Garin Farm Tours
Go on a pilgrimage tour of Garin Farm in Iloilo and see its famous Heaven on Earth. Enjoy other facilities in the in-land resort that uniquely combines recreational, religious, and agri-tourism.

Garin Farm Tours

Go on a pilgrimage tour of Garin Farm in Iloilo and see its famous Heaven on Earth. Enjoy other facilities in the in-land resort that uniquely combines recreational, religious, and agri-tourism.
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South Iloilo Sightseeing | With Lunch & Transfers from Iloilo City

Hop on this journey to the south countryside of Iloilo and witness the province’s iconic architecture and history with this private land tour. Taking you from century-old churches to various heritage sites, this full-day adventure is perfect for history buffs visiting the region.  After picking you up within Iloilo City, you will be taken to San Joaquin Church in the town of San Joaquin, a Roman Catholic Church built in 1869. It distinguishes itself from other churches with its facade depicting the Spanish victory over the Moroccan forces during the Battle of Tetuan. The church is made of limestones quarried from the mountains of Iqbaras and white coral stones acquired from the town’s shores. Next, you will be taken to one of the oldest churches in the country, the Guimbal Church, built in 1774 by Father Campos. This church is made of yellow sandstones, adobe stones called igang, and coral stones quarried from Guimaras. Its belfry is four stories high and is used as a watchtower against the Moro pirates during the Spanish occupation. After exploring the Guimbal Church, you will visit a Latin American-style church next, the Tigbauan Church. This church was constructed in 1575 but was destroyed during an earthquake in 1948. Its facade is in Mexican plateresque, and at the center is an Augustinan order seal surrounded by a retablo-like floral frieze. Above is a niche flanked by pilasters embellished with flowers and a depiction of Saint John and an image of Santo Nino.  Offer a small prayer here before moving on to the Garin Farm of San Joaquin. The farm is an inland resort that combines architecture, leisure, and religion to form a recreational place and a pilgrimage site in one location. The place is also a functional farm that showcases agricultural practices and houses various livestock and crops.  Less than two kilometers from the farm is the San Joaquin Cemetery or the Campo Santo, a cemetery popular for its baroque architecture made of white coral and fossil stones. The cemetery is enclosed by stone walls and wrought iron grills. It is one of the best-preserved cemeteries in the entire province and sits on a hill overlooking the sea. Standing at the center of the vicinity is the baroque-style mortuary chapel which is the centerpiece of the cemetery. From there, you will have a short stopover for lunch at the restaurant of your choice, either Camina Balay na Bato, Breakthrough, or Tatoy’s. After the meal, you will make your way to Taytay Boni, a stone bridge built in 1854 originally meant to be used by horse-drawn carriages. It was constructed using large yellow coral stone slabs called tablea from the mountain of Iqbaras and held together using lime. It was still passable before and after World War II. The route of the old Spanish road can be seen into the distance at the end of the bridge. You will then head to Camina Balay na Bato, a 150-year-old stone house in Molo turned into a restaurant to serve Iloilo’s best heirloom dishes. It is the perfect place for food, history, and stories of Iloilo told by the 4th generation of the Camina family. Don’t forget to try and get a taste of the rich and thick Pancit Molo with the meaty Molo dumpling. You can then buy your pasalubong (souvenir) treats at Mama’s Kitchen and Sinamay House. It is a well-preserved ancestral house that acts like a museum featuring sinamay (abaca fibre) while selling various delicacies. The tour will end at the majestic Miag-ao Church or the Church of Saint Thomas of Villanova. Completed in 1797, the church is famous for its artistic sculptural relief carved on its façade. It is the living legacy of the culture and way of life of the people in Miag-ao, which is anchored in the strong foundation of their Christian faith. Appreciate Iloilo’s heritage sites with this private day trip from Iloilo City. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
10 hours
Available:
All year
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Iloilo Pilgrimage with Garin Farm Side Trip I Private Day Tour

