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    I can touch the sky

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 14, 2004

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    A visit to Banaue is not complete without going to the Viewpoint, old or new. The new viewpoint is closer to town, but lower in terms of elevation. Since new (at least when I visited), there were no tourists around but there was no rail protection as well. One wrong move or slip may send you hurtling down the terraces. The only photo opportunity I had was with the wooden structure of a naked man nailed on the cross.

    The old viewpoint is higher and farther than the new one. There, you could have a really good view of the rice terraces. And from the top, it feels like you can touch the sky. There are local people dressed in their native costume ready to pose for a picture with you for a fee.

    Banaue Rice Terraces
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    The rice terraces.

    by cachaseiro Written Dec 21, 2008

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    The rice terraces at Banaue are probaply the most famous rice terraces in the world.
    They were build around 2000 years ago and are still in full use.
    They are situated in a very scenic way and they are the main reason why most people visit Banaue.
    I have to agree that they are very nice and i will return to this place.

    The rice terraces at Banaue.
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    Bangaan Rice Terraces

    by bike_packer Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    The amphitheater-like Bangaan Rice Terraces is an hour drive away from Banaue proper. Be ready for a 20-minute trek down to the village located at the bottom of the terrraces. The village is a typical Ifugao community, a showcase of their customs and traditions. One that is interesting are the elders garbed in their native attires happily greeting the visitors with their show-that-red-teeth smile. Take a picture with them for a minimal fee.

    Warning: The trek back up is tiresome. Bring enough supply of fuel >> drinking water.

    Village down Bangaan Rice Terraces
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    Walk and Sway that Hanging Bridge

    by bike_packer Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    The mountain slopes in Banaue are generally steep. It is a common scene then to see hanging suspension bridges as an access to villages across ravines. The swaying of the bridge over a great height while walking through gives enough thrill for city-bred tourists.

    Sway, sway!
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    Trekking at Batad, Banaue

    by utchie Written Dec 27, 2006

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    We joined two other couples (total of 6pax) to split the cost of jeepney rental and tour guide. (php375/pax). Jeep will take you to the Junction (abour 1 or 2 hour ride from Banaue Center) and will wait for you there to take you back to town.

    Jeeps are a better choice than trycs if going to Batad as it cuts almost 4hours from your walking time (2 hours to the Batad Junction, another 2 going back to your tryc after your trek).

    An estimate of 40min trek to Batad viewpoint, where you can see their ampli-theater like rice terraces, another 40mins going to Tappiyah Falls (path now gets very difficult).

    Make sure you are cardially prepared for this hike. Train your leg muscles for some serious trekking. Wear rubber shoes and thick socks to avoid blisters, stretchy pants for more flexibility, cotton tops and backpacks (to put your refreshments , and extra shirts as u will perspire so much from all the walks). Bring a sweater/jacket as the ride home will be very windy and cold.

    Also, you might want to take a dip at the falls, so bring extra clothes for that too!

    Batad Rice Terraces walking @ the rice terraces for shortcut Going to tappiyah falls, so tired.. @ Tappiyah Falls Taking a rest w/ michael, sushi and r guide
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    Batad Terrace

    by edachsund Updated May 25, 2006

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    Well, to do this is simple. I hired tricycle for a day. The driver at first was offering me to become his guide also which will include on his price. He asked for 900peso at first but I simply look at him without any expression on my face. Then I look at the great panorama from the back of my guesthouse veranda and said to him " Nahhh... it's too expensive for me!" I wasnt being stingy or what but absolutely I have to budget. Then he go again " ok, if in that case 750peso, including tour guide to Batad terrace and the Waterfall" I said again, " I dont think I have that much money to pay you you know" He look at me and try to convinced me " well,... how about 600peso for a trip to Batad junction then you have to hiking up to the middle mount by yourself" I didnt look and I just ignored what he said to me. " I go with 500peso then for that" finally he agreed.

    A sign board Spectacular from trails in Batad Village
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    Battad and Tappia

    by nimato Updated Jul 23, 2009

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    For me, this is the climax of a Banaue visit . Amphitheater-shaped Battad Rice Terraces is the most stunning rice terraces I have ever seen. As an added bonus, a large and beautiful waterfall named Tappia hidden at the far side of the rice terraces awaits tired hikers at the end of the trek.

    For a day trip to Battad, take a tricycle near the market for a flat rate of about P600 to-and-fro Battad junction, maximum of three persons. Make sure you leave Banaue town not later than 8am, for you to have enough time to enjoy Battad. Get ready for an hour of almost 100% bumpy ride before you reach the junction marker. Start the two-hour hike from here. After approximately one hour of hiking, you will reach the Battad view point. Hikers usually stop here to get excellent panoramic shots of the rice terraces. After the short stop, hike one more hour to cross the beautiful terraces and eventually reach the refreshing waterfalls hidden at its far side. Take a dip and be amazed of the beauty of the surrounding. Pack-up by 2pm so you'll be back at the junction by 4pm, where your ride back to Banaue town will be waiting.

