Discover Iloilo’s culture and history with this countryside sightseeing tour that will take you to the most iconic attractions in the province. If you’re visiting Iloilo and want to explore the top land attractions in the province in just a day, this tour is perfect for you.
A designated guide will pick you up in Iloilo City. You will then make your way to your first destination, the San Joaquin Church. Built in 1869, this Roman Catholic church is made from quarried limestones retrieved from the mountains of Iqbaras.
From there, you will be heading to the San Joaquin Cemetery, also known as Campo Santo. This historic cemetery sits on a hill, where you can get a good view of the nearby sea. Around two kilometers away from the cemetery is Garin Farm, the site of the famous 455-step stairway. These stairs lead to the Pilgrimage Hill, a depiction of heaven on earth represented by white statues everywhere.
After exploring the farm, you will drop by two other churches in the area, the Guimbal Church, made from yellow sandstone, and Tigbauan church, depicting a unique Latin-American Architecture. Nearby is another one of your stopovers, the Taytay Boni, an 1854 stone bridge made up of large yellow coral stone slabs. After taking photos at the old bridge, you will head next to Miagao church, a UNESCO world heritage site renowned for its artistic sculptural relief carved on its façade.
Lunch will then be served at either one of two famed restaurants in the area, Breakthrough and Tatoy’s. You also have the option to dine at Camiña Balay na Bato, a well-preserved 1865 heritage house that now serves as a historical site and restaurant. The tour will then continue to Mama’s Kitchen and Sinamay House, a well-preserved ancestral house that also acts as a museum and pasalubong (souvenir) shop.
From there, you will pass by the Millionaire’s Row (home of the richest families of Iloilo) and Jaro’s business district as you make your way to the Jaro Cathedral. It is known as an all-male church except for the statue of the Lady of Candles displayed at the center. You will also be taken to Casa Mariquit, the oldest heritage house in the province.
Some of the other points of interest you will be visiting include the Esplanade, Calle Real, Fort San Pedro, Muelle Loney, and General Luna Street. The last stopover will be at the Molo Mansion and Molo Church before you head over to the Biscocho Haus to buy some Iloilo’s famous delicacies to take home.
Learn more about Iloilo with this whole day heritage and countryside sightseeing tour. Check availability by choosing a date
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