and rice terraces

Welcome to the Philippines. Upon arrival, you'll board an overnight bus and make your way through winding mountain roads. When you wake, you'll meet your guide in Banaue, home to the famous rice terraces often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. 

Day 2: Hike to Batad

Tappiya Falls, Batad Philippines
Tappiya Falls

This morning you'll trek to Batad, a village within an amphitheater of rice terraces. Hike amid ancient rice paddies as you work your way to the Tappiya waterfalls before retiring for the evening in Batad.

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Day 3: Visit Bontoc, Transfer to Sagada

En route to Sagada
En route to Sagada

Today you'll hike out of Batad and then drive the scenic road to Sagada. Along the way, stop in Bontoc to learn about the customs of the Indigenous people of the mountain region. Once in Sagada, you'll have the opportunity for a quick overview tour of the village and its picturesque surroundings.

Day 4: Explore Sagada

Inside the Lumiang Cave
Inside the Lumiang Cave

Today is a full day of discovery, exploring Sagada's many attractions. These include a sacred waterfall, the hanging coffins of Echo Valley, an underground river, and local handicraft shops.

Day 5: Discover the Sumaguing Caves, Overnight Bus to Manila

Trek through the Sumaguing caves
Trek through the Sumaguing caves

Saving the best for last, spend an exhilarating morning underground traversing a bizarrely beautiful cave system of Sumaguing.

In the afternoon, say goodbye to the Cordillera mountains and catch your overnight bus back to Manila.

Day 6: Depart Manilla

Church of San Agustin, Manila, Philippines
Church of San Agustin, Manila

you'll arrive at the same bus station where the trip started very early in the morning. Depending on your departure details, you may wish to explore more of Manila before catching your return flight home.

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Map of The Cordillera: Banaue, Batad & Sagada - 6 Days
Map of The Cordillera: Banaue, Batad & Sagada - 6 Days