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"The Eighth Wonder of the World" the spiny Cordilleras Central mountains lure those who like to get active in the fresh air, with wonderful hiking, biking and caving locations.

The country’s only land-locked region is also one of its most lightly populated areas, across its six provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province.

It’s not the easiest of regions to get around due to its isolated communities and terrain of mainly steep slopes and mountain ranges.

This is also a fascinating region from a cultural point of view thanks to several fascinating burial sites and to the presence of tribes maintaining their traditional ways of life.

Hiking, caving and swimming in waterfalls await those who seek out this inland region, which is scantily populated save in Tabuk and Baguio City. The latter is the Philippines’ summer capital due to its elevated location and hence milder temperatures – its historic Burnham Park is popular for its lagoon, orchidarium and picnic grove. The Cordilleras is a great place to combine cultural discovery with outdoors activities since many of the province’s most important heritage sites are in spectacular natural settings.

THINGS TO DO IN THE CORDILLERAS

  • Walk through the rice terraces in the provinces of Ifugao (Mayoyao, Hungduan, Kiangan), Mountain Province, Kalinga and other provinces.
  • Hike up Mt Timbak to see the unique Fire Mummies in their natural caves.
  • Trek up Mt Pulag, Mt Ugo and Mt Ulap in Benguet for views down over a ‘sea of clouds’.
  • See centuries-old coffins in Lumiang Burial Cave then spelunk in nearby Sumanguing Cave.
  • Discover the hanging coffins suspended high on the cliffs in Echo Valley in Sagada.
  • Swim in the natural pools of Bomod-ok Falls.
  • Tour the BenCab Museum, Baguio City, with its works by Ben Cabrera and other Filipino artists.
  • Visit the Bontoc Museum showcasing the heritage of the region’s indigenous peoples. Admire the Ifugao woodcarvings in the Museum of Cordillera Sculpture.
  • Take in the ethnography displays in the Saint Louis University Museum of Arts & Cultures and Museo Kordilyera at the University of the Philippines Baguio.
  • Tour Tam-awan Village – an Artists Gallery in Baguio City, which uniquely blends indigenous aesthetics and exquisite Cordilleran craftsmanship in an artist’s concept for a village adapted to its setting.

 

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i love the cordillera region...fresh air, amazing preserved culture, there are so many things about to learn from this region that was not written on the Philippine grade school textbooks, buti pa sa ibang bansa may written textbooks sila about the the cordillera cultures  like the textbook of fr. lambrech . i think the title was uggayam or the book about the ifugao culture. marami pa things to do sa cordillera. include meeting the tattoo artist from tinglayan. 

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25 minutes ago, motballs said:

hello. any suggeations on what to do in buscalan kalinga? heard of wang od tattoo.. what else? ty

bro , you may try tasting their delicacies like the itag they may call, a meat that has been hanged out dried thru out the seasons with salt only. also have sip on their hot fresh coffee. eat some of the fresh foods they have. you may try hike the mountain and enjoy the view of the mountainous cordillera with them if you have personal tour guide out there. you may also enjoy their special tea if it is available. you may try also experiencing their way of living with their culture if you want just like going to plant rice seedlings, gather pilipit or the black kuhol, catch fish in the river, etc. likewise in the afternoon or evening have a drinking session with some friendly folks out there , try to taste their basi alcohol if they have , the alternative is GIN however hehehehe or if they have rice wine available also. some of the products are almost out of stock due to many tourist arriving in that area. nway enjoy the ride and good luck. caution: just be friendly no matter what. :)

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17 hours ago, drivebyshooter said:

Hello, can anyone recommend any good beaches in Sagada or Baguio? 

i think they have beaches on the top of the mountains but they do have resorts perhaps. in baguio you can travel in the asin road for the nature hot spring they have. but in sagada, im not familiar with it if they have available resorts. perhaps they do have now, but i think they will bring you the the natural water falls they have in sagada, ive herad that one after traveling all the fro  tabuk to bontoc then going up to sagada cave and hanging coffins. 

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On 5/26/2022 at 6:12 AM, motballs said:

noted sir! will provide feedback when i get back. thanks again!

glad i went to buscalan - ttd- enjoy the hike, get a tat from Apo Wang Od and her grandkids, take pics, and "chill" with the locals. :) tea and cookies not avail.... sad 

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THINGS TO DO IN THE CORDILLERAS

  • Walk through the rice terraces in the provinces of Ifugao (Mayoyao, Hungduan, Kiangan), Mountain Province, Kalinga and other provinces.
  • Hike up Mt Timbak to see the unique Fire Mummies in their natural caves.
  • Trek up Mt Pulag, Mt Ugo and Mt Ulap in Benguet for views down over a ‘sea of clouds’.
  • See centuries-old coffins in Lumiang Burial Cave then spelunk in nearby Sumanguing Cave.
  • Discover the hanging coffins suspended high on the cliffs in Echo Valley in Sagada.
  • Swim in the natural pools of Bomod-ok Falls.
  • Tour the BenCab Museum, Baguio City, with its works by Ben Cabrera and other Filipino artists.
  • Visit the Bontoc Museum showcasing the heritage of the region’s indigenous peoples. Admire the Ifugao woodcarvings in the Museum of Cordillera Sculpture.
  • Take in the ethnography displays in the Saint Louis University Museum of Arts & Cultures and Museo Kordilyera at the University of the Philippines Baguio.
  • Tour Tam-awan Village – an Artists Gallery in Baguio City, which uniquely blends indigenous aesthetics and exquisite Cordilleran craftsmanship in an artist’s concept for a village adapted to its setting.
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