Discover Iloilo’s popular pilgrimage sites and UNESCO World Heritage churches on this private guided tour of the city. This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to explore Iloilo City’s religious attractions and historical sites.  Your tour starts after you are picked up from your accommodation in Iloilo town proper. Your tour guide will discuss the itinerary and points of interest that you will pass by on the way to your first stop, Tigbauan Church. Tigbauan Church is a centuries-old church that stands out because of its Latin-American architecture. One of its fascinating features is the mosaic wall that shows Adam and Eve being banished from the Garden of Eden. From Tigbauan, you will proceed to Miag-ao Church. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the four churches listed collectively as Baroque Churches of the Philippines. Another notable church you will visit in Iloilo is the San Joaquin Church, which is listed as a National Historical Treasure. You will also be stopping by the San Joaquin Campo Santo, a Spanish-era Catholic cemetery. It is also declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines. Afterward, you will head to Garin Farm. This attraction has a unique combination of recreation, religion, and agriculture. Pilgrims flock to this place to experience walking through the path that leads to a replica of heaven. Climb up the Pilgrimage Hill that leads to life-sized sculptures of nine scenes from the Bible. Take some photos of these spiritual attractions before continuing with your tour in Molo.   Molo District is a unique spot in Iloilo because of its rich cultural and historical heritage. The neo-gothic Molo Church is dubbed as a feminist church because it features statues of women saints. Aside from the female saints, it is also famous for its elegant red spires.   Afterward, you will visit the Yusay-Consing or Molo Mansion. You will be amazed by the grand decor and architecture. This heritage house-museum also boasts local delicacies and Ilonggo arts and crafts.   You will also be stopping by a Sinamay dealer where you can buy beautifully handcrafted Sinamay souvenirs. Sinamay is a textile made from the fibers of the Abaca tree. It is widely used to make fabulous sun hats.  Another memorable stop is the Guimbal Moro Watch Tower. This 17th-century tower was erected in to warn locals of pirate attacks. This manned-tower alerts the locals of incoming Moro pirates and allows them to escape to safety. Cap off your day tour with a visit to Camina Balay Nga Bato. This beautiful heritage house has been turned into a restaurant. Go around and have a cup of its famous tsokolate batirol (hot chocolate) before you head back to your hotel.  Appreciate some of the country's heritage churches and historical sites on this private guided day trip in Iloilo. Check the availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
7 hours
Available:
All year
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About Garin Farm Tours

Discover heaven on earth when you visit Garin Farm in Iloilo. This beautiful tourist spot is the ideal place for solitude. Get in touch with your Catholic faith during your trip to the Philippines.

1. Where is Garin Farm located?

Garin Farm is located in San Joaquin, Iloilo. It’s 53 kilometers away from Iloilo City proper, about 1 hour and 40 minutes away. Meanwhile, it’s 63 kilometers away from Iloilo International Airport, about 1 hour and 36 minutes away.

2. Is there an entrance fee to Garin Farm?

Yes, there’s an entrance fee to Garin Farm. If you’re going to join a guided tour, the entrance fee is usually included in the package.

3. How do I get to Garin Farm?

Board a jeepney bound for San Joaquin in Molo or Arevalo to reach the Garin Farm in Iloilo City. It's about an hour of travel time. Ask your driver to drop you off at San Joaquin Cemetery at the Garin Ranch. You can travel from the highway to the place and drive a quad bike. You may also join a Garin Farm guided tour with transfers for a hassle-free trip.

4. What are the best Garin Farm tours in the Philippines?

Garin Farm is often combined with other Iloilo tourist spots, such as Miag-ao Church, Molo Church, Jaro Cathedral, Casa Mariquit, Camiña Balay Nga Bato, San Joaquin Church, and more.

5. What activities can I do in Garin Farm?

You can go sightseeing, kayaking, boat paddling, swimming, try the zipline, appreciate the life-sized dioramas of Biblical characters, or climb the steps going to the Divine Cross.

6. How many steps should I climb before I reach the cross in Garin Farm?

You have to climb approximately 500 steps to reach the cross.

7. Are there Garin Farm tours during rainy or bad weather?

Garin Farm is weather-dependent because it’s an outdoor tourist spot. Tour will depend on the discretion of the tour operator and the storm signal issued by PAGASA.