Category Archives: IFUGAO

SNAPSHOT – Banaue Rice Terraces 

Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, the Banaue Rice Terraces, carved some 2000-6000 years ago in the mountain slopes of Ifugao, is considered as a marvel of ancient engineering. The ingenuity and resilience of the Ifugao people led to this striking work of art that became an enduring example of how the Cordilleran tribes adapted to the difficulties posed by the ever changing natural environment. With only minimal tools and animal power, they came up with complex irrigation systems and terraced ponds that follows the contours of the mountains, and everything remains unchanged up to this very day.
How to Get 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. (10-11hrs travel time)

● From Banaue, charter any tricycle that will take you to the different view points of the terraces which are 5-10mins away from each other.

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SNAPSHOT: Mt. Napulauan (2642+MASL)

It is the highest mountain in the province of Ifugao and the 15th highest in the country, and is also part of the Great Cordillera Traverses. Mt. Napulauan is often called as the Million Dollar Mountain, associated as the last refuge of the Tiger of Malaya – Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita. Extensive mossy forests abundant in flora and fauna, challenging assault trails and panoramic views at the top, the experience at the mountain itself is priceless. 

How To Get 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. (Travel Time is 10-11hrs)

● Once you are in Banaue, Ifugao charter a jeep that will take you to the Hungduan Visitor Center to register and secure your guides before proceeding to the Poblacion jump-off point. (Travel Time is 45mins – 1hr)

● Trek time for the Poblacion jump-off to summit is 6-7hrs, from Hapao is 8-9hrs, and from Balentimol is 7-8hrs.


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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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