Visit Banaue & Northern Luzon
The Northern Luzon region is home to remote villages and diverse indigenous tribes - often dating back to the Stone Age. The highlight of Banaue is its 2,000-year-old rice terraces.
Banaue & Northern Luzon, The Philippines
Heading north from Manila you come to Baguio City, the main market and transport hub for the region’s diverse indigenous tribes.
Exploring the mountainous Central Cordillera you will discover a very different Philippines. Passing traditional villages you reach tranquil Sagada with its limestone caves housing hanging coffins.
Ancient culture of Bontoc
Bontoc is the next main town along the road, with a fascinating museum dedicated to the local peoples and to Masferre, a famous photographer whose black and white photos taken between 1934 and 1956 show a Stone Age way of life whose traces live on in the present day.
Rice terraces of Banaue
The highlight of the region is Banaue and its 2,000-year-old rice terraces. Built by the Ifugao tribes and stretching through the valley in a million shades of green, the grandeur of the landscape carved out by generations of traditional farmers is one of Asia’s most spectacular sights.
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Accommodation in Banaue & Northern Luzon
Baguio Burnham Suites
Conveniently located in Kisad Road, beside the historic Our Lady of Lourdes Church and overlooking scenic Burnham Park, Baguio Burnham Suites is a few blocks away from Baguio City's main tourist attractions.
A small, friendly hotel offering comfort and good value in this remote part of the country. The best option for accommodation when visiting the amazing rice terraces.
Activities in Banaue & Northern Luzon
Trek to Batad
Batad is a village deep in the mountains that is known for its rice terraces which have been built in concentric circles down the mountain sides like an amphitheater with the village right in the middle.
Bontoc & Sagada
Bontoc is the first mining town in this mountainous region of North Luzon and a must-see is the Museum of Mountain Culture which has the most complete collection of tribal memorabilia and historical data.
Visit the village of Bangaan, a typical village of the Ifugao tribe. See the typical Ifugao houses, their livelihood, their school and their method of farming the rice terraces.