Philippines vacation, small group adventure

“Two weeks of intense culture and nature in Luzon and Palawan, with bike rides and boat cruises, caving and cultural museums. Small group vacations ensure you cover plenty of ground – and ocean.”

Highlights

Bamboo bike tour of Manila | Gawad Kalinga “Enchanted Farm” | Bacolor, Banaue – a town under volcanic ash | Hike around rice terraces in Batad | Swim in Tappiyah Falls | Bangaan village | “Sleeping Beauty” mountain range | Meet a traditional tattoo artist | Bontoc Museum of Mountain Culture | Vigan | Sitio Remedios | Puerto Princesa, Palawan | Underground River | Ugong Rock | Birding at El Nido

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Responsible tourism: Philippines vacation, small group adventure

Environment

When traveling in a country such as the Philippines that has few if any tourists, there is an additional responsibility on us as a company and on our clients visiting the country to do everything possible to minimise our impact. We do everything possible to reduce our waste while traveling, using local cafes and restaurants, for example at Café Leona located on the ground floor of a traditional Vigan house.

We also work extremely closely with our locally owned suppliers to inform and educate their staff about a range of issues, including litter and waste disposal, and the recycling of material. Clients are advised to bring their own water bottles rather than purchase plastic.

Wherever possible we use environmentally friendly local accommodation. If this is not possible we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question to ways of improving their service with the environment in mind. Many of the hotels and lodges we use are in extremely remote areas and are therefore almost entirely self-sufficient, using local sources of food, labour and construction materials.

Community

Our very small groups and limited departures in the Philippines means that our impact – both cultural and environmental – on the areas that we visit is small and truly sustainable. We are investing in the future, in the belief that along with our local colleagues we can create sustainable social benefits. All of the guides we use are local, and most have been working with our local team in a full time role for a number of years, rather than just as seasonal jobs.

Our suppliers in the Philippines are small and locally owned, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. We also feel that the passion inherent within our local team means that your experience will be enhanced.

All of our trips include visits to local markets, craft shops and fairs. As well as being good for the local economy this gives travelers to the country a real feel for the life and culture of Haiti. A highlight for many on the tour is Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm. This is a prototype of a sustainable community dedicated to ending poverty by empowering people to develop useful skills. We spend time discovering how the lives of the residents here have benefited from the enterprise, and have the opportunity to assist in the activities such as organic farming, cheese-making, making toys, etc. We will sample farm to table meals prepared by the Enchanted Farm residents.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


1. Hiking in the Cordillera rice terraces - fabulous scenery. 2. The people - so polite and happy. 3. Lack of tourists in rural areas - it's all very new to the locals. 4. It's dirt cheap, but don't expect luxury!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


1. Go with an open mind and just do it! 2. It's not for the faint hearted, it's very basic outside of tourist areas. 3. Food very sweet and fatty - they eat what ever is available including dogs. 4. Accommodation even at the high end - basic.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


1. Definitely - although pollination from traffic is high! 2. Little infrastructure to deal with tourists - lots of building El Nido which appears chaotic.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic experience - it's a destination that's new for many westerners - go before it gets spoilt!!!

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