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Amphitheater-like rice terraces
For me, this is the climax of a Banaue visit . Amphitheater-shaped Battad Rice Terraces is the most stunning rice terraces I have ever seen. As an added bonus, a large and beautiful waterfall named Tappia hidden at the far side of the rice terraces awaits tired hikers at the end of the trek.
For a day trip to Battad, take a tricycle near the market for a flat rate of about P600 to-and-fro Battad junction, maximum of three persons. Make sure you leave Banaue town not later than 8am, for you to have enough time to enjoy Battad. Get ready for an hour of almost 100% bumpy ride before you reach the junction marker. Start the two-hour hike from here. After approximately one hour of hiking, you will reach the Battad view point. Hikers usually stop here to get excellent panoramic shots of the rice terraces. After the short stop, hike one more hour to cross the beautiful terraces and eventually reach the refreshing waterfalls hidden at its far side. Take a dip and be amazed of the beauty of the surrounding. Pack-up by 2pm so you'll be back at the junction by 4pm, where your ride back to Banaue town will be waiting.
'Carved' mountain as seen from the View Point
The view deck at Banaue View Point, a short tricycle ride (P150, back and forth) from the town proper, will give one the best images of the postcard-perfect Banaue Rice Terraces. You'll pass by several souvenirs and handicraft stalls before getting to the view deck. Very old Ifugao women in their native clothing are on the view deck also ready for any photo session with a visitor for a few peso donation. We gave P50 for the four of them.
Directions: A couple of kilometers uphill (road leading to Bontoc) from Banaue town proper.
Traditional dresses of Cordillera women
The small two-level Banaue Museum is a very good source of background information on Banaue Rice Terraces and the Cordillera people. It's worth a visit. Entrance Fee is P50pp.
What To See: A comprehensive book and atlas of the rice terraces in the Philippines; old photos depicting traditions and lifestyles of the Ifugao; wood carvings, tools, accessories and many other interesting Cordillera artifacts.
Directions: Adjacent to the Banaue View Inn just above town.
Bangaan Rice Terraces is about two more kilometers from the Battad junction marker. You may prefer to visit Bangaan first then immediately go back to Battad junction for a two-hour hike to the most gorgeous rice terraces you'll ever see (Battad, of course!).
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