Batad village

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our first glimpse of rice terraces

The bus arrived at the station in Banaue at around 7am.  Since we wanted to spend our first night in Batad village, we hired a jeep to take us there.  And to take us to Sagada tomorrow, and around Banaue the day after that.  Jun (the driver) would be our official driver/guide/companion for the next 3 days.  The road to Batad was very bumpy, and the moment we saw anything that resembled rice terraces, we got off to take some photos.  Too much excitement I guess :P 

After over an hour we arrived at the Batad junction.

where's the village??? -- question while resting at shed #1
  We wanted to start early the next day so we asked Jun if he could pick us up in the junction at 8am instead of us meeting him at the town proper of Banaue.  With a half smile he asked us if we were sure about 8am.  We told him that of course, we would be there but it kind of made us wonder.  Specially when he said to us "good luck!" when we were walking towards the trail already.  Hmmm...

To get to the village we had to choose between 2 paths: the short or long way.  The shortcut means going down the makeshift stairs made of rocks.  But it was too steep for our liking, so we took on the long way, which was to follow the winding trail.  So there we were, with our backpacks, cameras, water, ready to go.  We took a peek down the side of the mountain to see where exactly the vilage was, but we couldn't see it from there!  On our way down to the village, we came across a family on their way back up to the junction.

follow the trail
  We chatted for a bit, and they jokingly told us that while it was still early, we should change our minds and go back.  Hahaha.  We said our goodbyes and they wished us luck.  In one of the sheds we met another group, and they also told us to go back while we still can and they also wished us luck.  All these good luck wishes were starting to make us worry (did we look like the types who needed all the luck they could get??? hehe).  Plus they told us that we weren't even halfway there yet.  Sigh.

It took us almost 2 hours to get to the village, and we were quite tired.  But the views were great so we didn't mind it at all.  We had to register at the Batad Tourist Information Center (which is basically a small booth with a sign).

shed #2...
  It's also where you go for accomodation options, hiring guides, porters.  We checked into the Hillside Inn to leave our things, have lunch, and rest a while.  And I mean really rest because we were to trek some more if we wanted to see Tappia falls.  We would have to walk along the rice terraces to get to the falls, and that was the part I was excited about! 

According to our guide, Philip, it would take us about an hour to get to the falls.  We had a blast while trekking -- taking photos, joking around.  After we crossed the rice terraces, it seemed like we had to go to the other side of the mountain.  Now this was the hard part!  We were getting tired, but when we finally saw the falls, I think we all forgot that we were tired.

shed #3...
  It was relaxing just to look at the falls and feel the cool water.  There's a hut located at the bottom of the falls where you can buy snacks and cold drinks, and it's also where everyone hangs out.

We thought that the tough part was over, but the trek back to the village was the toughest! Going down the mountain was easy, but going back up was exhausting!  We had to stop every so often to sip some water and catch our breath.  But of course no matter how hard and tiring it was we pushed ourselves to go on until we finally made it back to the inn.  And of course since we were no pros, it took us almost twice the time to get back but we were so proud of ourselves for being able to do it! Hahaha

azzurri says:
Haha! Yeah, for some reason us girls always bring a lot of stuff :P
Posted on: May 23, 2007
jilltrekker says:
Hahaha. I only made that trip from Batad junction the last time because my brother carried my backpack, while I carried his. For crying out loud, he only probably had 3 shirts to carry with him. I didn't attempt the falls on the same day. :)
Posted on: May 23, 2007
newtampo says:
Nice trip! Would love to go there once.
Posted on: May 18, 2007
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our first glimpse of rice terraces
our first glimpse of rice terraces
wheres the village??? -- question…
where's the village??? -- questio…
follow the trail
follow the trail
shed #2...
shed #2...
shed #3...
shed #3...
shed #4...
shed #4...
getting close...
getting close...
weve finally arrived! the green r…
we've finally arrived! the green …
Batad village
Batad village
rice terraces
rice terraces
a closer look
a closer look
walking along the terraces
walking along the terraces
the distance weve walked so far
the distance we've walked so far
still a long way to go
still a long way to go
where to now? the falls is somewhe…
where to now? the falls is somewh…
Tappia falls
Tappia falls
Philip having fun
Philip having fun
natural cooler :P
natural cooler :P
stones
stones
on our way back
on our way back
really upclose and personal
really upclose and personal
looking down
looking down
the view from Hillside Inn
the view from Hillside Inn
Banaue Hotels & Accommodations review
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