Banaue Tour Guide and One Day Tour Itinerary

All I wanted was to see the famous Banaue Rice terraces and the beautiful Batad Rice Terraces. I packed my backpack and headed to Ohayami Bus station in Manila without any concrete plans on my Banaue adventure.

I was lucky enough that I was seated next to a beautiful backpacker from Spain. Like me, she did not have any lodge/hotel bookings yet and do not have any contacts in Banaue. We then agreed to travel Banaue together.

When we arrived in Banaue, everyone in the bus had tour services waiting from them in the bus station. Since Jana and I didn’t have any reservations, we just decided to walk to the town proper.  We were grateful that Martin, a local tricycle driver/tour guide approached us and offered to tour us around Banaue.

One Day Banaue Tour Itinerary 
Price: 800 Pesos
Tricycle Service and tour guide to the following destinations:
Batad Rice Terraces
Tappiya Falls
Bangaan Rice Terraces Viewing Area
Banaue View Deck
Native Village

6:50 AM – We left Banaue Proper
7:00 AM – Martin showed us a mini rice terraces

mini rice terraces

7:40 AM – We arrived at Batad Junction and started trekking to Batad Saddle and Batad Rice Terraces view deck
8:10 AM – We arrived at Batad Rice Terraces view deck


A short video of Batad Rice Terraces

 

The amphitheater-like terraces

8:30 AM – We started trekking from the view deck to Tappiya Falls

 

 

 

trekkers in batad
Trekkers exploring the beauty of Batad

 

Simply beautiful

 

10:00 AM – We arrived at Tappiya Falls which is literally hiding behind the mountain of Batad Rice Terraces. Couldn’t believe that I was able to survive trekking entire stretch of the Batad Rice Terraces.

I was really amazed by the clear waters of Tappiya falls

10:30 AM – We left Tappiya falls and tekked back to Batad Rice Terraces Viewing Deck

 One of the resting place from a very challenging uphill trek from Tappiya falls

 

A tourist with her lovely puppy on their way to Tappiya falls

 

Our tour guide Martin, me and Janna.. We were all exhausted!

1:00 PM  -After 2 and a half hour trek, we finally arrived at the Batad Rice Terraces view deck

A video of Jana and I resting after a tirig trek from Tappiya Falls

1:30 PM – We left Batad Rice Terraces view deck and trekked back to Batad Saddle and Junction
2:30 PM – We arrived at Batad Junction
3:00 PM – Martin brought us to Bangaan Rice Terraces

Bangaan Rice Terraces

3:15 PM – We left Bangaan Rice Terraces and headed back to Banaue Proper
4:00 PM – We arrived at Banaue Proper, BanaueView Deck

Banaue Rice Terraces View Deck

old ifugao people waiting for tourists
Photo opportunity with the locals

A short video of me and Jana in the viewing deck

The postcard perfect view of the Banaue Rice Terraces
viewing deck in banaue
beautiful rice terraces of banaue
another view of the terraces

4:20 PM – We left the Banaue Rice Terraces View deck
4:40 PM – Arrived at the Native Village

Native Village is a mini park showcasing Ifugao culture. Few meters away from the village is Native Village Inn. A one of a kid accommodation where guests get to experience sleeping in a Nipa Hut. I would definitely check-in here when I visit Banaue again.

   View of Banaue Rice Terraces from Native Village Inn
There are Nipa Huts in the village showcasing the traditional Ifugao home and furnitures
 Martin shows Jana how this native Filipino instrument is played
learning ifugao culture
Martin Explains Ifugao culture
nipa hut
    Accommodation at Native Village Inn

 

beautiful flower in native village
Lovely flowers are everywhere in the village
banaue orchid

 

backpacking in banaue
    Me and my Banaue travel buddy – Jana

 

carvings in nipa hut
  Carving beside the door of a Nipa Hut

 

 

native village banaue
Janna heading back to the tricycle
5:30 PM – We returned to the lodge/hotel
Martin is not Banaue tourism office accredited service/guide but we opted to avail his offer as it is cheaper and more convenient compared to joining a package tour. We were very lucky that Martin is very accommodating, honest and kind.

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One Armed Wanderer

An IT Operations analyst by profession, Ed started solo traveling last year when his friends (who used to be his travel buddies) started settling down. Born with a short left arm, it did not hinder him to continue traveling and exploring the Philippines. He may have limitations but he is using what was given to him.. feet to walk and wander. (E-Mail: ed@edpuno.com / iMessage: ed@edpuno.com)

2 Comments

  1. Hi sir! How much po lahat ng expense niyo? And san po kayo sumakay from manila? Thank you!

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