SNAPSHOT: Batad Rice Terraces

Tucked within the only landlocked region in the country, the Batad Rice Terraces manifests the ancient engineering skill and ingenuity of the resilient Ifugao people. This massive stone walled terraces rising like stairways to heaven are carved out from the mountain sides and resembles an ampitheater. The Batad cluster of terraces has been around for almost 2000 years and counting. It is known as a popular living landscape recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Getting There:

● Take an Ohayami Bus Line bound for Banaue, Ifugao, it usually leaves at 9:00pm and 10:00pm daily. Terminal is at A.H. Lacson cor. Fajardo St., Sampaloc Manila (Near the University of Sto. Tomas). Alternately, Dangwa Bus Lines also plies this route and leaves at the same time, Terminal is at Kamias, Cubao.

● From Banaue, visit the Tourism Center and book for a day tour to Batad, mode of transportation are jeepneys and tricycles, the 14km road leading to Hadchag takes about an hour of travel time. You can also charter tricycles at the market if traveling solo.

● Upon arrival at Hadchag, hire a guide to take you to the Pula Village which is only accessible by foot and takes around 15 minutes to reach, and from the village one must register first before proceeding to the different viewpoints of the Batad Rice Terraces.
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