Visit Yakan Weaving Village and the Canelar Barter Trade, two of the best places in Zamboanga to shop for beautiful local handicrafts and souvenir items, with this half-day tour. This sightseeing and shopping tour of the city includes an English speaking guide to help you throughout the trip, water to fuel up during shopping, and an air-conditioned transfer service, with hotel pick up and drop off points in Zamboanga City.
The Yakan are an indigenous tribe from Basilan, an island located about 40 km from Zamboanga City, with a body of water in between separating the two municipalities. The Yakan people were forced to leave Basilan back in 1974 for a more peaceful existence in the city, and they settled about 7 km from the city center. This is where the Yakan Weaving Village was established and where their beautiful weaving patterns became famous.
At the village, a kaleidoscope of colorful textiles are on display, with the cloth used on locally handcrafted items. From household materials like placemats, table runners, to clothes and accessories like purses, parkas, and bags, you’re bound to find something to bring home to friends and family.
The Canelar Barter Trade Center, on the other hand, is a marketplace filled with a chockfull of stalls selling local handicrafts and souvenir items. It is also a haven for low priced items from nearby Malaysia and Indonesia, such as imported textiles with batik prints, malongs, shawls, scarves, dresses, and even imported instant noodles from Malaysia not usually sold in local groceries.
Another unique souvenir items found here are uniquely shaped door knockers and doorbells that look like head of animals like lions, deer, or oxen. Haggling is widely practiced and encouraged here, so this is the spot to put your bargaining skills to the test.
Go on a shopping trip in Zamboanga and visit the Yakan Weaving Village and Canelar Barter Trade for great bargains of local products. Check availability by choosing a date.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs may be limited.