I would have wanted to experience a night or 2 in one of the native dwelling houses. i really thought it would be fun but due to limited time, my friend and I just explore the village. The tribal dance performed by young Igorots is amazing. You can also visit the village's souvenir shop and try donning assortment of native costumes for a token donation. I did! A lot of nice spots actually for picture taking! Take your pick.
At the Tam Awan Village, there is a strategic point (the guide will show you) , on an elevated ground, where you can see South China Sea, during a clear day. We were unable to see it as the day was quite misty but it is scenic here.
Tam Awan is about 2km NW of the town (about 15minutes bus ride) It is a replica of an Igorot Village that was built on the side of hill. The traditional Ifugao homes were actually torn apart and re-assembled here in this Village. Entrance to the Village is 20pesos. A guide will give you a tour of the Village. This project was headed by the Chanum Foundtion (Chit Asignacion is the vice-president) with sole purpose of preserving the cultures of the Cordillera people. Around the Village, you will see typical Ifugao houses and there is a gallery. You can lodge in one of the authetic Ifugao houses. In the afternoon, there is a traditional dance performance. We did not stay for the dance as we running late.
We took the jeepney near to Zandueta St to Tam Awan Village.
Pls see beautiful pictures taken in Tam Awan Village in my Travelogue.
Tam-awan Village is nestled on a steep side of the mountain at the northwestern side of Baguio City. Traditional authentic huts uprooted from farther upland were relocated here recreating a typical ethnic Ifugao village. The village is generally an art gallery where indigenous Baguio-based artists gather showcasing their works.
The village has a coffee shop (try their native hot chocolate, hmmm!) which serves as an info office and sells CD's, books and other publications relating to the Igorot people culture and tradition. Finished art works that are for sale are displayed in one of the huts and at the coffee shop.
Very much noticeable are the "solar" art works of Jordan Mangosan. His art works are no-direct contact sketches made by controlled burning on the canvas surface using a magnifying glass harnessing the sunlight. Also never miss to have a pencil portait of yours in the art room by budding artists for a few peso donation to the foundation operating the village.
1. Strawberry picking at the Strawberry field at La Trinidad Valley (about 20 minutes away from the business district
2. Go hiking in the Nature Trail of Camp John Hay. It reminds me of the Yosemite National park.
3. Look for Souveneirs (Try Narda's, Mrs. Sabater's wood products, or the Wood Carving Village, PMA, or the Export processing zone)
4. Binge in Local food at the Rose Bowl (considered local because it's been there for ages!)
5. Go Ride some horses at either the Wright Park which is just across the Mansion House, or at Camp John Hay
6. Heat it up by taking a dip in the natural sulphuric spring pools of Asin Salt spring
7. go up the million (exagg of course, maybe just a few hundreds) steps of the grotto
8. Try the Bataloc Mine ride. Be ready to get wet though.
9. Go try the Maryknoll Ecological Center's Nature Trail. When you love nature, this trail is for you.
10. The best so far that I've gone to is the Tam-awan Village. You can rent a cottage for I think 600 pesos per person per night. This is the closest to living in an ifugao village. try out their trail. You can go to a forest and end up at the top of the mountain to watch the china sea (I think that's what i saw), and the lowlands surrounding the mountain province.