The Magic Mountains of the Cordilleras, The Philippines

The Magic Mountains of the Cordilleras, The Philippines

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The Philippines is boasting its turquoise waters and pristine beaches. Millions of tourists visit this tropical paradise to bask under the sun and indulge in its picturesque beaches. However, travellers do not know that the Philippines is not only about its islands, it also has its breathtaking mountains.

Sunrise in Kalinga

Cordilleras Region is found at the northern part of Luzon, Philippines, and it is consisted of provinces near or on top of the mountains. Some of the most popular places to visit are Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Benguet. These provinces are known for their rich ethnic culture, scenic spots, and cool weather.

Kalinga in the Cordilleras Region

Apo Whang Od during her “batok “ or hand-poke tattoo session

One can take a red-eye bus trip from Manila to Kalinga to see Apo Whang Od. Apo Whang Od is almost 100 years old and known as the oldest and last “mambabatok” or traditional tattooist in the Philippines. She uses ashes, bamboo, and thorn of pomelo plant for her hand-poke tattoos. Tourists from all over the world flock to the elusive Buscalan Village in Kalinga to have a taste of history, pride, and culture through Whang Od’s tattoo art.

Batad, Banaue

Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue, Ifugao, a UNESCO Heritage Site

Banaue is home for its World-renowned rice terraces. One of them is the breathtaking amphitheater rice terraces of Batad. Travellers can experience this beauty and walk along the walls of its thousand year old terraces and hike to Tappiya waterfalls for a refreshing dip. To top the experience, visitors are recommended go top loading or riding on the roof of a public jeepney without comfortable chair and ceiling. This is the best and most exciting way to travel going to Batad and anywhere around the Cordilleras.

Sagada, Mountain Province

Sea of Clouds during the Panoramic Sunrise in Kiltepan, Sagada

Nestled in the Mountain Province, Sagada is a haven for adventurous souls. From beginner-friendly to challenging hikes, trekking to the waterfalls, spelunking and caving, sunrise viewing, hanging coffin and burial cave hunting, Sagada offers endless choices of outdoor activities. This place is also best for its chill ambience and cooler weather.

Baguio City, Benguet

Cordillera Mountain ranges as seen from Mines View Park in Baguio City

Finally, Baguio is the most popular and populous city in the Cordilleras is. It is a go-to destination because of its weather and fun activities. Tourists can go biking and boating in Burnham Park and horseback riding on Camp John Hay. They can also try Baguio tree top adventure, stroll through the pine trees in Mines View Parks, and indulge in scrumptious food and colorful parties. One should never miss Baguio when visiting Benguet.

Cordillera promises to impart unique culture and exciting memories to travellers. With its diverse and stunning sights, the mountains of Cordilleras will definitely enchant visitors because of the adventures it promises.