The journey to Banaue took 8.5 hrs. Our guide met us at Banaue bus terminal then brought us to some random nearby resto for breakfast. After eating, we bought water, snacks and other necessities at the market. Everything is cheaper here in Banaue than in Batad. Travel time is 1 hour by jeep. She said it’s a must that we ride it toploading style. Ooohhh! It was the best experience ever! Zigzaging downhill road with the majestic view of Banaue rice terraces and the fresh, cold morning air. Anlamiiig! Still kapit lang. We toploaded for like 45 minutes!!! Bad for our butts but we did enjoy every minute of it. The new saddle point was maybe 1 km down the old one. We registered and rented a walking stick (must!) and went down for a 45 mins downhill walk to Batad town. Our guide said we are lucky because we had good weather that day. The sun peeked out after it rained the past 5 days. That explains the muddy trail. It was an exercise just to reach our homestay. Downhill stairs and boulders. Mud. I cringed at the thought of going uphill at these trail tomorrow when we go back.
We stayed at Ramon’s homestay and after putting down our things we trekked the terraces best view deck and nearby Tappiyah Falls. Balancing yourself walking around the terraces was definitely not easy. You have to choose where you’ll fall. Muddy water halfway to your leg on your left or 7 ft down on your right.
After 25281229 steps later…We arrived at Tappiyah Falls. The trek to and from this falls is exhausting that one of my friends loudly asked why are we doing this to ourselves hahaha! After the balancing act we did on the terraces, we now faced uneven stairs and boulders going down and lunged at the same going up. Too much exercise in 1 day! Too bad the water is freezing cold, feels like we will die of hypothermia if we try to take a dip. Not one of us even dared put our feet to the water. Bring lots of energy, water, walking stick and a drone. The view is so worth the body pains we felt the next day 🙂 .
After 3.5 hours trek roundtrip, we are back to our homestay woohoo! That was around 2pm already. We pre-ordered lunch (lunch and early dinner na yun)but surprise surprise it still took nearly an hour to be served. We assumed after our shower we won’t have the energy to go out again and eat so we ate like a king lol. All we wanted to do at this point is collapse into bed. Oh but we have to shower first. In freezing water! The bathroom near our hut doesn’t have hot water. You have to go all the way up the main house (it’s way way up) if you want bathroom with water heater. I braved the cold water. After 5 mins I’m done haha. Some of my friends had a massage at our hut at 300/pax. We slept soundly that night haha.
Last June, as our last hurrah of summer, we did a traverse day hike of Mt. Batulao from the new trail to old trail. The new trail is harder but with 360 view. Old trail is easier but the soil are more loose and no view. It rained the day before and as expected the trail going up was muddy which kinda slowed us down. Arrived at the summit at 6am. We stayed for a max of 45 mins at the top. At 10am we’re back at the base with many 5-10 mins rest in between. I Paid 40 pesos for 2 pails of water for bathing. Omg the best 40 pesos I spent! It’s sooo hot going down that I didn’t even rested much when I arrived. All I want is to shower. And not with hot water. Take note that there’s no decent food to eat at the base, just a few sari sari store. Puyat, gutom at pagod! Bad combinations. We were all so cranky and would like to get out of there as soon as possible. Good thing Tagaytay is just a few kilometers away.
Water at least 2 liters per pax
Snacks (we have jelly ace, chocolate, cookies, boiled egg and sandwiches)
Head lamp or flash light
Change of clothes
slippers (you will need these during your shower and after)