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    Having picture with the hill tribes

    by shavy Updated Jan 24, 2015

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    Is always nice if you have a picture together with the hill tribes, this elderly women are dressed for a photo. After our trekking from Bangaan we ask our guide where we can have a picture with the hill tribes, and he said is in View point

    There are other places in Banaue where visitors able to have picture with hill tribes, because we haven't much time in Banaue we would really like a picture of the Ifugao Tribal people. We're glad we were able to have a photo with them without going to the other place

    Going to viewpoint in Banaue on the road to Bontoc, normally this elderly women is ready to have picture with everyone. When we arrive there it was cold and rainy, and see this women sitting in a corner of the souvenir shop to warm themselves

    My heart feel so small seeing this woman. They were so happy see us arrive but they don't bother us, they stay in the corner. After taking picture of the viewpoint we ask our guide we want to have picture with the hill tribes women, and he called them. I find them very cool, I can see they are used to pose in a picture. They know how to entertain themselves. Is not a mandatory to pay them, but if you have a small heart a small donation is always welcome and it can make them very happy

    Address: Banaue viewpoint

    Elderly hill tribes women
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    The View Point Rice Terraces in Banaue

    by shavy Written Jan 22, 2015

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    After our Bangaan tour we wanted to have a picture of the hill tribes, our guide said, it is in Viewpoint. It was raining a lots when we return to town but it didn't stop us from going back there. When we arrive at the Viewpoint were so disappointing, the weather is so bad the fog plays around the terrace, we took photos but is not very impressive view.

    The Viewpoint is on the road to Bontoc, easy to come here by yourself. There is a lot of beautiful panoramas on the rice terraces. There are several vantage points for observing the beauty of these terraces but the perfect place to see them is the Viewpoint located some three kilometers north of the Banaue town center. You can walk the distance to the Viewpoint or ride a tricycle or jeepney

    Directions: Banaue road to Bantoc

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    The village has become an historic sight

    by shavy Written Jan 22, 2015

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    Before coming to Banaue one of our main goal to this trip is taking a trek to the rice terraces, and there were two of our list. Batad and Bangaan because of my incorrect trip planner, we can't do Batad but we really like to experience the trek, thanks to our guesthouse host we're able can do Bangaan. Despite to bad weather we went to Bangaan, is quite a long distance from proper town of Banaue

    We have a good local guide a knowledgeable guy owns a tricycle, we're satisfied with his tour. Walking through the rice fields is very enjoyable, once were down there, it gives me a peaceful mind, you are surrounded by mountain as I look around I've see small waterfall, house on the top hill, the foggy mountain it was amazing!. A place I would come back again and spent a little more time

    Address: Bangaan Banaue

    Rice field in Bangaan Our local guide
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    It’s picturesque... there is no other word for it

    by shavy Updated Jan 22, 2015

    The walk from the road down to the village and back up takes no longer than 1 and half hours. Much of the walk is through rice fields. Imagine a valley surrounded by high green mountains, with only steep rice terraces on their lower slopes, and a tiny hamlet in the middle. Wherever you look, narrow walls, paths make it possible to walk amidst these rice fields.

    Because it’s not the rice harvest season only fields with seedlings are bright green in December when we visited. But there’s a lot more to these rice terraces than growing rice, their construction technique a massive effort for 2000 years ago and also the traditions of the Ifugao people that still live here and earn a meagre income from the rice and making a bit on the side by selling souvenirs

    Address: Bangaan Banaue

    Bangaan Rice Terraces Bangaan and the Village
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    Approaching to Bangaan Village

    by shavy Written Jan 22, 2015

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    After taking all the steps going down I can't remember how much step was that, but I'm sure there were a lot. Some of the stair was slippery because of the rain but so far none of us didn't slide.

    The village is relatively small but they have their own small church. Bangaan is a truly lovely village nestled in among its own rice terraces and surrounded by mountains

    I can see once we entered the village, that there is no luxury. The first thing we came into is the tiny souvenir stall, the lady was very friendly and welcoming us.

    Even though we don't need anything I bought something, a small carved wooden necklace for my travel buddy. I normally haggle but when I saw the situation here, I don't dare to ask a discount I even did not ask my change, I said to her she may keep the change and she was so thankful

    Address: Bangaan Banaue

    Bangaan Village
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    Is just planted.... but still nice to see

    by shavy Updated Jan 22, 2015

    During our trekking to Bangaan I know it well worth, and if speaking of trekking we know is gonna be walking climbing and exhausting. Visiting in December month some of the fields are empty and some of the basin the rice were just planted. It would be nice if you are visiting the rice terraces when all are greenish. The weather in Banaue is unpredictable, one can be lucky if the weather is dry especially in December

    We have rain during the trek and we're lucky it stops when we're down to the paddies. The wandering around was beautiful even though the rice is in growth but at least we've seen how is like before the harvest time. Imagine this was planted by hand one by one planting this rice is like an art.

