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.more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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..more
Located at the ground floor, has a veranda at the back overlooking the rice terraces, mountains, pine forests, hanging bridge and the small town. At the veranda, you can dine there or just sit down and chat with your friends or family.The food is nice and freshly cooked, you may order in advance. Nothing special, though.more
Isnt it lovely having breakfast and seeing the scenery of rice terraces.. The Banaue hotel restaurant got a fantastic view, and yes it also offers great meal with surprisingly low price.Service is great as well, and the brewed coffee is good.The one big platter of Ifugao breakfast cost 182 pesos only.. Ifugao breakfast consist of 2 eggs (you could...more
Take the North Luzon EXpressway (NLEX), and exit at Apalit/San Simon, Pampanga, which is about 26 km from Balintawak. Head for Gapan, Nueva Ecija, passing through Sta. Ana and Arayat, Pampanga, and Cabiao and San Isidro, Nueva Ecija. Turn left at Gapan, and head for Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya, passing through Cabanatuan, Science City of Munoz, and San...more
Around Banaue proper, you could ride on the numerous tricycle's, but once you go out of town like to Batad, its advisable to rent a jeep especially if you are a group.The jeep there got wheels like 4x4, as the roads are really unforgiving.. All jeeps could be rented for a day, to Batad whole day its 800-1000, depending on your bargaining skills....more
The shops are tightly close to each other, more of makeshift stalls that sell same things, souvenir items..
What makes it special is the price, if you know how to bargain, you could really buy some good finds at really low prices, esp the local products of Banaue like wood products and cloths.
What to buy: Wood carvings are of great value, and really cheap as its the main source of living of local people.
I like to buy always the multicolored, Ethnic inspired wallets, it goes as low as 10pesos. Washable and very durable.
What to pay: couple of hundred pesos
This traditional house is called "fale". The house has thick roof made of grass, windowless and has 4 large posts. It is said that the posts were installed to prevent dampness. The posts also have rat guards to prevent rats from entering the main house as the granary is usually located beside a fale.The photo was taken with me at the top of the...more
Ifugao tribal dance is fast becoming a lost heritage. If ever you have the chance to visit Banaue, you can watch the native dance at the Banaue Hotel for free. This is a very nice experience as the dancers wear their traditional costumes while doing their ceremonial dances. If your lucky, you may even be selected to join in the dancing.more
We did NOT encounter any aggressive dogs in Banawe. However, be very careful when holding food in your hands, as an otherwise friendly dog may decide to grab it for himself, miss, and bite your hand instead. Unfortunately, that happened to me - my skin barely broke, but that's enough for a rabies infection, and more unfortunately, Banawe has one of the highest incidents of rabies in the Philippines.
And so I had to get the 1st of 5 anti-rabies shots within 24 hours (day 0). Still more unfortunately, the closest available pharmacy stocking anti-rabies shots (P1,400-1,900) is in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, one-and-a-half hours away. The clinic in Banaue can give the also necessary anti-tetanus shot, though. (The other anti-rabies shots are needed on days 3, 7, 14, and 28.)
When in Banawe, try looking for those off the road craft shops. Banawe's local people are very artistic and creates beautiful crafts made of wood, silver, bronze and other natural materials.I can't remeber the exact address of this particular shop but visitors may ask the locals for such place. It is a good idea to buy your souvenirs directly...more