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Cordillera

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30 travelers at this place:

  • Day8

    Tag 8/9: Tinglayan (Poblacion/Buscalan)

    January 16, 2017 on the Philippines

    _Tag 8_
    13:00 Uhr rüber ins nächste barangay "Poblacion" gelaufen und dort die Schule besucht, die von Otmars "Philippinenhilfe Tettnang e.V." unterstützt wird.

    _Tag 9_
    Muskelkatergeplagt sind wir wieder durch Reisterrassen und dichten Dschungel gewandert, haben eine traditionelle Tattookünstlerin getroffen (uns dann aber doch alle nicht getraut, keine Sorge Mama 😋) und uns noch im Dorf verabschiedet.
    Morgen geht es weiter, hoffentlich mit WLAN, denn von Tinglayan konnten wir uns, wie ihr gemerkt habt, leider nicht melden.
    (Route: Buscalan - Butbut Proper - Ngibat)
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  • Day10

    Tag 10: Sagada

    January 18, 2017 on the Philippines

    Tag 10 also :D morgens verließen wir das kleine Luplupla und verabschiedeten uns von allen.
    Unser Ziel lautete Sagada, eine Stadt etwas südlicher, wo es wunderschöne Höhlen geben sollte.
    Dort angekommen buchten wir auch gleich eine Tour. Diese führte uns nur mit einer Petroleum Lampe bestückt durch riesige Höhlen 😍 Barfuß durch unterirdische "Seen", steile Abhänge hinunter und wieder herauf... ein geiles Abenteuer und schon ein bisschen gruselig! Aber wir kamen alle heil wieder ans Tageslicht und waren um ein tolles Erlebnis reicher 😊Read more

  • Day6

    Willkommen in Banaue!

    May 10, 2017 on the Philippines

    Nach 9h Busfahrt von Manila aus haben wir das wunderschöne Banaue erreicht! Die Reisterrassen hier sind wirklich atemberaubend. Heute wandern wir durch die Reisterrassen im Nachbardorf Batad 💪🏼😊

  • Day5

    Tag 5: Tinglayan (Luplupa)

    January 13, 2017 on the Philippines

    Am ersten richtigen Tag in Tinglayan sind wir auf Erkundungstour durchs Dorf, an den Fluss und ans andere Ufer😜 gegangen.

    Als es dann aber zu heiß wurde, mussten wir die für beendet erklären und sind im Dorf einigen der Ureinwohner über den Weg gelaufen, die grad ihren Peace Pact mit einem anderen Stamm feierten.
    Eine der Frauen hat uns was vorgesungen und wir haben alle meine Entchen zum Besten gegeben, als traditionelles deutsches Lied😊

    Nach dem Abendessen (Kässpätzle, zur allgemeinen Freude), wurden wir nochmal zu dem Fest eingeladen. Wir haben ewigen Reden auf Tagalog (Sprache hier) gelauscht, nochmal deutsche Lieder vorgesungen und getanzt und galten als "the three german sisters" 🤗
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  • Day4

    Tag 4: Die Fahrt nach Tinglayan

    January 12, 2017 on the Philippines

    Die Fahrt nach Tinglayan dauerte etwa 3 Stunden und führte uns durch die Berge, die so viel Grün beinhalteten, dass wir uns wie im Regenwald fühlten 😍
    Zu 4. auf der Rückbank war es eng aber machbar und das kleine Highlight der Fahrt war ein mini Restaurant (wirklich mini!) namens San Francisco 😄
    Gegen halb 2 kamen wir gut in unserem barangay namens Luplupa an 💪("barangay" heißen die Stadtbezirke von der Provinz Tinglayan).
    Grüßle und uns geht's guut 😎😚
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  • Day6

    Tag 6: Tinglayan (Ambato)

    January 14, 2017 on the Philippines

    Guten Morgen 😊
    Wir starteten unseren Tag etwas ungewöhnlich mit Reis und restlichen Spätzle 👍
    gesättigt machten wir uns auf den Weg in eines der nahegelegenen barangay, nach "Ambato". Durch wunderschönen Dschungel und Reisterassen wanderten wir, angeführt vom legendären Filippino-Guide Victor 😎

    Abends war der zweite Teil des "Peace-Pact"-Festes, und wir tanzten mit den Einheimischen ihre mysteriösen Tänze 🤔💃 es war aber ein einmaliges Erlebnis und sehr lustig 😅👌Read more

  • Day7

    Tag 7: Tinglayan (Tulgao)

    January 15, 2017 on the Philippines

    9:00 Uhr mit dem Pfarrer des Dorfes in das barangay "Tulgao" gefahren, auf 1.400 Höhenmeter, über eine nicht genau definierte Straße die Berge hoch (bei Regen☔).

