Tribes and Treks tour at san luis, aurora

Trek through a thriving watershed!

Experience one of the last few thriving rainforests in the Philippines through a river trek with the Altas, an indigenous tribe in the Aurora province, and get to know their own story.

Learn how to make local chocolate!

Visit a local Cacao Farm and learn how to make your own dark chocolate! Find out the significance of growing cacao in the country and get a chance to try the creamy cacao fruit and amazing cacao ice cream.

Experience the Baler surf scene!

One of the best places to be in Baler is in the water, surrounded by different personalities who are connected by one value: a deep love for the sea. Get to know the surf culture by riding the waves yourself or hanging out with the people who do it on the daily. 

the community

 

Surrounded by lush forests and a steady supply of water from the mountains, one would think that GK Diteki, the community near Diaboboo, is more well-off than most. However, they face the basic economic problems most Filipinos are gripped with everyday: unemployment and lack of opportunities to turn that around. 

 

Opening up the area to steady and sustainable tourism will help employ community members who have unique skill sets most city folk don’t: local guides with vast knowledge on forestry, herbal medicine, and ethnic culture. Through native food and storytelling, we help unlock the authentic narrative of the Altas, one many of our history books may have overlooked.

itinerary

FRIDAY 
6:00pmDepart for Baler
12::00amArrival and check in at Circle Hostel, Baler
SATURDAY 
07:00amBreakfast (served at hostel)
08:00amDepart for Diteki, San Luis (Jeep)
09:00amHike to Diyaboboo river Althea swimming area
09:45amArrival and swimming
10:45amHike back to Diteki
11:30amArrival at Diteki & Lunch
 Storytelling & Herbal medicine with the Altas
02:00pmVisit RV Cacao Farm
04:00pmArrival at hostel
 Free time
07:30pmDinner at Hostel
SUNDAY 
07:00amBreakfast at the Hostel
08:00amFree time to surf or swim
12:00nnLunch
02:00pmVisit the Millennium Tree &
Local Bakery
03:30pmDepart for Manila

packages

SATURDAY TOUR ONLY1 DAY
PHP 1500   |   USD 30
  Lunch and Snacks
  Transfers within Baler
  Activities mentioned in the Saturday itinerary except Dinner
  Hostel accommodation is available at Php 450/night
FULL WEEKEND TOUR3D2N
PHP 6500   |   USD 127.5
  (1) Lunch, (1) Snacks, (1) Dinner
  (2) Simple Breakfast Hostel
  Round-trip Van Transportation from Manila to Baler
  Transfers within Zambales
  2 nights at Circle Hostel
  Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  Local Bakery & Millenium Tree Visit
And invite your travel buddies!

accommodation

 
Circle Hostel - Bamboo Art Hostel

Shared Dormitory
Shared Bathroom
Hot / Cold Shower
Common Area with Bean Bags

*Default accommodation included in the packages

 

It feels good to be lost in the right direction.

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Or book a private tour for your own group. Email us at info@madtravel.org

Educational programs and corporate packages are also available.

Invite your travel buddies!

how to get there?

  1. There are daily buses to Baler via Genesis Bus or Joy Bus. You can check the schedules on their respective websites online.
  2. From their terminal in Cubao, the bus will take you straight to Baler town. This will take around 5-6 hours for Genesis and 4-5 hours for Joy Bus.
  3. Upon going down, you can take a tricycle to go straight to the Circle Hostel. A Tricycle stand can be found directly beside the town center where the Museo Baler is found.
  4. If the tricycle driver needs assistance in finding the hostel, just tell him it’s in Buton Street, beside Bitz Bar and in front of Cauti Bar.
  1. Take NLEX and SCTEX and exit at Lapaz (Tarlac)
  2. Follow the highway leading to Aliaga and Cabanatuan City
  3. Then take the Nueva Ecija-Aurora Highway. This is where you'll pass through the towns of Talavera, Rizal and Pantabangan. Make sure to be extra safe when driving through the mountains because there’s a long stretch of zigzag roads.
  4. Just go straight until you pass through the towns of Maria Aurora and San Luis and then eventually reach Baler.

frequently asked questions

Is this tour for me?
Reservation Policy

Your reservation is only confirmed once you’ve paid the total amount due for your tour. Cutoff for payments is on Thursday morning before the tour.

