Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Canchis Province, Cusco, Peru Vinicunca or Montaña de Siete Colores is a colorful mountain in Andean Mountain Range of Cusco, Peru. Popularly referred as the Rainbow Mountain, Vinicunca is nested at 5,200 meters above sea level and can be done as day trek from downtown Cusco. A day tour here usually departs before 3:30AM to drive for three hours to the trailhead at Canchis Province. From the trailhead to the Rainbow Mountain is eight kilometers, 16 round trip. Here is the summary…Continue Reading “Peru: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain by the Numbers”

Dunsulan Falls

The Province of Bataan is a good day trip from Manila if you are into history, nature and adventure. Approximately two hours away from the Metro, the peninsula is popular for its historical sites, beaches and mountains. Not everyone knows though that the peninsula is also home to majestic waterfalls. There are more than 10 waterfalls in the province and I had a chance to visit three of them – Dunsulan Falls of Pilar, Limutan  Falls and Ambon-Ambon Falls both of Bagac. Dunsulan Falls Nested…Continue Reading “Escape to Bataan: Dunsulan Falls, Ambon-Ambon Falls and Limutan Falls”

Dinagat

Dinagat Province In just roughly 24 hours, I got to experience Dinagat Islands hopping from island to island in Melgar Bay. It was a short love affair in this beautiful and bountiful place but at least I had a glimpse of the best of the province. We stayed overnight in a humble room along the white sand beach of Duyos in Unib Island for P1000; chartered a boat for P2000/overnight (good for two) that took us around the west coast, passing/dropping by Bitaog Beach, Bababu Cove, Puyo…Continue Reading “Takeaways from Dreamy Dinagat”

Itbayat

Torongan Cave Santa Lucia (Kauhauhasan), Itbayat, Batanes There are too many monickers given to Batanes. Some call it as “The Home of the Howling Winds”, others hailed it as “The Land of Ivatans”, “The Highway of the Storms” or “The Land of True Insulares”. But there is another name that best describes the province – “The Northernmost Frontier”. Situated in between Balintang and Bashi Channels, Batanes is the northernmost province of the Philippines. It is composed of ten islands and islets that are scattered on the roaring water that separates…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Itbayat, the Northern Frontier”

Maligcong

“Paradise found, forgotten and reborn” is the story of Maligcong, an upper barangay of Bontoc in Mountain Province, eight kilometers away from the town proper. It used to be the show window of the town but it went into a lull until social media triggered its recent reborn. Maligcong is the Kankana-ey term that means “surrounded by rice paddies”, as the village sits in the middle of rice terraces, hailed as among the most beautiful in the entire Cordillera Region. The rice terraces are best…Continue Reading “Maligcong: A DIY Weekend Itinerary (2D/1N Itinerary, Expenses and Tips)”

Fuwa-as Falls

In between Bontoc and Tinglayan is Sadanga, a quaint town of Mountain Province overshadowed by its more popular neighbors including Sagada, Bontoc and Tinglayan. Unknown to many, it is home to some of the most beautiful rice terraces in the province. The rice terraces of Betwagan and Anabel that can be seen along the highway linking Bontoc and Tinglayan are just samplers. More than the verdant rice terraces, Sadanga offers more surprises to curious souls – wondrous caves and river systems, beautiful lakes, refreshing hot…Continue Reading “Tales From Sadanga: The Trek to Fowa-as Falls”