    11:00 Uhr wir wurden auf eine philippinische Hochzeit eingeladen 🎉👰 super Stimmung, viele schöne Lieder, Tanzfest und "All you can eat"-Buffet danach ~ und schon ziemlich cool, dass wir da dabei sein durften 😍

    Dann Tour durch die Reisfelder mit dem Ziel: 30m-Wasserfall und heiße Quellen. Angekommen, gebadet, wieder zurück 🤗😂Read more

  • Day4

    Tag 4: Tinglayan (Überblick)

    January 12, 2017 on the Philippines

    13:30 Uhr Ankunft in Tinglayan

    Über eine nicht vertrauenserweckende Hängebrücke ins Riverside Inn, dem Gast- & Wohnhaus von Otl und Isabell.
    Die Brücke führt über den "Chico River", Luplupa liegt östlich davon.

    Das Foto zeigt die Stadt Tinglayan, den Chico River und all die "barangays", also Stadtbezirke von Tinglayan.
    Es soll als Überblick dienen, wenn wir die nächsten Tage die barangays hier besuchen 😊💡

    Abends wurden wir von Isabells Schwester, also einer einheimischen Filippina, zum Essen zu sich nach Hause eingeladen. 😍 Es gab Reis, Schweinefleisch (mit bisschen viel Fett) und grünes Gemüse. 👌
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  • Day66

    Hello Banaue!

    June 5 on the Philippines

    Day 1
    I took a let morning flight to Manila and arrived around 12:30. I had been advised by fellow travellers to avoid Manila and spend my time elsewhere in the Philippines so I booked a bus ticket for that afternoon to the north of Luzon island to Banaue, home to a UNESCO world heritage rice terrace (yes another one). My bus wasn’t until 8pm but I decided to just get a grab taxi (Asia’s version of Uber) to the bus station anyway and find somewhere nearby to wait (hopefully find WiFi and food). My first impression of Manila during that taxi ride was it is BUSY! So many people and cars everywhere! When i got to the “bus station”, aka parking lot in random suburb (all bus companies have their own bus depots so there’s not just one main bus station in the city) I picked up my ticket and asked if there was anywhere I could wait. I was then given directions to a nearby mall. That first afternoon I learnt that although the Philippines is a developing country, and the streets are what you’d expect from that, if you go into any mall in any city here you could be in any city in America. Outside it’s all run down buildings and street markets, and inside the mall it’s Starbucks, sketchers and a cinema. It’s very bizarre. I also learnt in my few hours waiting for the bus that pretty much everyone in the Philippines speaks English (also due to the large American influence in the country). It was finally time to get the bus to Banaue (no more nice train journeys for me). The bus ride was overnight and for the first two hours they played Skyfall (though the volume was so low no one could really hear it). I managed to sleep most of the way which was good.

    Day 2
    I arrived in Banaue at 5am and was met off the bus by a driver from the hostel I had booked. Before I got on his trike I had to pay a small fee to the Banaue tourism board for conservation of the area. We then took the short 30 second journey to my hostel (seriously I could’ve walked it in 2 minutes) where my very kind host let me go straight to sleep and said I could check in later. After a very welcome three hour nap I was ready to start exploring Banaue. I decided to ignore all the waiting trike drivers offering to drive me to the various view points of the rice terraces and walk to the route myself. And boy I am so glad I did. It took me about two hours to walk to all the way to the main view point along the main road, but on the way I passed 6 other view points all with amazing views. This was nothing like the Longji rice terraces. It was so green it was like a feast for the eyes. Even the views between the official view points were stunning. I spent the whole two hour walk thinking how amazing it was and taking photo after photo. Halfway up I met two lovely Philippino girls (Arielle and Daniela) who helped me take my staple jumping shot (thanks girls!). When I got to the main viewpoint I had a much needed drink break and consulted my trusted Maps.me app to see what to do next. I saw that there was a footpath that went down into the rice terrace and up the other side that looped back to the village. I asked the owner of the shop I was in if it was ok for me to walk the track and she said absolutely, just ask the locals I pass which way to go. Sounded good to me! I followed the steps all the way down to the bottom of the terrace, crossed over a small bride and started following the path along and up the irrigation of the various rice pools (not sure what the technical term is). After about 20 minutes I came across a small farm house and a local man came out and greeted me. I said “Banaue?” And he said “yes mam you follow the path, when you get to the bottom you see two paths, you go up, not flat, you go up”. I thanked him and went on my way. At the bottom I did indeed see two paths and I took the left one which ”went up”. Let me tell you that path was pretty damn steep! I was practically rock climbing up it instead of walking. At this point I thought maybe doing this walk alone wasn’t the best idea, but I was too far in to turn back now (and there was no way I could climb back down this section!). Finally I reached the top and the path became wider and started to follow the irrigation. For the next hour and a half I followed the path through varying widths of irrigation (trying not to fall into the rice pools). At one point it started to rain and again I questioned why I was doing this. But I had my raincoat and soldiered on. And the views were pretty stunning. Eventually I started to see more houses, asking each person that I saw “banaue?” And getting nods of encouragement as I went. Finally after a 5 hour round trip I reached the village again, pretty hungry but also pretty chuffed that I had completed my trek. I found a local cafe for dinner and then headed back to my quiet hostel for an early night.

