BENGUET | Walking Around Baguio’s Tam-Awan Village

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tam-Awan Village Trail in Baguio City

A rampaging 20-minute taxi drive from Burnham Park found us at the gates of Tam-Awan Village in Barangay Pinsao.

Constructed in 1998 by the Chanum Foundation, the Tam-Awan Village showcases the different types of Ifugao and Kalinga houses found in the region. Some of these are replicas while others, like the BinayonTam-Awan Village Entrance in Baguio City hut of the Southern Kalinga Province found here, are rare and authentic (being one of only three existing in the country now). Everything is set up as an genuine Cordillera village, giving a chance for non-locals a sneak peek into their communities.

Five of the huts are available for overnight accommodations; the Anaba, Love Bug, Dukligan, Lukkong and New Hut. Rates are surprisingly affordable,  especially for big groups. Don’t expect luxurious amenities and cable televisions here though; prepare for an authentic mountain cabin experience.

Along these huts are meter-wide dirt-paths that wind through the sides of the knoll. These trails are mostly uphill and can get pretty complicated if it’s your first time as it branches off into unknown routes; but Hanging Bridge at Tam-Awan Village in Baguiofear not, as you definitely won’t get lost here.

It would be better if you check the brochure given at  the entrance though as it contains a map of the area. The whole course becomes pretty straightforward after your first pass.

There’s a path that we were not able to explore that leads on and on up through the hill. I’m not sure where this pass led to, but we stopped halfway and went back. We passed a couple going through the same route and asked them on their way back if they were able to see where the trail ends up in. They were also unable to find out as they also went back after a while since the pass seemed unending. Interesting.

There’s a certain vibe in the village that I can’t quite put my finger into that would have you looking over your shoulder especially if you’re alone on the trail, and it’s probably these that made us and the couple after us abandon that unknown path.

The regular trail peaks on a hut located on the apex of the village. From here, you get a panoramic view the whole village and parts of Baguio City. This is my favorite spot in Tam-Awan Village; rest up and savor the mountain air before heading back down the village again.

Tam-Awan Village Trail in Baguio City Resting Hut at Tam-Awan Village in BaguioDukligan Hut at Tam-Awan Village in Baguio

Top View of Tam-Awan Village in Baguio City Trellised Path at Tam-Awan Village in Baguio

Click to view location on Google Maps Tam-awan Village
Address: 366-C Pinsao Proper, Baguio City
Entrance Fee: Adult Php50.00 | Kids Php20.00    Open Hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Contact Number: (074) 446-2949 | (074) 442-5553   Email:

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  1. Meron ding cafe dito sa Tam-awan, natry mo rin ba yung food nila dito?

  2. Claire
    Napuntahan namin kaso busog kami hehe, uminom lang kami ng refreshments =)
    Blogged it na pala =P

  3. hi..i've been to tam-awan village countless times ,the seemingly unending hike trail(can get slippery and muddy if it rained the night before) you did not reach is a camp site. it's a flat terrain way up there and used mostly by school children for overnight camping. the view is fantastic..notwithstanding the ever-increasing construction of houses at one side. but if you want a close to nature experience,spend at least a night there and you will marvel at the sunset and the awesome sunrise,plus some bird and star-gazing as well, so it's worth it. the bathroom facilities up there, you have to go back down to the restroom area near the cafe. =,) p.s. local artists there can draw or sketch you as you pose and model for at least 15 minutes. it's an unusual but delightful souvenir to take back home, they have no fixed fee for this but if you love their work, what you pay them will go a long way to keep tam-awan village's charm intact.

    1. Thank you for that info! I'll check out that trail to its end next time :)