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With its cosmopolitan cities, lush jungles, and white sand beaches, the Philippines are an ideal tourist destination. This archipelago nation offers surprises around every corner, from beautiful waterfalls such as Pagsanjan Falls and the Kawasan Waterfall to the unusual cone shaped Chocolate Hills of Bohol. For travelers looking for something different, the Philippines will not disappoint.
The most densely populated city in the world, Manila is truly a melting pot of culture. A city tour is a great way to orient oneself to this exciting city. A number of tours are available which include all of the must-see sites. A visit to Makati, the country's financial center, will contrast with a day trip to Hidden Valley where visitors can relax in thermal pools.
The colonial city of Cebu offers a number of exciting opportunities. History buffs will enjoy tours which include such sites as Magellan's Cross and Fort San Pedro as well as the opportunity to watch the renowned indigenous handicrafts of the area being produced. A number of tours are also available outside the city. Visitors will enjoy touring guitar and furniture factories in Mactan or a day spent snorkeling and exploring old Spanish ruins at nearby Sumilon Island.
Visitors to the island of Boracay will want to discover everything this region has to offer. Visitors can experience the rural life of the Philippines with a day tour to Caticlan where they will explore caves and enjoy Malayan cuisine. Those interested in learning about the real community life of the area can take advantage of tours offering the opportunity to help school children with their English skills and a visit to a handicrafts cooperative.