International Backpacking Trips
Oct 26 - Nov 4 2019
Morocco is a gateway to Africa, and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you'll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality
Sagada is a truly majestic place with crisp air and expansive views. Have breakfast and their world-class coffee with the ancient rice terraces of Banaue as your background. Go spelunking into the depths and darkness of Sumaguing Cave. Hike to the cool and refreshing waters of Bomod-ok Falls. End your trip with a visit to Sagada's famous hanging coffins at Echo Valley. You'll leave with wonder and appreciation for Philippine culture and natural beauty.
Kalinga can be found deep within the mountains of northern Luzon. It is home to Whang-Od, the last mambabatok, a traditional tattoo artist from this area. This adventure will lead you up and down rice terraces, mountain trails and finally, to a remote village on a hillside. Here, you'll meet the centenarian sharing her art to those willing to make the journey.
Batad is a remote village in the Ifugao Province known for its stunning rice terraces. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage site, many visitors come to enjoy the crisp air and the awe-inspiring view. Take a 2-3hr hike (round-trip from Batad) to Tappiya Falls, a ~230ft majestic waterfall. After a day of adventure, relax at a local inn where you can enjoy this marvel as the sun slowly sets.
Known as the "playground of the gods", Mt. Pulag reaches 2,922 meters above sea level. Being the highest point in Luzon, the trek offers adventurers a breathtaking experience. Both in the climb and the view, you will feel what it is like to be above the clouds. At near-freezing temperatures, the path winds through pine trees and grasslands. Finally at the summit, take in your reward - a most magnificent sunrise.
Banaue Rice Terraces IFugao
Banaue terraces, 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of the Cordilleras by the Ifugaos. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World”, and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The terraces, built by hand are located approximately 1500 meters (5000 ft) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometers (about 4000 square miles) of mountainside.
Day trip to Batangas for an easy mountain trek then swim at the birthplace of Philippine scuba diving. Enjoy a beginner-friendly hike to Mt. Gulugod Baboy with clear views of Batangas Bay and various surrounding islands nearby. Refreshed from the views, have lunch and swim at Philpan Dive Resort in Anilao. Anilao is known to be where scuba diving first started in the Philippines so see how many exotic fish you can find!
Laguna is known for its historical sites and its natural wonders. On this adventure, trek to three majestic waterfalls in the heart of the province. Swim in the various pools from your first waterfall sighting at Talay Falls. Take a small trek upwards to Hidden Falls where you can sit and feel the rushing waters on your back. Lastly, enjoy the grandeur and immensity of Hulugan Falls. Gazing at the cascading waters will leave you breathless!
Traverse through unpaved roads with a monster jeepney to find this stunning waterfall in the province of Abra. Hang on tight as the jeepney ride is an adventure in itself! Once you arrive at the falls, it is 500 meters long of absolute wonder. Like rice terraces, stare as the waters flow from step to step, creating ever-changing pools. Conclude with a side trip to Vigan as you walk through the historic streets of Calle Crisologo.
A thrilling adventure awaits for those daring enough to explore the Masungi Georeserve. With parts of the path going through a rope course, participants will test their mental fortitude as they are suspended above the ground. The rewards are well worth it with 360-degree views of the surrounding rainforests of Rizal and a unique bonding experience to share with new and old friends.
Ready to climb the highest mountain in the Philippines? Standing at 9,692 ft, Mt. Apo towers over the southern tip of Mindanao. Climbers up to the challenge go through a spectrum of landscapes from rivers, lakes and forests to swamps, volcanic structures and hot springs. It is a beautiful and challenging 3-day experience culminating with the sunrise at the summit.
Pico de Loro
Standing at 664 meters above sea level, Mt. Pico de Loro is a good challenge for beginner mountain climbers. Known as "Parrot's Peak" and being the highest point in Cavite, you'll get a 360-degree view of the landscape of Batangas, Cavite and the South China Sea. This is an adventure well worth the day trip!
Take a breather from busy Metro Manila and enjoy the peace and quiet of Tinipak River in Tanay, Rizal. Enjoy the unique rock formations as you relax in the refreshing river. Go cliff jumping if you want to get your adrenaline pumping! Explore Tinipak Cave where you can swim in the natural spring inside. To end the day, take a side trip to Pililla where you can see their giant windmills.
Perfect for weekend warriors and beginner climbing enthusiasts, Mt. Batulao is a sweet escape from the bustling city. With rolling hills and superb, panoramic views, it's a popular mountain to climb due to the easiness of the path. Grass-lined paths with miles of countryside as your backdrop, Mt. Batulao is a must for any adventurer!
The view from the top of Taal Volcano is amazing but the journey to get there is half the fun! After a short 1.5 hour scenic van ride from Metro Manila, begin your adventure by taking a boat to cross Taal Lake. Either trek or take a horse through the secret path to the top of Volcano Island. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the breathtaking Batangas landscape. Finally, head down into the volcano for a warm swim in the wondrous crater lake.
Go on an off-road 4x4 adventure to Mt. Pinatubo, the volcano with the second largest eruption of the 20th century. The adventure starts on a sturdy 4x4, passing through the rough terrain of Crow Valley Canyon. Next is a trek over rivers and through lahar formations as you arrive to the beautiful Pinatubo Lake. Relax with the walls of the caldera around you, gazing out at the ever-changing waters of the volcanic lake.
Located in Tanay, Rizal, Mt. Nagpatong, provides a perfect day trip challenge of both hiking and rock-climbing. Views of different rock formations will welcome you as you go along your trek. Brave your way on top of the monolith made up of several layers of limestones, and enjoy the breathtaking view of Rizal province.
Chasing Waterfalls: Hulugan Falls + Shooting the Rapids at Pagsanjan Falls
Experience the beauty and power of natural waterfalls within a day’s reach of Metro Manila. In the heart of Laguna, you’ll find the impressive and mesmerizing Hulugan Falls. Take a quick swim and gaze at the immense cascading waters. The next adventure will be to Pagsanjan Falls for its unique canoe experience through fourteen rapids. A waterproof camera is a must! Lastly, relax with Aling Taleng's famously delicious halo-halo to top off the trip.