    Address: Bangaan Banaue

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    Trekking to Bangaan

    by shavy Written Jan 21, 2015

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    We choose the trekking to Bangaan because we haven't much time. There were different route for trekking in Banaue. We have pretty bad weather that day, but sometime the rain stop and we're so lucky when we went down to the village the rain stops for awhile otherwise can be very slippery.

    So many stairs to go down and I sometimes look behind me, and said oh boy, I'll have to go up too. The trek was nice, we walk through the paddies seen some unusual plants, fish and some other things that I did not expected to see in the rice field

    Fish in the rice field, this is the first time I heard that fish grow in the field. The farmer keep some fishpond in the rice field. Our guide was with us, is good to have a local guide, you can hear a story about life of the farmers in Banaue

    Once you are completely away from the stairs it is a lovely place to walk between the rice fields, is an open place where you have the views around the village. The village is surrounded by mountain, trekking in Bangaan is easy and short, about 30 min going down and 30 min going up. The trek is probably not suitable for people with walking difficulties. The stairs are really not easy if wet, but I think it will be a good place to trek when the weather is dry

    Address: Banaue

    Going to the village
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    Typical house in Banaue.........some unusual thing

    by shavy Written Jan 21, 2015

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    During our ride with the tricycle we stop from time to time to have a look of the view to the rice terraces, and this typical house hung on the rock. Incredible how people can live in this tiny home. On the way to Bangaan you will see this house to your right side if coming from Banaue town

    As I look good at it, the house stands on a ground but hung on one side of the rock. I'm sure the house it doesn't weight too much, but what happen to the people inside. I just don't understand it, but anyway it certainly have a nice view from the back

    Address: Banaue

    Another typical house in Ifugao
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    Bangaan Village....a typical village of the Ifugao

    by shavy Written Jan 21, 2015

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    While we're up on the road we stop a few times and looked the village. The view from the top it wasn't look like a typical house of Ifugao. People in the village lives in a modern home. The roofs are all like in the same color, it looks closer to get there but on our way down takes about 30 minutes

    In the village there were not much of typical house to found, people in this village has a home like any other people in bigger town, I was surprised when I saw this

    Bangaan Village is a good place to trek, we haven't much time during our visit and we like to see some village. So we have Bangaan on our list, people in the village were very friendly and they speak very well English

    Address: Banaue

    A small village in Banaue
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    Here are the rice terraces....... .truly beautiful

    by shavy Written Jan 21, 2015

    We visit Banaue in December, honestly, it was not a good time to visit the place, plenty of rains and cold. We were here so we have to make the most of it. It would be a shame to come here without seen the rice terrace.

    Since arrived in Banaue till the time we left, the rain didn't stop, it was terrible. But it didn't stop us from going trekking. To see this views we're on our way to Bangaan, our tricycle stop on the way to have a good view of the terrace

    We have a good local guide, I don't think we can do it on our own in a short time. To get here you need a transport. Some parts of the road is horrible, especially was raining the road were so muddy. I watch our driver struggle to get through the mud road. But we made it after all

    Address: Banaue

    Rice Terraces of Banaue
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    AN EYESORE

    by davidjo Written Aug 5, 2014

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    There is a new building with 4 floors right in the center of this beautiful village, but unfortunately it is an eyesore. There are numerous cafes, clothes shops, small grocery stores and a few souvenir shops and tourist agency. Although we did not like the building we did find a small coffee shop where we sat and watched the comings and goings of the market across the street.

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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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    VISIT BANGA'AN

    by davidjo Updated Aug 5, 2014

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    Banga'an is around 12 kms from Banaue and is probably worth the effort to visit this small village which can be reached by bus or jeepney, but there will only be one or two a day. Most tourists will go by tricycle, or if you are a hiker it is a nice walk.
    Careful not to slip on the many steps when descending to the village. Unfortunately it is all set up for tourists. Don't miss the noon time bus back, or you will have to walk. Quite interesting to see the native houses if you haven't seen that type of thing before.

    APPROACHING BANGA'AN BANGA'AN NATIVE HOUSE

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    TREK TO THE VIEWPOINT

    by davidjo Updated Aug 5, 2014

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    As i had lived here in '95 i was shocked at the price for a guide to take you through the rice terraces to the Viewpoint. When i lived here i used to amble through the rice terraces each week without a problem and it was easy to find the way. I suggest you walk up the road to the last viewpoint ( there seem to be 4 viewpoints now, everyone cashing in!), and walk back through the terraces.
    There are ample opportunities to photograph the rice fields and at each viewpoint there are souvenir shops, that i could do without.

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    PEOPLE WATCHING & ADMIRE THE SCENERY

    by davidjo Written Aug 5, 2014

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    People's Lodge has been around for over 20 years and one should take a coffee or snack there just to sit at the long table outside on a small balcony that overlooks the houses below. Watch the locals go about their daily chores, view the mountains and just sit and enjoy yourself. People's Lodge is near the market, just a few meters on the road that goes down the hill.

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