Majestic Mountains & Rice Terraces


The Philippines is a republic. The archipelago consists of 7641 islands of which the largest two are Luzon and Mindanao. We are driving in the north of Luzon. Together, these two islands cover about two-thirds of the country's area, which, at about 300,000 km², is more than seven times the size of the Netherlands and more than nine times the size of Belgium. The Philippines has about 120 million inhabitants.

Manila, the capital and seat of government of the Philippines, is centrally located on the island in a densely populated area called Metro Manila. Manila, along with Vigan in northern Luzon, is one of three cities founded by the Spanish as early as the 16th century.

Luzon's landscape is one of extremes. In the mountainous north are the world-famous rice terraces of Banaue, which, like Vigan, are World Heritage Sites.

Luzon's highest mountain is Mount pulag, which at 2922 meters is just slightly lower than the Philippines' highest mountain, Mount apo. In addition to the mountains, however, the island is also home to vast plains, where many of the Philippines' agricultural products come from.

This Filipino motorcycle tour goes mainly through the rugged mountains of northern Luzon.

Besides impressive vistas, you are going to ride a lot of curves.

We also added 3 days where after a nice day of driving we can relax at the beach but also in the mountains of Banaue with its impressive rice terraces as well as the cozy town of Vigan with its Spanish colonial houses.

The route is mostly on road with occasional days of unpaved sections included. However, the paved roads in the mountains are sometimes buried with mud after a prolonged rainstorm or typhoon that are common here from August to November.

In short, this trip has possible unexpected adventures.

Philippines North Luzon

14 Days


Type of trip: Adventurous

Travel time months: December through June

Driving days: 9

Rest days in the tour: 0

Group size: 4 -10 people

Travel Price Rider: from  € 2.495,-

Travel Duo: from  € 2.365,-

Indicative flight ticket price from Amsterdam:  € 1.000,-

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April 4, 2024
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DAYFROMTOKM
1HomeDeparture
2ArrivalManila
3ManilaAngelesCab
4AngelesBaguio210
5BaguioSagada180
6SagadaVigan190
7viganTabuk240
8TabukPagudpud290
9PagudpudSanta Anna280
10Santa annaTuguegarao170
11TuguagaraoBatad220
12BatadBaler280
13BalerAngeles210
14AngelesManila DepartureCab and flight
Highlights of the trip:

  • Walking street Angeles
  • Vigan old Spanish colonial town
  • Pulag Mountains
  • Balbalasang Balbalan National Park
  • Cordillera Mountains
  • Rice Terraces Batad
  • Quirino Mountains
  • Mountain Provence
  • Manila City

Visa

You will need a visa for this motorcycle trip. You can arrange this on the spot upon arrival. Please make sure that your passport is still valid for at least 6 months upon your return.

Driving License

For this motorcycle trip, you will need an international driver's license which you will need in your home country
pre-arranges with the ANWB.

Follow car

For our motorcycle tours, from 6 participants upwards, a support car with mechanic goes along. You can put your luggage in the follow car. Because we sometimes take small and or unpaved roads/paths, the follow car may take a different route. Always make sure you have your gear with you for the day.

Pocket Money

Even though much is already factored into the trip price, you will still need some pocket money. This is an indication for you what approximately the general costs will be for food, drinks and gasoline. For most Asian countries you can figure about 15 to 20 euros per day.

Luggage

Since the tour will be by motorcycle, it is not possible to bring much but enough luggage on the motorcycle. Preference is to bring a roll-up adventure waterproof bag and a small backpack. This can be secured to the back of the bike with quick straps ( which we have for you ). Also bring a flashlight and towel for possible use along the way, just to be safe. If a follow car comes along, the luggage can go in the car and you take only a small bag for what you need on the road.

Clothing

Experienced motorcyclists know better than anyone else that wearing proper clothing is important, so even in the tour you are going to ride we stick to it. The requirement is to wear long pants ( motorcycle pants) and a ( motorcycle ) jacket, as well as sturdy motorcycle shoes or possibly high hiking boots and summer gloves. It is best to bring your own helmet.

Be aware that especially in the mountains, weather changes can occur and it may cool down or rain. Always bring 1 fleece sweater and rain gear. Raincoat is also good to use to block the wind when it gets colder.

Heavy travel

For an accurate estimate of the severity of the motorcycle trip, it is best to contact R2D personally.

Mechanic

From 6 participants upwards, a mechanic will accompany you.