    Amphitheater-like rice terraces Battad junction marker View from Battad saddle Getting down the terraces
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    8th Wonder of the World: Banaue Rice Terraces

    by litekimchi Written Apr 17, 2006

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    You've seen it in various photos and films, but nothing beats seeing the real thing.

    There are many view points along the road, but the best is the farthest one. It's easy to spot, find the place with the most souvenir shops and you'll know you're there. The best time to visit the view point is very early in the morning, when most of the tourists are still in bed and are just about to have breakfast. Seeing it just when the sun touches the tips of the mountains is one of the most extraordinary things in the world.

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    Climb Up the Stairway to Heaven

    by backpacker24 Written Aug 28, 2007

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    Tam-an Village
    A typical village situated 240 steps down from the Banaue Hotel's swimming pool. Here woodcarving and hand woven products are produced and sold to travelers
    Batad Rice Terraces
    These rice terraces are shaped like an amphitheater and are located in Barangay Batad. The site can be reached by a 12-kilometer ride from Banaue Hotel and a 2-hour hike uphill through mountain trails.
    Guihob Natural Pool - Crystal-clear spring which is ideal for picnics and swims.
    Viewpoint - Provides a good vantage point for taking your terraces photos. You can even hike up the terraces through the narrow cemented steps. Souvenir shops at the arrival area and a decent cafe to enjoy the view.

    For further information, check out the Banaue Hotel's tourist map or check out the Tourist Information Center.

    Tappiya Falls at Batad the tourist map at Banaue Hotel Banaue Rice Terraces Viewpoint Guihob Natural Pool
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    Banaue Tour

    by utchie Written Dec 27, 2006

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    Trycycle rental: php900, 4 to 5 hours tour. The driver is the tour guide.

    Spectular sights along the way, although i eventually got bored of rice terraces after a while.
    Prepare for a bumpy ride.

    Autobus offers vehicles for rent, rate is same as the individually owned vehicles offered in the center. It is wise to rent from autobus, or other company to ensure safe travel. We had a tire problem during our tour but autobus immediately sent another tryc. You rarely come across for-hire-vehicles, and tourist spots are a long walk away from the town center.

    the famous rice terraces @ headhunter's village foggy but still breathtaking @ viewpoint, pic w/ locals for a price (donation)
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    Swimming

    by limledi Updated Oct 24, 2006

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    About an hour's walk from Batad there's an impressive waterfall called Tappiya Falls, which plunges 30m into a natural, refreshing swimming pool. It's hard to find and the path to it is a bit steep in places. It would be better to stay overnight in Batad rather than try to make it there and back on a day trip from Banaue.

    Tappiya Falls
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    Roadtrip: Sagada

    by litekimchi Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Banaue is a small, sleepy town. If it bores you after going around the spots, you can head for Sagada.

    If you have a vehicle fit for rough, winding roads, you can drive to Sagada passing through the mountain ranges of Ifugao and Mountain Province. It's a scenic route that passes through the valleys Bontoc. The Banaue-Bontoc-Sagada route is less than 70km, but the roads are rough and difficult, it can take an average of 2-3hours on the road. Please be reminded that it is very dangerous to take this route when it gets dark, so plan your trip accordingly.

    If you don't have a vehicle, there are jeeps that can take you direct to Sagada (if there are enough passengers), take the Banaue-Bontoc jeep. Then, from Bontoc, catch a ride to Sagada. These jeeps have no airconditioning, so be prepared to arrive to your destination with dirt on your clothes (even your face). Bring a handkerchief.

    Head for my Sagada page for tips and things to do.

    Sagada's charm beats Baguio! Our tires looked after the Banaue-Sagada roundtrip White side wall Bontoc Scenery Rest stop in Bontoc, great scenes!
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    Talk to tribe members

    by heydelin Written Jul 28, 2013

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    In one souvenir shop in Banaue, you can find the Ifugao tribe members wearing their traditional dress. I asked one of them how old they are and she said 'I do not know'. Apparently, they are too old to remember their age. Anyway, most of the tribe members was not able to go to school but you will be amazed how fluent they are in English!

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    Sightseeing

    by limledi Updated Oct 25, 2006

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    The road from Banaue to Sagada via Bontoc is very scenic, with plenty of rice terraces along the way. It was so beautiful that we can't help but climb out of the car to have some picture taking. It was really awesome.

    Rice Terraces around Banaue
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    HIKE TO BANGA'AN

    by davidjo Written Aug 5, 2014

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    If you feel like stretching your legs take a hike along the narrow road that leads to Banga'an which is around 12 kms from Banaue, just follow the road from the center of Banaue, past the guest houses and head straight on, you cannot get lost. You will pass by some small villages and beautiful scenery, under hanging cliffs and past waterfalls. It took me 3 hours to reach Banga'an, but if you don't feel like walking back there is a small bus that comes along the road at around midday.

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