MALIGCONG, Mt. Province: Itinerary and Travel Guide

 

Secluded–but not that remote, Maligcong in Bontoc, Mountain, Province is one of the best places to visit in the Cordilleras if your tired of the commercialized ‘feel’ of Baguio and Sagada. The stone-walled Maligcong Rice Terraces can rival that of the UNESCO-recognized rice terraces of the province of Ifugao.

And while this village is relatively small, you’ll never run out of things to do–from hiking, or walking around the fields with the ever-friendly guide dogs, or having your meals while overlooking Maligcong Rice Terraces. It’ll give you the break you need from your daily routine.

 

 

Heading to Maligcong

 

Option 1Manila > Banaue > Bontoc > Maligcong

Via Banaue with Ohayami Trans
Van Going to Bontoc
Jeepney going to Maligcong
Option 2Manila > Bontoc > Maligcong

Via Bontoc with Coda Lines
Jeepney going to Maligcong
Option 3Manila > Baguio > Bontoc > Maligcong


Via Baguio with Victory Liner
Rising Bus to Bontoc
Jeepney going to Maligcong

 

 

Day 1: Arrival, Favarey Village

See: Maligcong Rice Terraces and Favarey Village: IN PHOTOS

 

7 AM - 9:30 AMArrived in Banaue

Breakfast at Halfway Lodge and Restaurant

Take the van that leaves at around 9-10AM
11 AM - 12 NNArrived in Bontoc

Take the jeepney that leaves at 12 noon going to Maligcong
12:30 PMCheck-in

Lunch

Hike to Favarey Village
5 PMDinner

Rest

 

 

MALIGCONG, Mt. Province: Itinerary and Travel Guide

The storage huts for their harvests

 

Maligcong Rice Terraces and Favarey Village: IN PHOTOS

Divide

 

 

 

Day 2: Mt. Kupapey, Maligcong Rice Terraces, Mt. Fato, Mt. Mogao

See: Chasing the Sun in MALIGCONG: Mts. KUPAPEY, FATO, MOGAO

 

3 AMPrepare for the early hike
4 AMLeave early to catch the sunrise at Mt. Kupapey

Local guide starts a bonfire while waiting for the sunrise
7:30 AMHike the long stretches of Maligcong Rice Terraces


Watch the farmers go about their daily routine
9 AMBreakfast, Rest
12 NNLunch
2:30 PM Leave for Mt. Fato

Catch the sunset at the neighboring Mt. Mogao
7 PMDinner

 

MALIGCONG, Mt. Province: Itinerary and Travel Guide

Sunrise overlooking Maligcong Rice Terraces

 

MALIGCONG, Mt. Province: Itinerary and Travel Guide

Sunrise at Mt. Kupapey (see our other post for the photos)

 

Day 3: Head home

 

7:30 AMBreakfast
8:30 AMCatch the jeepney going to Bontoc
12 NNLunch
2PMTake the bus going back to Manila

 

 

Things to Remember

 

Local GuidesYou can hire a local guide with the help of your host once you check-in. The rates are usually less than 500 for each tour--and can be cheaper if you’re splitting it with other travelers which is what we did.
JeepneyThe jeepney to Maligcong leaves at a set interval
8 AM / 12 PM / 2:30 PM / 4:30 PM / 5:30 PM

Heading home, you can ask your host for the best time to catch your bus going back to Manila.
MealsAs there are no restaurants in Maligcong, homestays usually offer meals at a reasonable price--or you can bring food if you want.
Do Not Litter
Bus ticketsBook your bus tickets in advance.
Ohayami and Coda lines offer online booking.

 

MALIGCONG, Mt. Province: Itinerary and Travel Guide

Maco, the friendly guide dog from Suzette’s Maligcong Homestay

 

Maligcong Rice Terraces and Favarey Village: IN PHOTOS

Sunset reflects in the unplanted fields (March 2019)

 

 

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