2-Day Adventure to Buscalan Kalinga Tattoo Village of Apo Whang-Od from Manila with Homestay & Meals

2-Day Adventure to Buscalan Kalinga Tattoo Village of Apo Whang-Od from Manila with Homestay & Meals
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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 19:00
2 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
All year
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Visit the iconic Buscalan tattoo village, home to the traditional art of batok (a form of hand-tapped tattoos), with this 2-day Buscalan tour package. This is a perfect trip for anyone wanting to get a Buscalan tattoo from the village’s mambabatoks, and the chance to meet the legendary Apo Whang-Od. The Kalinga tour package also comes with accommodations, transfers, and meals, so you won't have to worry about anything else after booking. 

On the day before your scheduled Buscalan 2D1N tour, your guide will pick you up at any point in Manila at around 7 PM. From there, you'll start the long road trip toward the mountain village. Around 3 AM, you'll arrive at Banawe. Here, you'll visit the Banawe Arc and enjoy breakfast before continuing the journey to Buscalan. Afterward, you'll get back on the road. 

Around 8 AM, you'll reach the municipality of Kalinga, where the village of Buscalan is located. From the jump-off point, you'll trek up to Buscalan. You will then check in a homestay upon reaching the village. After settling into your accommodations, you'll have a hearty lunch. Then, you'll have the rest of the day to stroll through the village. You may also use your free time to get a traditional Apo Whang-Od tattoo from one of the mambabatoks trained by Apo Whang-Od. 

By 6 PM, you'll have dinner before calling it a day. The following morning, enjoy your breakfast while taking in the cool atmosphere in the village. Afterward, you can spend the rest of the morning lining up to meet the legendary Apo Whang-Od. You may also get a small Apo Whang-Od signature tattoo from her. Then around 10:30 AM, you'll check out and leave where your 2-day, 1-night Buscalan trip ends. 

You will then have lunch on the way to the iconic Banaue Rice Terraces Viewdeck. After your time here, you'll make your way back to Manila.

Spend 2 days in the historic village of Buscalan in the Philippine highlands by booking this Buscalan, Kalinga tour package. Check the availability by choosing a date.

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Complimentary Pick up and Drop off within Manila
3 Complimentary Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
2D1N Buscalan Private Tour
1 night accommodation in a homestay, shared toilet, good for sharing 4-6 pax/room
Tour Coordinator
Tour Itinerary Day 1: Banaue Arc, Tinglayan Kalinga, and Buscalan Village
Tour Itinerary Day 2: Tattoo Session with Apo Whang Od apprentice, and Banaue Rice Terraces Viewdeck
Not Included: Other Meals, Tattoo Artist Fee, Tips and Gratuities, Entrance Fees, Other Activities


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Daily itinerary

Day 1
2-Day Adventure to Buscalan Kalinga Tattoo Village of Apo Whang-Od from Manila with Homestay & Meals - day 1

Day 1 - Day 1: Pick-up + Travel to Buscalan

Your adventure will begin around 7 PM of the night before your scheduled check in at Buscalan to minimize your travel time. Your guide can fetch you from any point within Manila. After settling in the air-conditioned vehicle, you can rest up as you're driven to Buscalan. 

Around 4 AM, you'll stop by Banawe for breakfast before continuing to Buscalan. After trekking to the village, you'll check in at your homestay and will have the rest of the day to yourself. Feel free to explore the village and  get a tattoo from the local mambabatoks.

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Day 2
2-Day Adventure to Buscalan Kalinga Tattoo Village of Apo Whang-Od from Manila with Homestay & Meals - day 2

Day 2 - Day 2: Departure + Side trip to Banaue

The next morning, you'll be treated to a hearty breakfast by 6 AM. Afterward, you'll have more free time. You can also get a tattoo from the legendary Apo Whang-Od. Just keep in mind that she can only give you a tattoo of her signature (three dots) while the more intricate designs are handled by the younger artists. By 10:30 AM, you'll check out and make your way to the Banaue Rice Terraces before heading back to Manila.

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What to bring

Valid ID
Electronic Copy of Confirmation Voucher
Mobile, Camera & Powerbank
Reusable Water Bottle
Umbrella or Cap
Personal Sanitation Kit (Alcohol, Tissue, Wet Wipes)

Good to know

Tour Information: This private tour is available daily.

Meals and any activities that are not specifically mentioned in the list of inclusions are not yet included. Entrances of the tourist sites are not yet included.

Children Friendly: Yes! Children are allowed to join the tour with parental supervision.

Pet Friendly: No. Please understand that this is for your fur baby's safety.

Senior Citizen/PWD Friendly: Yes as long as they are physically fit to join.

Ideal Pick up Time is 7:00PM within Manila only. To change the meet up time and location please request in advance so our operator may check if the itinerary will fit as we may need to move the pick-up time if the location is far and additional fee may apply.

The operator may cancel the tour in case of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances like weather conditions. In this case, you will be given the option to reschedule or request a full refund. Note that being late by 15-30 minutes without any advice is considered a no-show. Schedule cancellation requests must be made 48 hours before your original subject to approval.

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