Banaue Rice Terraces

Batad Trail, Banaue, Ifugao

Banaue Rice Terraces
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Carolina E.
5.0 Stars

I wish people wont clutter and mess this place. I have heard stories about filipino touirists or kids would throw plastics and spit everywhere, like save this place pls. When we went here, everyone was nice and friendly to us. It's good for instagram or blog pics too.

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Darlene M.
5.0 Stars
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You see, there is not only one spot to view them, but rather four viewpoints separated by a short distance from each other, all accessible via the main road. When we went there last November 2014, the original plan was to walk from the inn we were staying in, up until the Main viewpoint. But the weather was on a bad mood since the first day, making our trip to Batad even more challenging. Kuya Randy of Randy’s Brookside Inn was gracious enough to arrange two tricycles for the four of us, to take us through each of the viewpoints and snap our cameras to our heart’s content.

The first viewpoint was an unassuming space beside the road, with just a railing separating you from the ground and the cliff below. Lady luck was on our side, and the rain was called away for at least a few hours.
A few minutes from the first viewpoint, the second stop also didn’t have much signage. But this time, visitors can go down a few flights of steps to a small landing pad closer to the terraces. The view is also free of wires that distract you from the view, not unlike the first stop.

Meanwhile, signages and marker abound in the third viewpoint. There was also a few souvenir in the other side and there was even an elderly Igorot waiting for tourists. You can make a small donation in exchange for the pictures taken with him. Conveniently, you can sit by the concrete edge and just let the beauty of the scenery sink in.

Our melancholy moment was cut short by the drizzle. It was nature’s way of telling us to get a move on. Upon reaching the main viewpoint, the adage “save the best for last” popped into my mind. It definitely earned its name because by far it was the grandest among the four. Grandest in the sense that it was the most modern, with a large balcony set on concrete legs with a few souvenir stalls on it and a stairway leading you down to the foot of the terraces. Other souvenir stalls can also be found on the roadside near the main viewpoint. Waiting for the tourists were also five elderly Ifugao women, who’ll delightedly take you up on the offer to say “wacky wacky” repeatedly while striking a pose in one corner of the viewpoint. This spot also offers you a seemingly endless view of the terraces stretching out until the Poblacion. Our guide even quipped that we can trek along the paddies and come out right near the town.

Harvest season has already come and gone but even devoid of rice stalks, one still can’t help but be awed by these engineering and agricultural marvel made by our ancestors with nary a modern tool. With the urging of our guide, we descended the carved steps leading below the mountain. Luckily, there was a railing to hold on to, a reprieve in case your legs can’t take the burn because of the steep man-made stairs. The ubiquitous sunflower is ever present along the way, its bright yellow color serving as a shining beacon towards the so near yet so far rice terraces. Finally, we’ve reached the end of the railing and found that it’s beyond our powers to go down the next flight of stairs. Imagine our embarrassment when two local children passed by running up and down the said stairs like it was a piece of cake!

Travel date: November 2014

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Chie C.
5.0 Stars

We went to three Rice Terraces, on our first day we experience hiking at the Banga-an Rice Terraces and we saw the Big Falls but there's no Banga-an place here at the Looloo App. Hehe. And then we went to another Rice Terraces - I forgot the name -_- And our last stop, here at the Banaue Rice Terraces, too bad it was raining and there's a fog. But still, I love this place. And hoping I could go back someday 128522

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Ed L.
4.0 Stars

I was on my way to Batad and the local drivers asked too much for a ride to my destination, so I started walking.

I ended up passing by this view.

No words. No regrets. Best walk ever.

An hour later I was able to hitch a ride.

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Steffhanie S.
5.0 Stars

After a 1 1/2 month hiatus from traveling and wandering around, I am so much thankful for the APEC holidays (scrap off the traffic issues anyway) as finally our cancelled Sagada trip last June will push through for real!

The scary yet really exciting long long ride to Sagada started at around 9:30PM last Tuesday. We made sure to not be so hassled with the number of tourists who'll flock the north so we reserved bus tickets in advance. For 720php only, you'll be able to ride a bus from E. Rodriguez, Quezon City straight to the Mountain Province under the Coda Lines bus company.

Yes, the travel was such a long long way to go. An expected 13 hours of travel time is needed to reach this part. Good thing I was with my best girl friend and another friend of ours who kept the ride bearable through chit-chats, snacking and snoozing off whenever we feel like doing so. And yes, this is also a best time to clear off my mind from all the work stress I've been carrying lately.

It was exactly 6:20AM when we had our 2nd bus stop within the area of Banaue. The usual excited in me can't wait to eat brekky at the town proper so I decided to go down by myself and drank the province's brewed coffee paired with kakanin at a convenience store while chatting with the locals. After 10-15 mins., we were asked by the bus conductor to hop in already and savor the remaining 3 1/2 hours of our bus trip.

