This vast archipelago country is patiently discovered. And to do that, there is nothing better than having a little time to stop and contemplate the many riches that are available to you here. To live them too. Especially if you are an athlete, even if you are a budding athlete. Because in the Philippines, all kinds of activities - especially water sports - are available to you. Families with active teenagers or groups of friends will therefore particularly appreciate it
In the morning, walk along the Bay of Manila to get to Rizal Park. This bay is one of the favorite places for Filipinos to go for Sunday walks. You can meet the population and see the monument erected in honour of the national hero, Dr. Rizal. In the afternoon, visit the Intramuros district to immerse yourself in the Spanish colonial way of life. You should walk around Plaza San Luiz where cafés, restaurants and shops have been set up. In the evening, after a final stroll along the Bay of Manila to watch the sunset, direction Malate or Makati, two of the most lively districts of the capital.
Visit the Chinese cemetery, which is a city within the city: it extends over 40 hectares and the tombs are real houses. Some are even equipped with a telephone, toilets, air conditioning... In the afternoon, visit the Malate and Ermita district which extends south of the Rizal park. A little further on, in Paranáque, discover the Philippine Cultural Centre (CCP), which houses the National Opera and the Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino, dedicated to the art and lifestyle of various ethnic groups. There are many exhibitions and concerts there. Back to the city centre, a well-deserved stopover in the Makati district, which will certainly seduce shopping lovers with an incredible concentration of shopping centres In the evening, take the night bus to Banaue (10 hours of travel).
Arrival early in the morning, choice of a guesthouse and contact with a guide to organize a trek. Walk to the viewpoints on the rice fields classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
First day of hiking through the rice terraces in terraces and arrival in the tiny village of Cambulo for a very authentic experience.
Hiking in the rice fields for an arrival in the beautiful village of Batad in the centre of an amphitheatre of rice terraces in terraces. Magic.
Hiking to the village of Bagaan and Jeepney return for Banaue. Once again, his backpack is being returned to Sagada in Jeepney. Night in the quiet village of Sagada.
Discover the caves of Sagada and visit Echo Valley to see the coffins hanging on the walls of the mountain.
Walk around Sagada before taking a Jeepney for Vigan, visiting its museum and then take the bus at night for Vigan.
Rest and discovery of the beautiful colonial town.
Departure for Avion by plane (via Manila). Discovery of Alona Beach.
Lazing or diving off Alona Beach.
Réveil with dolphins and discovery of the Chocolate Hills and the Shrine of the.
After having reached Cebu by boat, Visit of the city in the afternoon and in particular the Magellan cross. Discovery of nightlife.
Flight from Cebu to Puerto Princesa. Stroll and night in the city.
Excursion to the day in Sabang (underground river) and return to Puerto Princesa for the night.
Puerto Princesa-El Nido by bus. The landscapes are beautiful. Night in El Nido.
Banca tour (traditional Filipino boat) from island to island to discover the lagoons of Miniloc island in particular.
Kayak and snorkeling in the islands of the archipelago of Bacuit.
Inland Tour to discover the northern peninsula of Palawan.
Return very early to Puerto Princesa and flight to Manila.
For your last day, head to the bay to imprint a last image of the Philippines in your mind.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette