Traveling to Kalinga has been by far the most remote experience I ever had.
Luplupa Riverside Inn is located on the other side of the Mighty Chico River. This river is considered as one of the best river to experience white water rafting. Very ideal for exploring the North part of Luzon.
Tinglayan, Kalinga is about 3 hours from Bontoc. Getting to the inn will take 20 minutes walk and climb at many stone stairs. Basically, you need to cross a hanging bridge that elongates about the stretch of SM Megamall Building A to Parking Area. For those who knew this place, it is kinda extremely long plus the shaky feeling. For those who have fear of heights, this is one good way to conquer it.
After crossing the bridge, you have to walk and climb stairs for about 15 minutes or more to reach the inn. Don't be surprise that you will encounter wild pigs everywhere as this is as the local's pet and source of food and income. Kinda funny that on the way to the inn, you will enter a house that is like literally a barn as you will enter and exit that place that you need to open and close a door that traps the pigs. Basically, that's life for them.
Arriving the Luplupa Riverside Inn, you will feel this comfort feeling that you are at home. The house is surrounded by different plants, flowers and mountains. Immediately, you will feel that you blend with the locals. You can rest for a while outside the house as tables and chairs are set. Upon entering the house, please be sure to take off your footwear. Owners value the cleanliness of their space.
A simple room was offered to me. Along with the bed, it includes chair, table and a big cabinet to place your things. There are two common bathrooms in the house for the guests. Both are very clean and nice, but no heater available. Room rate is Php 250 per night.
The owners are really nice and hospitable. They offer lunch and dinner and be ready to appetite yourself for vegetables. Yes, many local vegetables. Usual Filipino meals are served, very home-made so don't expect a restaurant feel. You will eat together with the owners, helpers and other guests. It's like a family meal, all in all. :)
Make sure to bring mosquito or bug repellent. Light is turned on when I slept so all of the mosquitoes and bugs are having a "night-life-party" near the light bulb and eventually will fall on your bed. No screen protector as well in each windows.
Best experience is to drink Kalinga's coffee in a cold morning. The inn offers this local product. One of the best coffee you will ever taste, I guarantee.
Overall, I spent Php 400 for the room/ 1 night only, dinner and coffee.
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