Tribes & Treks tour at san felipe, zambales

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Venture off the beaten track!

Two decades ago, a huge volcanic eruption changed the lives of thousands of people whose ways of life have never been the same. Join us on this unique and authentic journey to appreciate the deep traditions and the inspiring stories of the Aeta people.

Discover the culture of the Aetas of Yangil Village!

Arrive in the Yangil community and learn about their food, dance, music, archery, and herbal medicine.

Help rebuild a 3,000 Hectare Rainforest

Fight climate change by rebuilding a rainforest that will provide food, medicine, and sustainable income for the Aeta community.

the community

Tourism brought in by MAD Travel, with the help of the San Felipe LGU and the Circle Hostel, has provided funds for the community to build a tree nursery, construct village infrastructures, and procure carabaos. Through the tour activities and guests’ volunteer work, members of the community are also given the chance to earn by assigning them employable tasks, uplifting not just their financial capacity but also their human dignity.

Monthly Income Increase

300% increase in 1 year


10 families

worked with


Trees Saplings Grown as of July 2017


Pesos worth of investment from MAD & Guests

The Tribes, Treks, and Rainforest Experience is a joint partnership with the Municipality of San Felipe, The Circle Hostel, and Hineleban Foundation (Technical reforestation and ecosystem revival partner from Bukidnon).



7:00am Meet in Circle Hostel

7:50am Arrival at jump-off point for Hike

9:00am Welcome Snack + Introduction to Aeta culture


9:45am Archery & Cooking with the Tribes

10:45am Village Tour

11:30am Lunch with the Tribe

1:30pm Traditional Dance and Music


2:00pm Trek to Nursery & Planting

5:30pm Leave jump-off point for Dinner

6:00pm Dinner at Chief Iking’s house

7:15pm Arrival at Circle Hostel


Tribes & Treks A3D2N
PHP 2900   |   USD ~57.5
  Lunch, Snacks, Dinner
  Simple Hostel Breakfast
  Transfers within Zambales
  2 nights at Circle Hostel
  Activities mentioned in the itinerary
Tribes & Treks B2D1N
PHP 2350   |   USD ~46.5
  Lunch, Snacks, Dinner
  Simple Hostel Breakfast
  Transfers within Zambales
  1 night at Circle Hostel
  Activities mentioned in the itinerary
Tribes & Treks CDay Tour
PHP 1800   |   USD 35.5
  Lunch, Snacks, Dinner
  Transfers within Zambales
  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!
When our tour guide, Andrea, sat down with us pre-trip to explain the do’s and don’ts—like asking permission from the tribe before taking their photos and making sure we collect our trash to dispose after the trip—I knew this was a conscientious venture. No poverty porn, no treating the situation like a zoo viewing, and no exploitation.
Kate Alvarez of KateWasHere


Circle Hostel – Bamboo Art Hostel

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

*Default accommodation included in the packages


Heaven’s Charm Hotel

Private Room for 2 persons
Queen-sized Bed
Private Bathroom

*Option for upgrade. Prices available upon request.

La Zerena Hotel

Private Room for 2 persons
Queen-sized Bed
Private Bathroom

*Option for upgrade. Prices available upon request.


January 2019

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Educational programs and corporate packages are also available.

Invite your travel buddies!

how to get there?

Take Victory Liner from the Cubao Station or Pasay Station to Iba Zambales.

Tell the bus driver you will get down in the town of San Felipe.

From the town take a tricycle and tell them you want to go to Liwliwa near the pier (“sa may dating pier”).

From the town center the tricycle will pass Bobulan Elementary School and turn right.

He will go straight to the end and make a left (you’ll see an electric post with purple spray paint) then go straight until a clearing.

He’ll make a right-ish straight. Keep your eyes peeled for The Circle on your left! 🙂

Take the NLEX until the last exit.

Take the SCTEX until Subic. *Inside Subic be careful and follow the traffic laws! Full stops at stop signs and follow the speed limit! First to stop, first to go!

Head to the Kalaklan Gate. Turn left upon exiting the Kalaklan Gate.

Go straight and pass through the following towns: Subic Town, Castillejos, and San Marcelino

You will hit an T-intersection with a Petron. Make a right.

Go straight through San Narciso until you see the San Felipe arch.


You will pass a cemetery on your right

Then a little past that you will see the Bobulon Elementary School on your left and a green sign saying: “This way to Liwliwa”.

Make a left here! Keep following the road (it will become a dirt/sand road).

Nearing the end make a left and follow the road. (You’ll see an electric post with purple spray paint).

You will come into an open area but the road will continue right-ish straight into a bamboo gate lined path. Go straight and you will find The Circle on your left.

frequently asked questions

Whether you’re looking for an authentic adventure, a unique experience, or a chance to volunteer, this tour is for you. Especially if you like the outdoors and don’t mind breaking a little sweat. This is also perfect for people who only have free time outside the 9-5 weekday grind and want to do something different on their weekends.

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

No. Our guests usually drive to Circle Hostel or get there via bus since these options are much cheaper and easier vs hiring a van from us.

While the tribe doesn’t have any qualms about tents, the land isn’t ideal for pitching. You can still bring and try but we don’t recommend making your packs heavy with the extra weight. If you want to nap or take a rest during the break, there are rest huts available for the guests in the community.

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. While the terrain isn’t hard to pass through, expect the the day will be full of walking under the sun.

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!

Of course! Any help is welcome, but we do encourage you to consult with us first regarding what the tribe needs most. As much as possible, we want to make sure that donations given to the tribe will be of great help to them i.e. seeds, solar lamps, children’s books, etc.

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

By car, Circle Hostel is around 3 1/2 hours away from Quezon City, but please allow buffer time for traffic, especially if you’re leaving on Friday night.

By bus, allot 4-5 hours of commute, depending on which station you will be leaving from and at what time

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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