Check-in and Check-out

You can check-in anytime at Circle Hostel but check-out is always at 12nn.

Where can I leave my stuff in Circle?

There are mid-sized lockers for rent at the Circle Hostel, enough space for your essentials but not big enough to stick your whole bag in. Just make sure to bring a padlock! If you don’t have a padlock, you can also rent one out for 20 pesos.

How safe is the area?

The community is just 1 hour away from the nearest town by foot. The terrain is flat and there are no immediate causes of danger. Our tour guides always make sure to check the weather before going through with a tour. In case of emergency situations, carabaos can take guests to town faster. In more extreme cases, there is also a tricycle available in the community.

Is a Medic or first aid available?

A First Aid Kit is always available during the tour should there be a need to use it.

Is there an age limit?

Anyone of any age are welcome to come along on this tour but we do advise that you assess your health and fitness first before going on the trip. Note that river currents might be strong and that we will be climbing some medium-sized rocks.

What do I need to bring?

A reusable water bottle to keep you hydrated (at least 1L of water is recommended!), an umbrella, a cap, and some sunblock to keep your skin safe from the sun, a small bag to keep your things in (preferably water proof), and your warm, energetic self! 🙂

Who to contact on the day of the tour?

Please ask our tour coordinator who your tour guide will be on your chosen date and she will gladly connect you to your assigned tour guide!

Can I park in Circle Hostel? Where can I park?

Yes, you can park in front of Circle Hostel. However, during peak days (like saturdays), expect that there will be a lot of guests who will bring cars. In case the area in front of the hostel is already occupied, there is a pay parking area right beside.

What if I’m early?

Not to worry! We have a common area that’s perfect for chilling, equipped with bean bags, throw pillows, and hammocks. You can go ahead and rest there while waiting.

What if I’m late or I miss my scheduled tour?

Unfortunately, we have a non-refundable policy with our tour. This means that once paid, your attendance is already counted on the tour. Since we coordinate operations with the tribe, we have to ensure that we have a sure number of people going on the tour days before it begins. Your pre-payment allows us and the tribe to prepare for your visit i.e. buy food, ready transportation, etc.

Can I pay in cash when I get there?

Unfortunately, we don’t allow on-the-day payment. Our cut-off for payments is Thursday mornings before the tour. This allows us and the tribe to prepare for your visit i.e. buy food, ready transportation, etc.

How do I pay?

Please deposit to our BPI bank account with the details below:

Make A Difference for Social Tourism Inc.

0241-0307-84 (Checking Account)

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) - Pasig Boulevard Branch

I’m a solo traveler, is it okay to join?

Of course! We welcome all kinds of travelers! Whether you’re travelling by group or solo, we guarantee that you’ll make new friends on tour! 🙂

I’m pescetarian or vegetarian, can they accommodate food for me on the tour?

Yes! Food served on the tour is a good mix of meat, fish, veggies, and fruits, so you need not worry! Just make sure to let our Tour Coordinator know about your dietary restrictions, especially if you have allergies.

Number of slots per tour?

We have an average of 20 slots per tour. The number might be more or less depending on the situation, but not by much since the community can only handle a handful of guests

What do I need to wear?

Wear comfortable clothes that you are ready to sweat in but will keep you well-protected from the sun! We suggest leggings and a dri-fit top or rashguard. As for footwear, you can wear trek shoes or rubber shoes but keep in mind that we will go through streams and rivers. If you don’t want the soggy feeling of wet, closed shoes, we suggest some thick, comfy sandals or slippers. For extra protection from the sand, you can wear thick socks!

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