At the viewpoint, I was totally awed by the panorama- the high-rising, rice terraces. It has a skillfully devised irrigation system. I've always wondered how did the Igorots built the terraces thousands of years ago, in the absence of modern machineries and equipments.
Visit the giftshops for some quality, low priced souvenir items.
While the rice terraces are best viewed in summer, when the rice shoots are in full bloom, we were still able to enjoy the following scenes in January 2007:
At Banaue itself, in Barangay View Point - easily accessible by car, just ask.
At Hapao, one-and-a-half hours away by car - well, we did it using a Honda Civic, but if you're not that adventurous, use an off-road vehicle instead. To see this magnificent panorama, we winded up and down one mountain, and then winded up another.
At Batad, one hour away by jeep, and another hour away trekking down a fairly steep slope - both the road trip and the trek offer magnificent views themselves. P1,850 for the jeep and P800 for the guide. The guide is optional, but if you choose to get one, haggle only with the guide himself - otherwise, your contact will probably give you a very friendly and intelligent native but not a professional guide, which is what we got ;-) There is a restaurant there, and you can stay overnight, which may be a good idea if you visit the waterfall an hour's trek away.
If you're not booked in this Inn, you can come and just visit the place, it's nice. The ambiance is different from the downtown Banawe. What you see here are the native Ifugao house, lush greens, the panoramic view of the rice terraces, endless mountains and pine forests.
You may rent a tricycle to take you to this place.
Entrance fee is P20.00.
If you're not booked in this hotel, you can come and visit the place. Back of this hotel is the swimmng pool, view of beautiful mountains and also some rice terraces. At the rirgt side is the trail leading to a souvenir shop and then to the village of Tam-an.
This is another small village situated also at the bottom of the mountain, giving that bowl-shaped impression, thus the name, Banga-an. This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Banga-an is such a quiet village and you can feel the tranquility od the place while taking that much needed rest after an all-day hike. Delight in the view of the rice terraces forming a backdrop all round the village.
My trek to this village was a test of endurance and a challenge. It's an all-day hike. The rice terraces in Batad is trully amazing, beautiful! Be awed by the sight of the massive amphitheater-shaped rice terraces, its high stoned walls and the small village nestled at the bottom of the mountain.
Other spot to see is the Tappiya Waterfalls. The all-day hike was well worth the effort.
Walking through this suspension brigde is quite exciting and fun because this is not commonly found in modern cities. I crossed this bridge to get to the other side of town until I reached the rice fields.
Thats me with Bornok, my friends brother, having a souvenir shot while standing on the terraces..
Believe me, there is a need for a great sense of balance, as you could easily fall into the next terraces... But standing there is amazing, its a must to do.
This is again in Brgy View Point..
Barangay View Point is a great place to go esp on late afternoon when its not foggy, there are a lot of view points to stop and took some photo.
This is one of my favorite photo, as you could see a nipa hut on top of the terraces...