Banaue Rice Terraces; A Side Trip to Remember
The Banaue Rice Terraces (Filipino: Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banawe) are 2,000-year-old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.
Every Filipino knows the Banaue Rice Terraces. Most of us saw it the first time in postcards, text books and even printed in our old P1000 bill. But not everyone hasn’t actually seen it yet, including me. Well, there’s always a first time for everyone. That first time happened to us on our 4 days Banaue-Sagada-Baguio trip. We only went to Banaue as a side trip on our way to Sagada but it definitely was one of the most amazing places I ever saw in my life. This is one of the places every Filipino should take pride at. It is quite fascinating and breathtaking.
Going to Banaue
We boarded the Ohayami Bus route at 10PM from Sampaloc, Manila to Banaue. Travel timetook 9hrs with 2 stop overs.
Fare: 450 plus 20 online processing fee
For more information, go to www.ohayamitrans.com
Once in Banaue, there are drivers willing to take you to your destination whether it be in Sagada or your booked guesthouse in Banaue.
Arrival at Banaue
We arrived at Banaue at 7am and as expected, there are drivers there waiting for passengers to take them to their destination. We quickly asked if there is a Van going directly to Sagada and if it is going to stop in a view-point to see the Terraces. They nodded in agreement and pointed us to their van and told us that we will stop over in a restaurant first to have our breakfast before traveling to Sagada.
We had a typical pinoy breakfast at Homestay lodge of Tocilog (for me) and Hotsilog (for wifey) for P105 each. You’ll really need this after that 9hrs long trip from Manila and another 2-3hrs from Banaue to Sagada.
After breakfast, off we travel to the Banaue Rice Terraces view-point on the way to Sagada.
Banaue Rice Terraces View Point
The driver dropped us off, I think, in the second view-point from the Bus terminal. I also think that this is better than the first one.
Once we saw the Rice Terraces in all its glory, we were simply at awe. Our friend even said “Pwede na ako mamatay. Bucket List ko ‘to eh. (I can die now. This is included in my bucketlist)”
Some of our pics:
We also took pictures with the friendly native Ifugao warrior. We did some acting poses like we were fighting each other. He’s so much fun!
After like, 10 minutes… our driver told us it’s time to leave. We really wish we were given more time to appreciate the beauty of the rice terraces but the driver and the other passengers were waiting for us. Maybe next time, we’ll stay for at least one night in Banaue and just marvel at the beautiful rice terraces all day long.
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