Explore Philippines Program In partnership with AIESEC
Local economic development through sustainable tourism
EXPLORE PHILIPPINES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AIESEC
Explore Philippines • Aims to document Route +63′s destinations to create a bigger market for our community-based partners and to increase awareness on local issues • The first batch of exchange participants (EPs) from January-February 2014 came from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Netherlands. The 2nd batch from June-July 2014 came from Bulgaria, Germany, UK, Poland, France, Russia, Malaysia, China, Mexico, Finland, Ukraine, Indonesia and USA. • In addition to seeing beautiful places around the country, exchange participants will also spend time volunteering in local efforts organized by Route +63′s partners.
Travel Itinerary DATE July 14-20 July 21 July 23 July 25-28 August 2 August 5-11 August 15-17 August 22
SCHEDULE Arrival of EPs & AIESEC Orientation Explore Philippines Orientation Manila Heritage Tour Catanduanes Surfing & Culinary Tour Angono Art Tour Banaue-Sagada Eco Tour Palawan Island Hopping (Culion & Coron) Closing Event
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to weather changes and unforeseen circumstances.
Manila • Location: National Capital Region • Weather: Warm during the day • What to wear: Casual clothes, walking shoes
Manila Trip Highlights • • • • • • •
Intramuros Manila Cathedral San Agustin Church Palacio del Gobernador National Museum Rizal Park Manila Bay
Catanduanes • Location: Bicol Region, facing the Pacific Ocean • Travel time from Manila: 12 hours by bus and 3 hours by ferry • Weather: Generally warm during the day, windy at times • What to wear: Casual clothes; beach attire
Catanduanes Trip Highlights • Luyang Cave • Pili Farm & Processing • Sto. Domingo River • Suman & Latik • Bato Church • Batalay Shrine
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Sakahon Beach Crab catching Abaca pulling Surfing at Puraran beach • Batalay Viewpoint • Cacao Plantation & Processing
Angono • Location: Rizal Province • Travel time from Manila: Approx. 1 hour • Weather: Generally warm during the day • What to wear: Casual clothes, walking shoes.
Angono Trip Highlights • • • • • • •
Angono-Binanongan Petroglyphs YAB Art Balaw-Balaw Restaurant & Museum Botong Francisco House Blanco Family Museum Itik Tasting Art Workshop with Orville Tiamson
Banaue-Sagada • Location: Cordillera Administrative Region, North Luzon • Travel time from Manila: 8-9 hours • Travel time from Banaue to Sagada : 3 hours • Weather: Generally cool during the day with a chance of rain in the afternoon; cold at night • What to wear: Hiking attire; clothes for cold weather in the bus and at night; sturdy footwear
Banaue-Sagada Trip Highlights • Banaue rice terraces viewpoints • Banaue Museum • Cultural presentations & community interaction at Tam-An Cultural Village • Native house & rice terraces restoration • Batad rice terraces & Tappiyah Falls
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Trekking at Echo Valley Sugong hanging coffins Lumiang burial caves Spelunking at Sumaguing cave Sagada coffee Ganduyan Museum Sagada weavers Sunrise at Kiltepan Peak
Palawan • Location: West Philippine Sea • Travel time from Manila: 1.5 hours by plane • Weather: Generally warm during the day, windy at times • What to wear: Casual clothes; beach attire
Palawan Trip Highlights • • • • • • • •
Swimming & boating around Culion Culion Museum & Archives Culion historical walking tour Coron island tour (Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoons, Banol Beach) Malcapuya Island Kawil fishing experience Snorkeling at Crowning Glory Reef Mt. Tapyas
Program Fees Total fee: PHP 42,000 (Approx. USD 930) Inclusions: • Roundtrip transportation (land and sea transfers) from Manila • All meals during tours • Accommodations (no. of pax per room depending on destination) • Tour guides • Entrance fees, environment fees, heritage fees & other fees • Travel insurance • Contributions to the causes being supported
Program Fees Not included: • Incidental and personal expenses • Expenses during rest days (accommodations to be arranged by AIESEC) • Roundtrips flights to Palawan (approx. USD 170) – please wait for our advisory on flight bookings. Notes: • Program requires a minimum of 10 EPs. Please expect changes in itinerary and costs if there will be less than 10 EPs. • 50% downpayment is required to confirm participation in the program.
Things to Bring • • • • • • •
Cameras & other equipment for documentation Comfortable change of clothes and sturdy footwear Towel & toiletries Extra money for miscellaneous expenses Medicine, if needed Extra snacks and drinking water Jackets, raincoats & umbrella for cold & rainy weather • Sunblock
Travel Tips • Itineraries are subject to change due to weather changes and unforeseen circumstances. • Weather is different depending on destination. It can also be unpredictable so expect both rain and sun exposure. • Pack light for better mobility. It is also advisable to pack clothes that dry easily. • Carry a purse/beltbag for your valuables. • Waterproof your electronics and other valuables.
Reminders • Here at Route +63, we like to keep our ecological footprint low. Keep your disposables at a minimum and do not litter. • Respect the local communities by being sensitive to local values and customs. • Always wear a positive attitude and enjoy the trip! :) • For other concerns or inquiries, please contact your respective AIESEC representatives.