Day 5, Batad to Banaue to Solano to Tuguegarao

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Wouldn't you want to wake up to this in the morning?
6:00 p.m. Instead of setting out, Peds got me to agree to a trip to Tapia Waterfalls.  We had to get a guide, Mang Bino, and he led us through the rice terraces which gave us a 180 degree view of the area, then down a cleft in the mountain to the falls, which was very beautiful.  We had to be careful though since we were passing by the area of the hillside that had burned, and our guide was wary of a landslide.  He kept looking up every time some pebbles would slide down.

9:00 a.m.  Peds and I were in hurry to make the 11 a.m. bus.  We didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to the Brits who’d gone on a trek.  Mang Bino said he’d accompany us up to his shop. So despite my aching thighs, I had to take the long painful trek back.  We were so much faster this time, and had only a couple of stops.  We passed a shop that sold finely-made bulol idols and walking canes, but I was already short of cash so I left with regret.
with Mang Bino, our guide
  On the trail we met some elderly types, who’d taken a vehicle all the way up to the halfway point.   I wondered if they would survive the rest of the trek, but they seemed alright.  

11:00 a.m.  At the junction, we chatted with the istambys but there were no vehicles traveling the road.  

11:45  a.m.  Lucky for us, an ambulance passed by and gave us a lift. We stopped next to a roadside stream to fill our water bottles.  It was a wonder how fresh the water was.

12:00 p.m.  At Banaue, but jeepney not full yet, so we had lunch.  Cheap at PhP 35 per person!  We had some Pinaitan, a local dish cooked in a sour sauce that I’d never tried before.  

2:00 p.m.  The jeep wasn’t moving, and we knew that it wouldn’t take us all the way through to Solano, and just stop at Lagawe.
Tappia Waterfalls. Brrr...

4:00 p.m.  At Lagawe we changed jeeps for a Solano-bound one.

5:00 p.m.  Solano finally! Where there were lots of banks.  Found a BPI, but it was offline! We decided to move on, regardless.  Peds had enough to pay his own fare back to Manila, and I still had enough for the trip to Tuguegarao in Cagayan, where I could find another ATM.

5:30 p.m. On the road again. An uneventful trip.  Saw a lot of eucalyptus-like trees, and huts with stacks of firewood outside.  It felt odd to be going back down to the lowlands.  

11:00 a.m. Woke up from a fatigued sleep in Tuguegarao.  Got into an argument with a pushy trike driver, until I found a friendlier one. He drove me around the sleeping town while I looked for an ATM, but again had no luck.  People acted differently from the gentler Ifugaos. A couple of hotels I went to asked for money upfront.  I found Pensione Roma that charged PhP 400/night. The room was small and had no TV but was relatively clean.  So I finally slept.

markymark21 says:
hi! my friends and I just recently came back from our trip to the philippines a few weeks ago and we read some of your blogs to get an idea of what to expect. Just wanted to say it was real helpful to read someone else's experience before we crossed the pacific. It wasn't a total shock to us when we arrived. :)
Posted on: Apr 05, 2008
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with Mang Bino, our guide
with Mang Bino, our guide
Tappia Waterfalls. Brrr...
Tappia Waterfalls. Brrr...
are we there yet?
are we there yet?
hmmm...this is comfy
hmmm...this is comfy
at Ritas
at Rita's
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