Mountain Biking Tour South Luzon
Highlights of the tour
Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines out of the 7,107 visually beautiful islands. Home to different mythic and majestic mountains and volcanoes, Luzon serves as a perfect place for a great mountain biking tour you’re dreaming of.
Embark on a 10-day guided mountain biking tour in the southern part of the Philippines. This tour offers cycling various historical sites such as an underground cemetery, century-old churches, and towns. We will also trek to the world’s smallest and active volcano, the Taal Volcano.
Further south, pedal your way towards Mayon Volcano in the town of Legazpi, Albay. Mayon Volcano is popularly known for its naturally perfect cone shape. This mountain biking tour also incorporates biking in the middle of rice paddies, coconut plantations, vegetable plantations and fruit plantations – allowing us to learn more about Philippine’s different tropical and organic products. Each day is composed of local food serving to ignite and fuel your thirst for mountain biking.
|Points of Interest||Santa Rosa Trails, San Pablo Trails, Taal Volcano, Mayon Volcano, Underground Cemeteray, Pandin Lake, Mount Cristobal, Mount Banahaw, Hidden Valley Spring Resort, Mount Isarog, Whale Sharks in Donsol|
|Adventures||Mountain Biking, Trekking, Beach Swimming|
|Total Distance||300 kilometers / 186 Miles|
|Duration||10 Days and 9 Nights|
|Fitness Level||out of 5|
|Location||Southern Luzon (Laguna, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Albay)|
|Group Size||Minimum of 2, Maximum of 8|
|Tour Meetup||Beyond Outdoor Adventures' Office in Makati or Hotel Pickup anywhere in Metro Manila|
|Tour Ends||Beyond Outdoor Adventures' Office or your hotel|
Mountain Biking Tour South Luzon Itinerary
Day 1 – Enjoy the trails of one of the most favourite mountain biking tour destinations by local mountain bikers, the Santa Rosa Network of Trails. Bike your way to the Tagaytay ridge and dine in a restaurant overlooking the Taal Volcano.
Day 2 – Pedal your way to the Taal Lake from the town of Tagaytay. Enjoy a 14-kilometer pavement downhill rush with fantastic view of the lake, some small islands, and the green and thick forest of Tagaytay ridge. Ride a horse or trek up to the crater and find out for your self what it feels like to be on top of an active volcano.
Day 3 – Have a blast of single tracks of San Pablo Trails with a picturesque view of “The Devil’s Mountain”, the Mount Cristobal. Lunch is served in Pandin Lake on a bamboo raft while being pulled towards the other side. Most of all, enjoy the hidden and natural beauty of Hidden Valley Springs.
Day 4 – We will visit some of the oldest churches built in 16th century in the town of Nagcarlan, Laguna – the Under Ground Cemetery and the Majayjay Church in the town of Majayjay, Laguna. A side trip to the town of Liliw, Laguna is also possible if you want to shop for nice and locally made footwears, native bags, and house decorations. Hidden in the thick jungle of Mount Banahaw, explore the Taytay Waterfalls while learning some distinct Filipino ways of living.
Day 5 – Today’s mountain biking tour is going to be more of Lucban Trails but this time, it is a little bit more technical and challenging. We will bike through rice fields, coconut plantations and several hanging bridges. After the trail ride, the group can also opt to climb the “Kamay Ni Hesus” or “Jesus’ Arms'” – a huge statue situated on top of a hill with almost 299 steps overlooking the entire town of Lucban, Quezon.
Day 6 – Today is a long travel to Naga, Bicol by car so we will depart and bid farewell to the historic town of Lucban early in the morning. Once in Naga, we will bike up and swim on a local waterfalls found in the heart of Mount Isarog. Expect some long, gradual, and technical trails in the middle of sugar cane and corn plantations.
Day 7 – Today we will mountain bike on one of the popular mountain biking tour destination in Naga, the Consocep. After the bike ride, we will board an outrigger boat that will bring us to Atulayan Island where we can enjoy swimming on crystal clear water and have a picnic at the beach front.
Day 8 – Good bye Naga. Hello Albay. This mountain biking tour in South Luzon is not complete without a visit to the majestic Mayon Volcano. Visit the famous Cagsawa Ruins with Mayon Volcano in the background. We can also try some locally-made pastries made from Pili nuts – a kind of nut that is very abundant in the Bicol region.
Day 9 – So you think swimming with the whale sharks is not possible? You’re wrong. The Philippines is home to many whale sharks locally known as “Butanding” in Donsol, Sorsogon. The Butanding, although gigantic in size is a very gentle and kind animal and is considered as the largest among the species of fish.
Day 10 – Learn more about the history and culture of the Philippines in a walking tour in “The Walled City” of Intramuros. It is considered as the oldest and historic core of the City of Manila. A professional and knowledgeable tour guide will be happy to show and guide you inside.
First, we enjoyed the trip very much. April and Alan did a wonderful job taking care of us. Jess transported us safely everywhere and has a great sense of humor that we enjoyed.” I commend you all on the good work and your commitment to providing excellent tours! — Cindy Toraya and Alessandra Incarbone
We have toured by bicycle all over the world and Beyond Outdoor Adventures tops our many experiences for the way we were accommodated. — Douglas and Margaret Johnson
We enjoyed riding the “Niners”- great bikes and the 29” wheels were perfect for us. We also enjoyed meeting and riding with the local guides at each city. All the local guides were great especially “Punks” in Lucban and “Nong” in Legazpi. — Dr. Clay and Helen Wertheimer