Insurance

For this trip, you are required to have a travel insurance needed with world coverage. Check carefully in advance whether motorcycling is covered. The policy number and emergency number should be taken with you and given to R2D in advance as well. Damage to third parties in an accident is not insured, and is usually settled on the spot. Regardless of who is at fault, the foreigner will usually pay for third-party damages. Fortunately, we are usually talking about very small amounts, unless it is a major accident.

Insurance to damage motorcycle usually cannot be insured. Fortunately, the repair costs are in a fraction of what we are used to and thus talk about small amounts. Any damage caused to the motorcycle, regardless of who is at fault, is yours.

Health

About malaria there are many ambiguities. For proper advice, consult your GP/GGD or travel clinic. They can advise you whether you should take malaria pills ( usually Malarone ) for this trip, they can also assess whether this is possible in combination with any personal
drugs. Diarrhea can easily occur due to heat combined with a different type of food. Often the diarrhea is gone after a few days and can also be suppressed by Imodium, for example. If the diarrhea occurs for longer, local doctors have various remedies to treat it. If you depend on drugs or diseases, you should check with your doctor beforehand. He can assess whether this will not adversely affect the trip to be made. You should also inform R2D about this in advance.

Flexibility

R2D tries everything, as best as possible, to keep the trip on track, however, there may be situations where flexibility is expected from participants. There may be engine trouble or the planned route is temporarily not possible due to works. R2D tries to have you stay in good 2** to 4** star hotels or cottages where possible. However, because we want to discover pure adventure and ride to places rarely visited by tourists it may occasionally happen that the accommodation is not optimal and thus some adjustment is expected.

Day stages

The day stages vary in length and road quality. Most days are on road with some short sections that are unpaved. How much unpaved is difficult to say as we are in a mountainous area where many landslides occur after the rainy season or a heavy rainfall.

Traffic

Driving in Asia is different from participating in traffic in Western European countries. In the briefing you will be informed about this in detail.

Money

You can use debit cards at most of the places we visit; however, you must have your card unlocked in advance for this purpose.

Electricity

For Asian countries, it is best to carry a world plug.

The price includes the following:

  • All hotel stays with breakfast

  • Rental Honda XR 150 Enduro

  • Ride 2 Discover tour guide on motorcycles
  • Follow car from 6 driving participants 

  • Mechanic from 6 driving participants
  • Transportation to and from Manila airport - Angeles vv

  • Ride2Discover Dutch tour guide

  • Ride2Discover T-Shirt

What is not included in the price:

  • Flight ticket
  • Gasoline 

  • Visa on the spot at the airport  

  • International driving license 

  • Afternoon dinner and drinks

  • Any excursions of your own

  • Indicative pocket money € 400.

Additional service we can offer you:

  • single room € 395,-
  • Upgrade Honda CRF 250cc , Kawasaki Versys 300cc and 650cc on request

Reviews about the trip


My 4th motorcycle trip so far but this one is really the most complete trip. A trip completely balanced. Tour leader Roland developed this trip himself a few years ago and it shows. The riding is very varied, there are no boring parts and also the nature and environment is different every day. Roland just shows you the whole area in all its beauty. The country is clean and the people are friendly, they are always willing to talk. There are 2 rest days at a beautiful beach with all local tourism where you can walk and swim. And then there are the curves. With the mountain stages you easily do over 1000 in a day !!!. So a great vacation on the bike.

LodeFebruary 2020

Es war eine wundervolle Tour und wir 3 haben in dieser Zeit ein besonderes Vertrauensverhältnis entwickelt. Somit war die Tour nicht nur grandios von den unterschiedlichen Landschaften und den Begegnungen mit den Philippinos sondern auch unsere Gespräche. Roland ist ein sehr einfühlsamer und rücksichtsvoller Guide und ich werde mit ihm die Sri Lanka Tour fahren. Nachdem mich diese Tour so positiv überrascht hat möchte ich gerne zum Tourenbeschrieb ergänzende Vorschläge machen. eine Tour mit 5000 Kurven !!! Kurvenfresser willkommen. Morgens Dschungel, mittags Berge, abends Meer und Strand - Wer Abwechslung liebt ist bei dieser Tour genau richtig.

Wir hatten tolle Tage miteinander und diese Erlebnisse tragen mich durch diese verrückte Zeit in besonders nachhaltiger Weise.

MathisFeb 2020