the Banaue Rice Terraces
Date of trip: December 23, 2015

Protecting culture is protecting the nation.

Alas! The Christmas vacation leg was about to end and before we go back home from a week-long stay in Sagada, Mountain Province, my friends and I decided also to visit another famous tourist destination in the Cordillera region.  Therefore, we went to take a peek of the Ifugao Rice Terraces.

Ifugao Rice Terraces is one of the cultural heritage of the country to the world. For over 2000 years, the old tradition of rice cultivation has been conserved amidst of modern agricultural technology and pressures of population growth and food security. It is an ideal example of a living history of the country.

We went to Banaue despite the fact that we decided to travel back to Laguna via Baguio due to some undone tasks in the city. So we left Sagada early in the morning, travelled to Bontoc, stayed there for a while as we were waiting for the ride to Banaue. The travel to Banaue from Bontoc just took around 2 hours. We then just stayed in the Main View Point of the Rice Terraces since going to Batad would actually require us longer time for travel. After just around an hour or so of roaming around, taking pictures and resting, we decided to travel back to Bontoc, and then to Baguio City.

The stay was really brief. But that moment of appreciating one of the ancient wonders of the world, and an epitome of true Filipino Heritage, was not something that could ever be undervalued.  Brief, but wonderful, that was how I would describe my trip to this National Treasure of the Philippines.

When we left, we took nothing but pictures, we left nothing but memories.

Additional notes:

  • This trip is just a side-trip of of our Sagada visit, hence, we only went to the view point.
  • It is best to travel here before the harvest season for a better view of the rice terraces.
  • Always observe GiGO or garbage in, garbage out. Let us help in conserving and protecting our environment.
Travel Guide*    
Route Mode of Transportation Estimated Travel Time
Olivarez Plaza** to Victory Cubao Terminal Bus (Cubao Bound) 2.5 hours
Victory Cubao Terminal to Baguio City Bus (Baguio Bound) 6 hours
Baguio City Proper to Bus Terminal  Taxi 15 minutes
Baguio City to Sagada Bus (Besao Bound) 6 hours
Sagada to Bontoc Jeepney (Bontoc Bound) < 1 hour
Bontoc to Banaue Jeepney (Banaue Bound) 2 hours
*based on actual events    
**Los Banos, Laguna (College)    

 

Here are some photos in Banaue:

walking along the pathways of the rice terraces
walking along the pathways of the rice terraces
a stone statue and the Banaue Rice terraces as its backdrop
a stone statue and the Banaue Rice terraces as its backdrop
the main view point of the Banaue Rice Terraces
the main view point of the Banaue Rice Terraces
going to the top of the terraces
going to the top of the terraces
an irrigation system in the terraces
an irrigation system in the terraces
a dramatic view of the terraces
a dramatic view of the terraces
stairway from and to the top
stairway from and to the top
a lateral perspective of the terraces
a lateral perspective of the terraces

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