Rice Terraces of Batad
Rice Terraces of Batad Reviews
Rice Terrace of Batad from Banaue Mar 17, 2014
Batad is one of the World Heritage site,Banaue rice terrace in Philippines. It said one of the Eighth Wonder of the World. Location is Ifugao area which is north of Luzon Island.
The tour include round trip to Batad from Banaue. 45min(a way) ride on a jeepney,45min(a way) trekking to Batad,60min (a way) trekking to Tapiya falls. It would be possible to visit there yourself if you could find a jeepney to go to Batad.
The information center showing the price 800php each about 10-14 group.
When we asked them the tour has not enough people,only 5 persons were there. At first they said 1,000php each as it less people. But it is not our fault. We negotiated to tour conductor then at least they made less 800php each. So please never give up even there are less people and they over more payment.
To ride on top of a jeepney would be nice memory of there,and trekking is fun! The trekking course to Bated is bumpy path also long stairs too. If you don't have a guide you can walk just along the path. If you were still fine to go to the Tapiya falls it takes 1 hour treacking from Batad. Tapiya falls is very high and worth to visit. If you go to the falls,I think it better you have a guide. As the trekking course is not easy to find also on the way,you may see the snakes.
There is an another option,
You can have more long trekking with camping for a few days. You can visit all around there and Ifugao people. If you want to take this course,you should take time enough there.
*The best season would be around middle of April,May. As there are not so green plants when I visited there at middle of March.
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Rice Terraces of Batad Jan 28, 2013
Beautiful steps like terraces offer rice to the gods.
Getting here is not that easy and requires lots of walking on the up and down the mountain and rock steps that come out of the terrace walls. It is definitely not place to go for people that have issues with physical strength or afraid of constant walking on the ledge.
There are no roads to the terraces and you will be left on the "saddle" of the mountain and than it is up to you to walk 45min to the beginning of the village. From there you will have to test your balance skills walking on the sides of the paddies. Paths are not really marked so you should keep asking locals where to go, but they are super friendly and like to talk to you about anything and everything. Always ask to take picture of the locals, not everyone likes constant "photographers" taking pictures of their hard work. There is fee of 50p for "heritage" that you pay when you are entering the village.
My recommendation is to stay in Batad over night and experience the sunrise over terraces. That way you will avoid bad taste of guides hassling you, split the climb for next day and enjoy your time in fullest.
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