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Highlights in the Philippines
Island hopping. The Philippines consist of more than 7000 islands, each one having it's own charm, but all of them are little pieces of paradise on earth (at least if you avoid the big cities). The coastal landscape varies from sandy white beaches in Boracay to stunning limestone formations around the Bacuit Archipelago. Island hopping, although time consuming, is one of the favorite ways of travelling in this country.
Being part of the so-called "ring of fire", the Philippines have
a large number of volcanoes amongst which some of them are
active. Some of the most well-known are Mount Mayon (Legazpi),
Taal Volcano (Tagaytay) and Mount Pinatubo (Mabalacat). Some consider it a
challenge to climb a volcano. Be sure to get information
locally before you climb. Certain volcanoes can only be
climbed under guided supervision.
The cultural heritage ranges widely from native culture,
monuments from the Spanish rule and remains from the Second
World war. Some of the sites are inscribed on the Unesco
list such as the Ifugao rice terraces (also referred to as the
eight wonder of the world), the Spanish colonial churches and
not to forget the historic town of Vigan. Despite it's
very metropolitan charachter, Manila managed to keep a part of
it's colonial past intact (Intramuros).
Jungle and native tribes. More inland and away from the bigger cities, the Philippines also hold some primeval jungle; most of which is tropical except for the area around Sagada. The latter is situated high in the mountains and is a very cool place for Philippine standards; you will even find pine trees here. In the more remote parts of the country you can still find some native tribes. Be sure to inform locally if you can visit them because not all of them are friendly towards foreigners.