CAR: Stairways to the Stars

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Abra • Apayao • Benguet • Ifugao • Kalinga • Mountain Province • Baguio City


About the region

Nestled in the Cordillera mountain range in the heart of the Northern Philippines, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is comprised of the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Baguio City. The region has always been a popular tourist destination because of its relatively cooler climate and its unique cultural heritage.


How to get there and go around

While there are no international flights to any of the locations, Baguio City has an airport serviced by small aircrafts from other cities such as Tuguegarao City. There are also bus companies which have routes to major towns such as Bangued (Abra province), Tabuk (Kalinga province), Bontoc (Mt Province), Banaue and Lagawe (Ifugao rovince), La Trinidad (Benguet province), and Baguio City. Some of these companies are Dangwa Transit, Autobus, Partas, Genesis, and Dominion. The public transportation in the region is mostly by jeepney or van.

There are also some inter-provincial bus lines coming from Ilocos or Cagayan Valley. Travelers will experience an exhilarating ride through winding and inclined roads as the road network and infrastructure follow the region’s mount

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Where to stay

Most of the bigger hotels are located in Baguio City, which is the regional center. Some popular hotels include Hotel Elizabeth, Camp John Hay, and the Baguio Country Club. For smaller towns such as Banaue, Sagada, and Bontoc, there are more inns and pension houses which cater to both foreign and domestic tourists.

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What to eat

The region is primarily an agriculture-based economy with the diet consisting mainly of upland rice, corn, sweet potatoes, yams, meat, and poultry. Benguet province is also known for growing vegetables which are then brought to Manila’s wet markets, thus earning for itself the moniker, “The Salad Bowl of the Philippines”. A popular delicacy of the region is tapuey, or rice wine.


What to buy

The region is known for its wood products, some of which are found in stores in Manila. These woodcarving products range from the practical to the decorative. But whatever the purpose, Cordillera woodcarvings are works of art. Likewise, clothing accessories with the distinct Cordillera patterns can also be bought. From bags, scarves, or wallets, the products are a testament to the ingenuity of Cordillera weavers.

Some popular food products can be bought in Baguio City, namely strawberry jam, ube (purple yam) jam, peanut brittle, and chocolate brittle. Most of these can be bought at the Good Shepherd Convent; the proceeds are used to support scholars of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.


For Tour Operators & Travel Agents

Department of Tourism: Overseas Offices
DOT: List of accredited establishments

Or see our article on this topic for a list of major travel agencies in the Philippines:
For tour operators and travel agencies: Doing business in the Philippines

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