OK, you're now in Banaue and after you've checked into your hotel, you want to see the terraces so what do you do next? Well, the terraces are quite extensive and a bit far from town so you obviously need transportation. Unfortunately, there are no cabs or rental cars in the area. Private jeepneys with local drivers can be hired through the hotel but they can be a bit expensive unless there are 6-8 of you then the cost can be divided.
But if you're by your lonesome then take a public bus or jeepney. There are times however when trips are few and far between so these vehicles could become full immediately. What do you then?
Well, I won't recommend this to anybody but if you think you're daring and adventurous enough, why not sit on the roof (see photo)? I have seen a few foreign guys actually doing what the locals do but I never got the chance to ask them what it felt like.
We boarded the Von-Von Liner at Bontoc bound for Banaue. It was really an old looking, rickety bus. It is non-aircond and the seats were worn off. The bus was really packed not only with passengers but with loads of "cargoes" - inside the bus and on top of the bus. Well, after traveling for an hour (the journey from Bontoc to Banaue is about 2hours ride, fare 100pesos), we suddenly heard a loud burst and suddenly the bus came to a halt on the dusty road. All of us got down t see what was a commotion - er... we had a flat! - one of the front tyres burst. Upon looking at the tyres, those tyres were really worn off - not a single tread - really smoothened. The driver and attendants came down and together got it replaced in half an hour. We were glad that the whole process did not take long.... we then continued our journey and was glad that we arrived safely in Banaue.
See pictures of the "Breakdown" attached.
If you like to see the sceneries along Bontoc-Banaue, have a look at my Travelogue titled "Sceneries along Bontoc-Banaue Journey" in my Bontoc Travel Page
Garb in an Ifugao attire plus the accessories and feel like one of them. The souvenir stores rent out their displays at a minimal fee. Me and my son did this and we must have been too authentic-looking considering that some stranger tourists asked us for a picture-op. We made the locals who charge a fee for a picture-op a run for their money. Lol!
Saturday is the only market day for the locals in Banaue. This is when most of the locals go to the marketplace to get their week's supply of food stuff, etc. One will get to see fresh fruits, vegetables, live chicken, local food. There are also clothes, shoes, toys, among other things.