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Eating ant eggs

Eating ant eggs

Eating Ant eggs Alifufutu is what fried ant eggs are called in Tinglayan. Big nests are hacked from trees and quickly stuffed into a big sack before the worker ants can carry away all the eggs. A big ant nest can yield 2 kilos of eggs. A volunteer climbs up the tree and hacks the […]

Churya-a Hotel Bontoc

Churya-a Hotel Bontoc

Churya-a Hotel in Bontoc Philippines Bontoc is a hub for travelers visiting the mountain provinces in the Philippines. Most pass on through to Banaue or Sagada but if you are going to spend the night the best place to stay is the Churya-a Hotel on the main drag near the Emanuel bus drop off. The […]

Jungle Plants of the Rain Forest

Jungle Plants of the Rain Forest

Philippine rain forest plants There are some exotic plants found up in the rain forest in the Cordillera mountains in the Philippines. Way at the top beyond the rice terraces there is still some rain forest that is relatively pristine. Unusual plants that are not seen in the lowlands are an interest to me. High […]

Jungle trekking with Gil

Jungle trekking with Gil

Rain forest – jungle trekking Gil is a jungle hunter in the high mountain regions of the Cordillera Mountain Province in the Philippines. He hunts when he is not tending his terraced rice fields and taking care of his family. To see some unspoiled tropical rainforest, Gil is the man to see. He flows through […]

Francis Pa In Guide

Francis Pa In Guide

Kalinga tourist guide Bontoc – Philippines Francis Pa In is the freelance guide that operates in the mountains aroundĀ  Tinglayan. He finds tourists in BontocĀ  and guides them through the back country of the Cordileras Mountains. He has introduced me to headhunters (now deceased), native tattoo artists, and monkey hunters. Francis with Mum in 2010 […]

Pitcher plants

Pitcher plants

Mountain Flowers There was an amazing variety of wildflowers growing alongside the road coming down the mountain from Tulgao. In the early morning it is really a beautiful walk but you want to get going before the sun gets too high in the sky and makes walking uncomfortable. My gal has a thing for collecting […]

Bontoc Hotels

Bontoc Hotels

Hotels in Bontoc The Pines Kitchenette and Inn isn’t a bad place to stay with a double costing around 350 pesos a night with shared bath. There is a hopeless internet cafe in the back that you can find after winding through a maze of hallways. It is cheap enough but I was never able […]

Tabuk

Tabuk

Tinglayan to Tabuk The road from Tinglayan to Tabuk must be one of the dustiest roads in the Philippines. It goes through some nice canyons but your camera will get covered with dust if you take it out of the case. It is also hard to get a steady shot because of all the bouncing […]

Polangha Falls

Polangha Falls

Polangha Falls Polangha Falls is a short walk from Tulgao. A pool of water alongside if fed by a hot spring. If you need some refreshment after a long hike this is the place to kick back, fire up a splif, and settle into that hot water. I needed a cold dip instead and worked […]

Tribal Kalinga tattoos

Tribal Kalinga tattoos

Kalinga – Traditional Tribal tattoos There are pictures of Francis’ mom featured in some books documenting the history of the Kalinga people. She is a cool lady that runs the sari sari store at the sharp bend in the road by the hanging bridge just before you get to the main drag of Tinglayan. All […]