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
Bangaan Rice Terraces Viewing Area
Banaue View Deck
6:50 AM – We left Banaue Proper
7:00 AM – Martin showed us a 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
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.
10:30 AM – We left Tappiya falls and tekked back to Batad Rice Terraces Viewing Deck
1:00 PM -After 2 and a half hour trek, we finally arrived at the Batad Rice Terraces view deck
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
A short video of me and Jana in the viewing deck
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.