When I was about to fall asleep, the bus stopped and we were told that we can go down to have a sight from the main view point of the Banaue Rice Terraces! Upon hearing that, my heart jumped for joy! I have this great, crazy fascination with the rice terraces of our country. It thrills my mind to see how their levels look just spaces with soil but more than that, their so many levels with different shapes and sizes have all these rice crops for us to eat.

I went out and ran to the view point. With the perfect light coming from the sun's 6AM look, the rice terraces of Banaue looked really majestic from above. The greenness of the area highlighted with the brownness of the soil with the yellow-orange rays from the sun made it look so real, so picturesque, so calming. The mountains and trees surrounding each of them made the view more perfect, like it's already photo or painting ready. On the sides, you'll see the man-made stairs that serve as the walking point of the lovals whenever they need to start a day's job. Imagine how this masterpiece was crafted! With the good, cold weather at Banaue, we didn't even notice that we've been appreciating the view, and of course taking a lot of photos of this famous tourist spot for more than thirty minutes already that the conductor already called us or else the bus might leave us, uh oooh!

Without charges, the sightseeing of the most famous rice terraces of the Philippines from the main view point is a must see and experience. With its natural beauty, from the hard work of our brothers and sisters from the Mountain Province, you'll be in awe with how this creation was brought to life by people who have much love for the blessing of nature given to us and probably, just like me, will make you look forward to a rice planting experience to get closer to this beauty that hopefully will never die, just continue blossoming to its utmost existence, for more Filipinos and tourists to appreciate and love.

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Flo A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Jeanne Stephanie E.
5.0 Stars

Was here last weekend and the view of the rice terraces is amazing! It took 8 hours from Manila to here. There is also an Igorot living here and you can take photos with him and he has an Igorot costume that you can borrow and take photos wearing it. Just donate any amount of money. 128522

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Roy T.
5.0 Stars

128525128525128525 loved how the sunrise reflects on the rice terraces waters. now I know why it was and still hailed as one of the wonders of nature!!

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Kring K.
5.0 Stars

I feel proud to have a photo behind me of the Aguid Rice Terraces. :) Nice one work of art Ifugaeños! :D

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Ig Plummer S.
5.0 Stars

I am speechless...

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Abegail H.
5.0 Stars

Help the ifugaos recover what was once a wonder.

Travel to ifugao. Experience the culture. Be one with the nature. Bike through the hills. Help the tourism industry. Let us show that not only foreigns know Banawe.

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Kiko G.
5.0 Stars

We took the Banaue route on the way to Sagada so we can see the Rice Terraces of Ifugao..

I already felt dead tired and draggy after a 6-Hour drive from Manila. I parked at one of their main viewing decks so we can get the best shot of the terraces. At first view, I was blown away. It's way better face-to-face than seeing it in the photos. I forgot how exhausted I was from the long drive because I was so amazed by how it was engineered. It was a visual refuge for me.

Getting out of the city streets is the reason why we planned to drive north. The Rice Terraces surely did not disappoint because it is simply b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. It's only the first stop and I am very excited about what Sagada has to offer..

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Jonas R.
4.0 Stars

Banaue Rice Terraces is one of the more popular Philippine destinations published in our elementary text books. This UNESCO world heritage site was completed a number of decades ago with the least help from the modern technology.

There is a number of view points of Banaue Rice Terraces. This particular one is the same view printed in the old one thousand peso bill.

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Brian B.
5.0 Stars

Breath-taking. World heritage.

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Lyra L.
5.0 Stars

A long and weary trek must be survived to witness this breathtaking view + the cool weather. Truly majestic creation.

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Masaya S.
5.0 Stars

It's really worth going!!

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Abegail H.
5.0 Stars

Banaue Rice Terraces. It's a very sad that what was once part of the wonders of the world is now just a plain tourist spot.

Those beautiful rice terraces pounded by our ancestors was something that Philippines should have guarded and maintained to gain tourist from all over the world but then again there was no support not even from the kins of those who hailed their strengths up to the Gods for a prosperous harvest. The last time I was here there were houses built on the terraces as if they were trying to put up a subdivision there. But on this visit, those houses that ruined one of the wonders of the world were not there anymore, wow! This is a good step of bringing back what was before a wonderful place. And I heard the Governor of Ifugao has found several towns and barangays in Ifugao that has a more beautiful landscape of rice terraces and one is in Mayaoyao. Hhmmm! 128513

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April H.
5.0 Stars

Spectacular view! Don't mind the haters, you can't see this anywhere else128154128154128154

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Jay-Jay R.
2.0 Stars

too much praise ive heard on this.. But its ethnicity has lost its touch.. Better yet go to Kalinga Province. Nicer terraces!

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Angelica Y.
5.0 Stars

Lovely place!

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