Tribes and Treks tour at san luis, aurora

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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.

Visit a Local Cacao Farm

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

SATURDAY 
07:00amBreakfast (served at hostel)
07:30amDepart for Diteki, San Luis (Jeep)
08:20amHike to Diyaboboo river Althea swimming area
09:20amArrival and swimming
12:00nnLunch & Storytelling with the Alta Tribe
02:00pmVillage Tour & Planting
 03:00pmHerbal Medicine with Tita Pilit
04:00pmCacao Farm Tour
04:30pmEnd of Tour / Free Time

packages

Tribes & Treks ADAY TOUR
PHP 1500   |   USD ~30
  Lunch & Snacks
  Simple Hostel Breakfast
  Transfers within Aurora
  Activities mentioned in the itinerary
Tribes & Treks B2D1N
PHP 2050   |   USD ~40
  Lunch & Snacks
  Simple Hostel Breakfast
  Transfers within Zambales
  1 night at Circle Hostel
  Activities mentioned in the itinerary
Tribes & Treks C3D2N
PHP 2600   |   USD ~48
  Lunch & Snacks
  Simple Hostel Breakfast
  Transfers within Aurora
  2 nights at Circle Hostel
  Activities mentioned in the itinerary
And invite your travel buddies! We recommend that you book as early as you can especially on holidays and long weekends so we can reserve your accommodations with our partner hotels & hostels!
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

Your reservation is only confirmed once you’ve paid the total amount due for your tour. Cutoff for payments is on Wednesday, 5pm  before the tour.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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! 🙂

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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! 🙂

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.

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

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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GK Founder Tony Meloto, quoted in ‘The Genius of the Poor’.
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Poverty made me timid, hopeless, and afraid. It made me hungry as well. But poverty became my asset to chase my dreams for my family, community, and country. I dream of communities where no one is hungry, where no one is a slave, where no one is homeless or landless in his/her own country.

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