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We recommend leaving Manila between 6 and 7 am to avoid rush hour, we make stops at San Jose and the Dalton pass shrine and we will arrive in Banaue 8-10 hours later. Banaue remains the center of the rich Ifugao culture and is a convenient base for visiting the rice terraces in the north.
Majestic Banaue and the surrounding rice terraces have evolved over 2000 years and are named the “eighth wonder of the world”.
Near to Banaue in Kiangan during World War 2 is where Ifuguo and American troops forced General Yamashita to make his informal surrender and we will visit here upon request.
A “must do” visit is the Banaue Museum which gives you an overview of Ifugao culture, history and tradition and a Banaue viewpoint.
Banaue hotel is our main stopover, but pension houses in Banaue town or a native village inn, 45 min travel by 4×4 from Banaue town can be booked for your overnight stay.
From Banaue, trips can be made to the rice terraces of Hapao (oldest rice terraces), Banga-an, Moyoyao and by the far the most popular visited, Batad.
Batad and Moyoyao are Unesco world heritage sides. Batad is usually included in our itinerary as it’s the most accessible and offers superb scenery. The restaurants near the viewpoint of Batad offer enjoyable meals. The “saddle” near Batad is the drop off point for this trip and can be reached by a 12 km (45 min) jeepney ride from Banaue. From there, it is a 45 minutes’ walk to the viewpoint where you can enjoy the stunning panorama of the mountains and rice terraces while taking your lunch.
Batad and its unique Amphitheatre of rice terraces is the starting point to hike to other destinations such as Cambulo village, Batad village, the waterfall at Tappiya (where you can swim) or Banga-an. You could also opt to stay overnight in Batad ( Basic rustic accommodation). The hike from the viewpoint back to the saddle takes about 1 hour.
Your driver guide will recommended and advise you on the best choice for you to hike, depending on the road, weather conditions and your fitness.
On the way back to Manila we could visit the “Sunken Church”. This church was almost submerged by ash originating from the Mt Pinatubo eruption, the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century in 1991.
Departs (Pick up/Drop off)
– Roundtrip transportation by luxury air-conditioned vehicle: Manila-Banaue-Manila (Free WIFI onboard, subject to service availability) with English speaking driver guide.
– Fuel, toll fees, parking fees & registration fee.
– 2 Nights best available run of the house accommodation with hot water shower incl. 2 breakfasts, local taxes & service charges.
– 1 day mountain trail hike to a local village incl. local English speaking guide and partly using local jeepney. Choice of Batad or Banga-an village.
– Viewpoint & Museum visit, incl Museum entrance.
Itinerary may change due to weather or local conditions.
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