Banaue township is located in Northern Luzon around a two hour drive from Bontoc or a three and a half hour drive from Cauayan airport (the closest for the time being). The town is extremely popular with both domestic and foreign visitors who flock to see the magnificent rice terraces some of which date back 2,000 years. The region itself has five world heritage sites, a rich tribal culture and strange quirks only visible in the Ifugao province.
The local people here lead a laid-back life with food, family and farming all playing important parts. Walking through the town you will often hear people listening intently to country western music left behind during the American occupation, homemade smoked rice wine is often shared over a meal and riding on the top of a jeepney is an everyday occurrence. Culture also plays an important part with many rural villages still maintaining traditional Ifugao housing, farming practices remain unchanged and spiritual ceremonies and superstition still exist — the practice of headhunting does not.
However interesting the people are, there is no getting away from the fact that the real reason to come here is to view or trek through the stunning terraces. Among the many examples are Batad which is often seen as the highlight due to its scale and amphitheater like appearance, Banaue — easily accessible and can be viewed from the roadside, Bangaan — a small village nestled among lush perfectly kept paddies and Mayoyao — a little further away and less visited but some say equal to Batad in its magnificence. Hapao is another example which can be visited on route to Sagada. A number of trekking options exist ranging from short walks to multiple day exploration, and your guide will be on hand to tailor each route to your requirements.
Although it does see many tourists, most are backpackers and accommodation still remains relatively simple with the Banaue Hotel being the best in the area — it has a certain aged charm, comfortable rooms and moderate facilities sufficient for a few nights' stay. Dining options are also fairly limited but the town's Sanafe Restaurant offers up a selection of well-prepared local cuisine and an extensive wine list.
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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.View details
Trek to Batad
Trek to Batad
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.View details