24 hours in Batad (Banaue)

 

 

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Notes:

1. Php 1715 per pax  – Overnight package tour c/o Ramon’s homestay inclusive of jeep fr Banaue to Batad, Guide fee, Batad tourist fee, overnight accomodation at Ramon’s (1 hut for 7pax), Ifugao costume wearing for photo ops,  and van from Batad to Sagada (1 way drop off only). Contact Jasmin 0975-615-5542.

2. Ohayami bus transit to Banaue costs at 450 per pax and will take you approximately 8-9 hours with 3 stop overs. We are only maybe 15 locals in that 9pm trip the rest are foreigners.

3. Buy water, snacks and other necessities in Banaue before you go to Batad. It’s cheaper.

4. Toploading is so much fun! Please don’t pass up on this. It is not scary at all I promise.

6.  Walking stick for rent at 10pesos. Believe me you need one. Very helpful. Get one!

7.  There are local porters at the saddle point if you want to hire one. Rate is per bag and how heavy it is. Mine costs 100 pesos. They can carry maybe 3-4 bags each way. Go get one! Para sa ekonomiya!

8.  Food around here takes 45 minutes-1 hour waiting time. A cup of coffee or hot chocolate is maybe 30 minutes. Longer wait than the time I spent drinking it. The view of the terraces while waiting for my cup actually makes up for it.

9. Batad is out of coverage area for any mobile network. Try to enjoy and savor that moment of disconnection.

10. Please please check the weather before you go. The time we went, it was drizzling and the trails can be very slippery when wet. I slipped a few times. A tried and tested trek sandals is a must.

11. We went around February to catch the cold weather up north. The terraces were mostly brown muddy pools with some greens. Locals said it is best to go around June and July when the terraces is in their golden color before harvest in August. If you want to see it on its greenest, then go during summer.

12. No ATM in town. Cash is the only way to go.

xoxo,

M

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Aerial view of the amphitheatre like terraces of Batad

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.

Here’s some of our pictures on this trip…

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Many say that Batad Rice Terraces is the best among the 5 rice terraces included in the Unesco World Heritage Site because of it’s ampitheatre like structure.
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Pilapil walk
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Pilapil walk

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too many stairs going to Tappiyah Falls
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25281229 steps later…Tappiyah falls – Freezing water!

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Pilapil walk again going back.
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our accomodation for the night.
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Igorot costume for the ladies. (credits to Allan Geraldez for this photo)
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our view while having breakfast 🙂

xoxo,

Mitzi

 

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Expenses:

Fuel diesel P1k
parking P100
Toll P350
Guide fee P500 per group
Registration fee new trail P30, P20 and P10 per pax

P20 per pail of water for shower or whatever

200 snacks after hike

300 breakfast at Bag of Beans Tagaytay

 

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