Zamboanga City 3D/2N: The 1,000 Peso Travel Challenge

My itchy feet had been rested for a month now without any out of town trip and I admit that I am already bored. Luckily, the third week of March is already approaching and it’s time for me and my gang’s trip to Zambo (courtesy of Cebu Pacific from another piso fare, 775php RT all in fare!). Yay!

And what’s even more exciting this time is that we’ve challenged ourselves for a 1,000 pesos challenge. This means that we’ll just be spending 1,ooophp for the whole trip, inclusive of airport terminal fees, food, fare, and 2 nights accommodation. Can you imagine that?! I even can’t! We’ll let’s see if we’ll be able to meet this challenge. *Fingers crossed. Good luck!

So before we get all excited for a trip that  didn’t happen yet but is yet to come (I’ll still be traveling tomorrow), I’ll just be posting the details here of our Zambo plan and itinerary. Hopefully this may come in handy for you in the future, especially if your planning to travel the cheaper way.

Travel Guide: Zamboanga City – How To Get There, Accommodations, Transportation, Itinerary, Expenses and Contact Details

Getting Around Zamboanga

From the airport to the City center

Walk a few meters outside the airport and take a Canelar bound jeepney to the city proper. Fare is 7 pesos and travel time about 10 minutes.

From city proper to Pasonanca

Take a Pasonanca bound jeepney from the city proper and get off at the Boy Scouts grounds. Fare is about 10 pesos and travel time is around 20 minutes.

To Freedom Park and Mt. Pulong Bato

From the Boy Scouts grounds, hire a habal-habal that will take you to the park. Arrange with the driver for the fare, I paid 70 pesos for the whole trip.

From Pasonanca to City center

Take a ZCPM (Zamboanga City Public Market) bound jeepney and get off at the city center. Fare is around 10 pesos, travel time is 15-20 minutes.

To Jimmy’s Satti Haus

From the city center, take a tricycle to Pilar Street, and get off in front of the Satti Haus. Fare is 20 pesos.

To Fort Pilar and Paseo Del Mar

Take a jeepney bound for Canelar, then walk towards N.S. Valderosa St., they are located at the end of the street.

Getting to the airport

From the city center, take a Camins bound jeepney, it will bring you to the gate of the airport. Fare is 7 pesos.


There are a number of accommodations to choose from at the City center. From expensive hotels, to cheap inns and lodging houses. If you are on a tight budget (like me), I would recommend Casa Don Atilano Pension House.

  • Casa Don Atilano Pension House
  • Address: Atilano Compound, Mayor Jaldon Street, Zamboanga City
  • Room Rates: starts at 400 pesos per night for a fan room good for 2 persons
  • Contact Details: (62) 990-1962

Notes: To get there, take a Canelar bound jeepney from the airport. Tell the driver to drop you at Atilano Compound along Mayor Jaldon Street. From the main road, walk a few meters to get inside the compound. Turn right at the corner and then turn left. There are 2 Atilano Pension Houses in the compound, look for the pension house with the word “Casa”. Clean and spacious room.

You could also opt for:

  • David’s Inn (400 double room) at 3rd level Chowking Bldg, La Purisima Street
  • Contact Details: 62 9919038

Click here for more Zamboanga accommodations.


Here’s my suggested 1,000pesos backpacking challenge budget itinerary for a 3 days and 2 nights Zamboanga trip.

For additional travel guide such as accommodations, things to do, where to eat and other tourist spots in Zamboanga City, click here.

So that’s it! I’m now off to Ciudad de Zamboanga! Bienvenidos amigos! I’ll be posting more of my adventures here in the days to come, so stay tuned!

This 3-day adventure to Zamboanga City happened last March 23-25, 2012. Here is a series of posts on our trip to Asia’s Latin City. Discover the places we’ve been to, the people we met, the food we tasted and the experience we gained in this remarkable escapade. Zamboanga City 3D/2N: The 1,000 Peso Travel Challenge | Exploring Asia’s Latin City: Ciudad de ZamboangaPasonanca Park, Zamboanga City: The Little Baguio of the SouthLooking Back: A Visit at Fort Pilar and the National Museum of Zamboanga City | Get Wet in Pink: Sta Cruz Island (aka The Pink Island) | Nightfall at Paseo del Mar and the Musical Fountain

46 thoughts on “Zamboanga City 3D/2N: The 1,000 Peso Travel Challenge

  1. I am a chavacana, born and raised in Zamboanga. I hope you find lodging houses that will not drain you off your P1,000.00 challenge 🙂 The food are in abundance out there, try Peri Culture for cheap and delicious meals. Enjoy your Zamboanga trip! 🙂

    • Hi BlessEd! Just arrived from my adventure in Zambo. I have to say that your place is indeed an unforgettable one! It exceeded my expectations way too much! Although we got to spend a little over the 1K challenge (almost 1,500php), I’ve got no regrets at all. We’ve stayed at Atilano Compund for a 600php/night room for the 4 of us, so that’s almost 150each. I have to say the cheapest in almost all my travels! We were able to pass by the Peri Culture also. Hope to be there again! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Oh! Don’t leave Zamboanga without tasting Satti and their Cheese bread.

    I love Zamboanga, dubbed as Asian’s Latin City. My pathetic misconception of Zamboanga as dangerous was blown while I spent really cool nights at Paseo del Pilar, a quiet walk around Fort Pilar,a fun feeding of some pigeons along the street near the Spanish Museum, danced and ate with Subanen community up from the mountain.

    I’m proud that while other Philippine city is trying to be Western in their architecture, Zamboanga remained Spanish accents in its structures. Have you observed?

    Oh! PLUS!, people, walk more than they ride;) !

    happy trip!


    • Hi Michelle! I have to say that I love their Satti! That sweet and spicy taste that it leaves your mouth, and the rice that comes in an unusual form and texture that Filipinos often have, yet still maintains that delectable taste.

      Like you, my visit to Zambo also changed my perception of the place… exceeded my expectations the way I thought it could. I particularly love how the people there are able to keep their culture (just like what you’ve mentioned), and oh yes, they really keep their environment as it is. The place abounds with tall and century old trees almost anywhere. It’s amazing how they were able to keep them despite the newly constructed building within the area.

      Lastly, the people. I simply love their simplicity! Hoping to come back there again, and maybe explore Basilan! 😉

      Thanks for droppin by Michelle!

      • OMG! Those century trees that will lead you near the Fort.I fell in love with them.

        You said Basilan.It’s my long dream to land in Basilan , its not that scary, I can say its not because when I was in Zamboanga for an interfaith youth dialogue and met friends from Basilan whom themselves were victims of bombing experiences, they remained to be as normal as other youth, listening to the same latest hip we do.

        It’s interesting too that people in Basilan can see their place still in progress and in safety for as long as Jollibee is still there with them serving the yummiest burger.They see it as an indicator of the survival and security rate of their place.

        Your excursions in Mindanao really interests me because most of its cultures are really original than modernly influenced.

        Catch them before they vanish.


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