Friday, May 27, 2016

Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao Mountain Province

Since I was a kid, image of our very own rice terraces is very popular in the Philippines. We’re all familiar with its magnificence through its picture and story alone. And experiencing it in real life makes me appreciate more its exquisiteness and be very proud of what we have.

Declared by the Philippine Government as a National Culture Treasure and considered as the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. Banaue Rice Terraces is just one of the rice terraces in the region of Ifugao and Northern Luzon (Others which are Batad, Bangan,  Mayoyao,Hungduan, and Nagacadan rice terraces). This 2,000 years old terraces is carved by the Igorot's ancestors and were built just by hand.

How to get there?
The Banaue Rice Terraces is located in the mountainous north central region of Luzon. There are several bus companies that have direct trips to Banaue, Ifugao. Like Ohayami, KMS, and Florida. You can all find their terminals in Manila near Espana. Fare is around Php500.

You can also ride Florida or Victory Liner Buses in Cubao going to Tugegarao City where you can alight at Bagabag Junction in Nueva Vizcaya. Then from Junction, you can ride jeepneys going to Banaue.

Travel time is about 8-9 hours taking Eastern Highway. And travel time from Bagabag to Banaue is around 2.5 hours. 

Shot from the viewpoint

busy taking pictures

closer look

selfie at the rice terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces
Nueva Vizcaya - Ifugao - Mountain Province Rd, Banaue, Ifugao

Mt. Kupapey +  Maligcong Rice Terraces
(Sidetrip Banaue Rice Terraces)
Bontoc, Mountain Province


Day 00

10:00 PM Meet Up MCDO in front of Trinoma
11:00 PM ETD from Mcdo

Day 01

06:00 AM ETA Banaue (Stopover at Banaue)
07:30 AM ETD Banaue (Side trip at Banaue Rice Terraces)
10:30 AM ETA Maligcong, Bontoc (Free Time/Rest/Prepare/Check in)
12:00 PM Lunch 
03:00 PM Trek to Maligcong Rice Terraces
05:00 PM Start Descend
06:00 PM ETA Homestay
07:00 PM Free time for food trip

Day 02

02:00 AM Wake up call
03:00 AM Start trek to Mt. Kupapey
05:30 AM Sunrise at Mt. Kupapey
07:00 AM Start Desend
09:00 AM ETA in Homestay
10:00 AM Check-out in Homestay
10:30 AM ETD from Maligcong
11:00 AM ETA in Bontoc Proper (Lunch, free time)
02:00 PM ETD from Bontoc
04:00 PM ETA in Banaue
11:00 PM ETA in Manila


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