    Day 3
    I woke up early to the sound of voices outside my room. It looked like my quiet hostel had some more guests. I went out and said hello to the four new people, two English guys a french guy and a french girl. We spent the morning swapping travel stories and trying to decided what to do today. The two english boys wanted to rent bikes and drove around the area. I wasn’t so keen as they had only learnt to drive bikes while travelling. We went into the village anyway to see if we could find anything. Unfortunately for them (fortunately for me) this wasn’t really the place to rent bikes, well at least not the automatic ones the guy were used to. Instead we decided to follow the main road in the other direction from the main rice terrace to a small natural pool we were told we could swim in. It took almost an hour to walk there and I’m not going to lie it was a bit of a disappointment. It was a very small rock pool in the middle of a small river. We also discovered that the water was absolutely freezing! And unfortunately by this point it was overcast so it wasn’t even that hot outside to make the pool a nice place to cool down. Nevertheless we had walked all the way there so we manned up and got in. It took me at least 10 minutes linger than the others to work myself up to getting in, and when I did I nearly died of shock it was that cold. And unlike most places you swim the initial shock or cold took a good 2 minutes to wear off. We stayed in the pool for around 20 minutes until it started to rain (on queue at 2pm). Luckily for us there was a small cafe right next to the pool where we took shelter and had a pretty tasty meal of noodles and vegetables. After the rain died down we headed back to the village where I got some snacks for my bus journey that evening. It was then back to the hostel to pack and wait for my bus back to Manila.

    So there you have my first three days in the Philippines.

    Next stop Bohol island.

    Paalam!
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  • Day5

    Hapao, Philippines

    November 7, 2016 on the Philippines

    Day Two Trek through Hapao rice terraces to the natural hot springs.

    We meandered along the narrow concrete passage ways for three hours until we reached the hot springs.
    At some points on our journey, looking down was not an option, it you fell one way was mud, the other was death.

    We stripped off and precariously stepped in to the hot bath temperature water. The combination of hot water and eggy sulphurous air took some getting used to, but eventually I relaxed on one of the smooth boulders and listened gushing white water behind.

    The highlight of the day for me was not the the hot springs but snaking through the landscape we had been gazing at 3 hours before... We were in the vista.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cordillera Administrative Region, Cordillera, Administratibong Rehiyon Kordilyera, Regió Administrativa de la Cordillera, Administratibong Rehiyon sa Cordillera, Kordilera Administra Regiono, La Cordillera, Cordilleran hallinnollinen alue, Région administrative de la Cordillère, Administrativna regija Cordillera, Rehion Administratibo ti Kordiliera, Regione Amministrativa Cordillera, コルディリェラ行政地域, 코르디예라 행정구, Kordiljeros administracinis regionas, Кордилјера, Cordillera Hêng-chèng Toā-khu, Labuad Administratibu ning Cordillera, Região Administrativa de Cordillera, Кордильерский административный регион, Kordiljärernas administrativa region, கோர்டில்லெரா நிர்வாகப் பிராந்தியம், Rehiyong Pampangasiwaan ng Cordillera, کوردیلیرا انتظامی علاقہ, Vùng Hành chính Cordillera, Administratibo nga Rehiyon han Cordillera, 科迪勒拉行政區

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